Cabrini Outlasts Marywood to Claim CSAC Championship

Scranton, PA Second-seeded Cabrini built a five-goal halftime lead and held off several surges by top seed and host Marywood on Saturday afternoon to win the CSAC championship with a 19-16 victory of the Pacers.

The Cavaliers improve to 10-8 on the season and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament while Marywood falls to 14-4 with their first loss in their last 10 games. The Pacers now await word on a potential bid to the Eastern States Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament.

Marywood's Diana D'Achille recorded a game-high eight points and three other Pacers netted hat-tricks on Saturday, including Taylor McKeown, who moved into a tie for sixth place among all-time goal scorers in NCAA Division III history, but it wasn't enough as Cabrini avenged a 16-5 loss to the Pacers in the regular season, as Marywood settled for a conference runner-up finish for the second-straight year.

Sarah Caughy gave Marywood a 1-0 lead just 45 seconds into Saturday's championship game, but Cabrini responded with four straight goals to hold a 4-1 lead after 9:05 of play. The Pacers responded with goals from D'Achille, Brook Bondurant, and Kimberly Commisso to tie the game at four-apiece with 16:56 left in the opening half before the Cavaliers went back in front at the 15:17 mark.

D'Achille's second goal of the contest leveled the score at 5-5 with 13:34 to play in the period, but Cabrini responded with the game's next two goals to take a lead they would not relinquish the rest of the game. D'Achille cut the Pacers' deficit to 7-6 at the 9:51 mark, but the Cavaliers outscored the hosts 4-1 the rest of the half to hold a 12-7 advantage at the intermission.

Cabrini extended their lead to seven goals by netting the first two markers of the second half before back-to-back goals by Marywood, both while the Pacers short a player due to a yellow card, to cut the visitors' lead to 14-9. Caughy scored the first goal off a pass from Danielle McCabe before D'Achille tallied again. The Cavaliers briefly halted the Pacers' momentum with a goal at the 20:46 mark, but Marywood rattled off three-straight goals to narrow their deficit to 15-12 with just over 16 minutes left in regulation. Caughy, McKeown, and D'Achille netted a goal apiece and D'Achille and Kathy DiGiacomo added assists during the run.

Back-to-back goals by Cabrini restored the Cavaliers' five-goal cushion before Commisso tallied her third goal of the game with 10:29 left on the clock to make the score 17-13 in favor of the visitors. Cabrini again responded with a pair of goals to extend their lead to 19-13 with 8:28 remaining. McKeown added a pair of goals before D'Achille netted her sixth tally of the contest with 1:49 to play, but the Pacers' comeback bid ran out of time as the Cavaliers held on to win the conference championship.

Cabrini's Sara Carzo was named the championship Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals and assisting on two others for six points. Lacie Doubet led the Cavaliers with seven points on five goals and two helpers while Melissa Scanzano finished with four goals for Cabrini, who got nine saves from winning goalie Janel Folkomer.

D'Achille's eight points came on six goals and two assists while McKeown, Caughy, and Commisso each scored three goals for Marywood. Brooke Bondurant added a goal and an assist to add a multi-point effort while D'Achille also tied a single-game program record with 17 draw controls on the afternoon.

Ashley Cavellier led all players with three caused turnovers while Commisso, Lauren Indelicato, and Stephanie Naro added two caused turnovers apiece. Commisso and Naro tied for a team-high with three groundballs apiece. Leigha Dolcemascolo made eight saves in the loss for the Pacers.

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