Marywood Sets the Pace Over Shenandoah

Scranton, PA Marywood clinched the second seed in the upcoming CSAC playoffs with a 14-7 victory over Shenandoah on Saturday afternoon. The Pacers, who honored their 12 seniors prior to the contest, improve to 8-6 on the season and 5-1 in conference play, while the Hornets fall to 2-13 this spring and 1-5 in the CSAC.

Chris Riley opened the scoring for Marywood off a James Martell assist just 44 seconds into Saturday's contest before Marcus Janda doubled the Pacers' lead at the 12:04 mark of the opening period. Shenandoah countered with two goals of their own to knot the score at 2-aside, before Greg Nester gave the Pacers a 3-2 lead with 1:24 remaining in the opening period.

Riley Dobel restored Marywood's two-goal advantage just over a minute into the second quarter off a Sam Trill helper before the Hornets cut their deficit back to a goal just under two minutes later. John Pelligrini set up Dobel's second goal of the contest at the 10:03 mark, but Shenandoah again was able to draw back to within one. Nick Johnson's unassisted tally with 4:02 to play in the first half pushed the hosts' lead to 6-4, but the Hornets scored twice in the final 3:56 to send the game into halftime tied at 6-6.

Marywood exploded in the third quarter as the Pacers netting all four goals in the period to hold a 10-6 advantage heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Nester scored a pair of unassisted goals to start the run before Dante Frederico fed Janda for his second marker of the contest. Joe LaBella closed out the scoring in the period unassisted at the 5:05 mark.

Marywood extended their lead to 12-6 by netting the first two tallies of the fourth quarter with Riley connecting after taking a pass from Brandon Terlizzi and Dobel completing his hat-trick unassisted with 13:19 left in the game. Shenandoah would finally halt the Pacers run with 5:44 to play, but unassisted goals from Chris Vogel and LaBella in the final 1:46 iced the win for Marywood.

Dobel and Nester recorded three goals apiece to lead Marywood's attack, which outshot the Hornets 56-32 for the afternoon. Janda, Riley, and LaBella each found the net twice in the win for the Pacers. Vogel recorded game-highs of 10 groundballs and seven caused turnovers while Johnson scooped up seven groundballs as the Pacers held a 49-34 advantage in fight for loose balls.

Nicholas Cornella made eight saves in goal in nearly 55 and a half minutes in action to earn the win while Steve Kilian and Brian White split the final 4:35 in the Pacers' cage without being forced to make a stop.

David Estoclet recorded four points on two goals and two assists to lead Shenandoah's attack while Bryan Pope and Mac Hedrick recorded two goals apiece. Tyler Quinn took the loss in the Hornets' cage despite turning in a 20-save performance.

Before playoffs begin, Marywood will close out the regular season next Saturday at first-year program Rosemont College in the regular season finales for both teams. The CSAC contest between the Pacers and Ravens in scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. in Rosemont, PA.

Marywood will host one CSAC Semifinal on Tuesday, May 1st at a time yet to be determined while top-seeded Cabrini College will host another semifinal on the same day. The semifinal winners will then meet on Saturday, May 5th for the conference championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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SCRANTON, Pa. - Host Marywood used a strong third quarter to key a 14-7 CSAC men's lacrosse victory over Shenandoah Saturday afternoon.

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