Pacers Advance to CSAC Final with Win over Centenary

Scranton, PA Diana D'Achille recorded nine points and Kimberly Commisso added six points to lead top-seeded Marywood to a 24-14 win over fourth-seeded Centenary in a CSAC semifinal game on Wednesday evening. The Pacers, now 14-3 on the season and winners of nine-straight games, advance to the CSAC Final for the second year in a row where they will host Cabrini College on Saturday at a time yet to be determined.

Marywood built a 6-1 lead over the first 12:46 of Wednesday night's game behind two goals from Commisso and single tallies by D'Achille, Taylor McKeown, Kelly Kryspin, and Sarah Caughy. After a pair of goals for Centenary cut the Pacers' lead in half, D'Achille rattled off four-straight goals to stretch the host's lead to 10-3 with 9:23 to play in the opening period.

The Cyclones scored a pair of goals before Caughy netted his second marker of the afternoon at the 7:55 mark, but the visitors trimmed their deficit to 11-7 with five minutes left in the frame with another two-goal spurt before Brooke Bondurant found the back to the net with 33 seconds remaining in the stanza to give Marywood a 12-7 lead at halftime.

Centenary scored the first two goals of the second half, cutting their deficit to 12-9 before D'Achille netted her sixth tally of the evening. After the Cyclones got one back with 21:54 to play in the second half, Marywood responded with four tallies from four different players to lead 17-10with 15:34 remaining. Yet another two-goal spurt by the visitors cut the Pacers' lead to 17-12 before Commisso netted back-to-back tallies to push the hosts' advantage to 19-12.

The Cyclones' cut their deficit to six goals with 9:23 left in regulation, but the Pacers dashed any hope of a Centenary comeback with five unanswered goals over the next eight minutes to seal their program-record setting 14th win of the season.

Marywood, who held a 40-29 advantage in shots for the game, was paced by D'Achille's seven goals and two assists while Commisso finished with five goals and one helper. Bondurant and Caughy finished with three goals and one assist apiece while Kryspin (2 goals, 1 assist), Kathy DiGiacomo (2 goals, 1 assist), and McKeown (2 goals) all added multi-point performances in the win. McKeown's two goals moved her into sole possession of seventh place on the NCAA Division III's all-time goal-scoring list.

D'Achille also added game-highs of 15 draw controls and five groundballs while Bondurant, Lauren Indelicato, and Stephanie Naro collected two caused turnovers apiece on the defensive end. Leigha Dolcemascolo made ten saves on the evening to earn the win in net for the Pacers.

Centenary (10-5) got four goals apiece from Danielle Bay and Rebecca Balfour while Allie Swartz added three tallies in the loss. Goalie Andrea Senkarik made four saves while going the distance in the Cyclones' cage.

Marywood will host their second-straight CSAC Final on Saturday at a time yet to be determined. The Pacers will take on second-seeded Cabrini College, a 16-13 winner over Gwynedd-Mercy College in Wednesday's other semifinal, with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Marywood defeated the Cavaliers 16-5 when the two teams met during the regular season.

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SCRANTON, Pa. (May 2, 2012) - Centenary clawed back several times but could not stop Marywood in the long run as the Cyclones fell 24-14 to the Pacers in their Colonial States Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal game.

Both teams felt each other out for the initial four minutes until Marywood opened the scoring in a man-down situation at the 25:48 mark. The Pacers struck again :40 seconds later to take a 2-0 lead five minutes into the game. On minute later, however the Cyclones scored their first goal of the game when Nicole Judd (St. Louis, MO, Lafayette) found Arden Wright (Coatesville,PA, Coatesville) in front of goal with a pass with which Wright shot past Marywood goalie Leigh Dolcemascolo.

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