Pacers Nip Cyclones to Clinch Top Seed for CSAC Playoffs

Scranton, PA Marywood celebrated Senior Day by clinching the top seed in the upcoming CSAC playoffs with an 18-16 win over Centenary on Saturday afternoon. The Pacers, who got four goals apiece from Brooke Bondurant, Kimberly Commisso, and Diana D'Achille, improve to 11-3 and 7-0 in conference play with their sixth-straight win, while the Cyclones see their record drop to 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the CSAC.

Centenary struck first on Saturday, finding the back of the net just under one and a half minutes into the contest before Kathy DiGiacomo found the equalizer at the 26:25 mark of the first starting a 6-1 run for the Pacers that put them up by four midway through the first half. Bondurant scored three goals during the run while Commisso and Sarah Caughy also added single markers during the spurt.

The two teams traded goals over the final 13:35 to put Marywood ahead 9-5 at halftime. D'Achille, DiGiacomo, and Commisso accounted for Marywood's final three goals of the half.

The Cyclones outscored the Pacers 8-2 over the first 7:58 of the second half to tie the game at 11-11. Caughy and D'Achille scored goals separated by just 13 seconds to give Marywood a 13-11 advantage with 19:43 to play. After the visitors cut their deficit to a single goal, Taylor McKeown scored unassisted and D'Achille followed with a pair of goals to push Marywood's lead to 16-12 with 12:49 left in regulation.

Centenary rattled off three straight goals to cut Marywood's advantage to 16-15 with 6:50 remaining. Bondurant halted the run with her fourth goal of the game at the 3:17 mark, but the Cyclones responded just 18 seconds later. McKeown netted her second goal of the afternoon with 2:27 to add an insurance goal and the Pacers held possession down the stretch to hold on for the win.

Leigha Dolcemascolo made eight saves to earn her program record-breaking 11th win of the season in goal for Marywood. Andrea Senkarik turned aside seven shots from the Pacers at the other end in the loss.

An evenly played contest throughout, both teams fired off 31 shots apiece with Centenary holding a narrow, 25-21 edge in groundballs for the game while the Marywood held a slim, 18-17 advantage in draw controls.

Marywood will look to complete an unbeaten regular season in conference play on Monday when the Pacers travel to Aston, PA to take on CSAC opponent Neumann University in the team's final conference game of the season at 7:00 p.m.

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SCRANTON, Pa. (April 21, 2012) - The Cyclones, after trailing by as many as four goals, brought the game to within one six times in the second half, but could not nose past the the Pacers, falling to Marywood 18-16 in the final regular season Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) game.

Centenary's only lead of the day came a minute and a half into the game when Rebecca Balfour found Meredith Bruce with a pass which Bruce hurled past the Marywood goalie for a goal to open the scoring. The Pacers responded however, with three consecutive goals over the next four minutes to take a 3-1 lead.

The Cyclones brought the game to within one when Danielle Bay netted her first of a game high seven goals at the 20:44 mark of the first half. Again, however, the Pacers responded with three straight goals, this time pushing the lead to 6-2.

Centenary and Marywood traded the next six goals of the game to end the first half with the Pacers leading 9-5 at the intermission.

The Cyclones stormed out of the gate in the second half, getting into the three consecutive goal trend, scoring a trio of goals in the first two and a half minutes. Nicole Judd notched the first goal of the half, followed by goals from Bay and Balfour, with Bruce returning the favor to Balfour by assisting on her goal.

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