Marywood Tops Morrisville to Advance in ECAC Tourney

Scranton, PA Marywood's second-seeded team advanced ECAC Mid-Atlantic semifinals with a 15-9 victory over #7 Morrisville State on Wednesday evening. The Pacers, who got six points from Kimberly Commisso and four goals from Diana D'Achille, improve to 15-4 this spring and will host the ECAC semifinals and championship this weekend.

Kathy DiGiacomo opened the scoring for Marywood just under five minutes into the4 game before the Mustangs leveled the score 9:58 into the contest. The Pacers used a three-goal run to hold a 4-1 lead with Commisso, Sarah Caughy, and Brooke Bondurant finding twin in the spurt. Morrisville countered with back-to-back goals to narrow their deficit to 4-3 with 11:17 to play in the opening half, but the Pacers scored the final four goals of the half to lead 8-3 at the break. D'Achille scored twice for the hosts while Commisso and Taylor McKeown also tallied.

Marywood extended their lead to 11-3 by netting the first three markers of the second half while D'Achille sandwiching a pair of tallies around Commisso's third goal of the game. The two teams then swapped a pair of goals apiece before the Mustangs rattled off three unanswered goals to cut the Pacers' lead to 13-8 with 9:24 to play, but that's as close as the visitors would come down the stretch as McKeown and Bondurant each added their second goals of the game around a tally by Morrisville State.

Commisso finished with a game-high six points on five goals and one assist while D'Achille (4 goals), Bondurant (2 goals, 1 assist), and McKeown (2 goals) also had multi-point efforts in the win. Lauren Indelicato led all players with six groundballs and added two caused turnovers while Commisso tied for a game-high with three caused turnovers.

Leigha Dolcemascolo made nine saves to earn her 15th win of the season in goal for Marywood, who holed a 38-21 advantage in shots for the game while also holding a 28-18 edge in groundballs for the night.

Lesa Ward (3 goals) and Shelby Wood (2 goals, 1 assist) had three points apiece to lead Morrisville State, who got 12 stops in goal from Danielle Puzio. The Mustangs finished the 2012 season with a 13-6 record.

Marywood will take on third-seeded Washington and Jefferson (12-3), a 9-7 winner over St. Joseph's LI on Wednesday afternoon, in a semifinal game in Scranton on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Top-seeded Lebanon Valley College will take on #4 Alvernia in Saturday's other semifinal at 3:00 p.m. with the winners to meet on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the championship.

2012-05-09



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