Pacers Fall in CSAC Semifinals to Gwynedd-Mercy

Scranton, PA Gwynedd-Mercy outscored Marywood 6-1 in the second half of Tuesday night's CSAC semifinal game and advanced to Saturday's championship game with an 11-4 victory over the Pacers. The Griffins, who improved to 10-5 on the season with the win, will take on top-seeded Cabrini in Saturday's title game, while the Pacers fall to 9-7 this spring and will await word about a potential bid to the Eastern States Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament.

Gwynedd-Mercy opened the scoring just 2:34 into Tuesday night's game on a Nicholas Coan goal, but Marywood leveled the score 43 seconds later when Sam Trill scored off an Andrew Alberalla assist. The Pacers took the lead at the 8:51 mark of the opening quarter when Greg Nester scored unassisted, but the Griffins knotted the score at 2-2 just 20 seconds later.

Gwynedd-Mercy went back in front 4:55 into the second period before an unassisted tally from Dante Frederico with 4:34 to play in the frame leveled the contest at three-apiece. The Griffins would score two goals in the final 2:43 of the half to hold a 5-3 lead at the break.

The Griffins scored the only three goals of the third quarter, including a pair from Coan, to stretch their advantage to 8-3 heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Gwynedd-Mercy then rattled off three-straight goals in the fourth quarter, stretching a run of eight unanswered goals from the 2:43 mark of the second quarter, to hold a comfortable, 11-3 lead with 2:57 left in regulation. Trill netted his second goal of the afternoon of a feed from Dylan Swope with Marywood a man-up to close out the scoring with just over a minute left in regulation.

Gwynedd-Mercy, who avenged a 9-8 regular season loss to the Pacers, were led by Coan's six-point effort which came on four goals and two assists. Roy Bakeoven (2 goals, 1 assist) and Mason Risner (1 goal, 2 assists) added three points apiece for the Griffins, who held a 51-26 advantage in shots for the game and a 38-29 edge in groundballs.

Ryley O'Keefe made 10 saves in Gwynedd-Mercy's net to pick up the win while Jonathan Figliola won 11 of the game's 18 faceoffs.

Trill scored a pair of goals to lead Marywood's attack, setting a new single-season record with 34 tallies on the year. Nicholas Cornella was solid in the Pacers' cage, suffering the loss despite turning aside 14 shots. John Pelligrini led the hosts with five groundballs and two caused turnovers while Nester picked up four groundballs for Marywood.

The Pacers are now hoping to receive their second-straight ECAC Tournament bid with selections expected to be announced late next Monday.


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