Marywood Scores Two Late to Edge W&J in ECAC Semifinals

Scranton, PA Despite scoring a season-low seven goals, Marywood used a solid defensive effort to gut out a 7-6 victory over Washington & Jefferson College on Saturday to advance to the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship. The second-seeded Pacers will take on fourth-seeded Alvernia, a 19-11 winner over top-seed Lebanon Valley in Saturday's other semifinal, on Sunday at 10:00 a.m. for the title on Marywood's Turf Field.

W&J opened a 2-0 lead over the first 10:31 of Saturday's semifinal game before Marywood responded with back-to-back goals separated by just 36 seconds to tie the game at 2-2 with 14:35 to play in the opening half. Diana D'Achille tallied off a feed from Brooke Bondurant before Taylor McKeown off a setup from Sarah Caughy to level the score.

The Presidents reclaimed the lead at the 7:11 mark when Liz Turcik converted a free-position opportunity, But D'Achille sent the game into halftime deadlocked at three-apiece with an unassisted marker with just 15 seconds to play in the opening half.

The Pacers claimed their first lead of the game just 1:13 into the second half when D'Achille completed her hat-trick off a Kimberly Commisso assist, and McKeown's second goal of the evening stretched the hosts' lead to 5-3 with 25:16 left in regulation.

W&J battled back with consecutive goals from Megan Kelly and Lauren Novak to knot the game at 5-5 with 17:34 left in regulation, but D'Achille again had a response, netting an unassisted goal with 5:22 to play to give Marywood a one-goal edge. Bondurant added a much needed insurance goal, assisted by Commisso, with 2:11 left in regulation.

The Presidents cut their deficit to 7-6 with 1:10 to play on a Brittney Oake tally and then gained possession with time winding down, but were unable to get a shot at the equalizer off as the Pacers' defense buckled down to punch Marywood's ticket to the championship game.

The Pacers, who held a 24-14 advantage in shots for the game, were led by D'Achille's four-goal effort while McKeown finished with a pair of goals. Bondurant (1 goal, 1 assist) and Commisso (2 assists) also added two points in the win for Marywood. Commisso added a game-high six groundballs to go along with two caused turnovers while D'Achille led all players with six draw controls.

Marywood, who held a 22-19 edge in groundballs for the game and an 11-4 advantage in draw controls, got five saves from winning goalie Leigha Dolcemascolo.

Turcik and Oake had two goals apiece to lead W&J, while Novak finished with a goal and an assist for the Presidents, who end their season with a13-4 record. Julia McLellan took the loss in goal despite making 12 saves.

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SCRANTON, Pa. -- Second-seeded Marywood scored twice in the final five minutes to secure a 7-6 victory over third-seeded Washington & Jefferson on Saturday evening in the semifinals of the 2012 ECAC Mid-Atlantic tournament.

The host Pacers (16-4) will face fourth-seeded Alvernia in the championship match on Sunday. Diana D'Achille scored four goals to lead Marywood.

W&J bounced out to a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the match after goals by seniors Liz Turcik (Ligonier, Pa./Miss Halls School) and Brittney Oake (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery). Marywood scored twice 36 seconds apart to tie the game, but Turcik found the back of the net at the 7:11 mark for a 3-2 W&J lead.

D'Achille forced a 3-3 halftime tie after scoring 15 seconds before the break. She then gave the Pacers their first lead 77 seconds into the second half and Taylor McKeown followed with a goal three minutes later.

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2012-05-12



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