Lycoming Falls on Last-Second Goal to Marywood

SCRANTON, Pa. Junior Kari Rybak (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) scored three goals in the final 7:07 to help Lycoming nearly complete a four-goal comeback, but a last-second goal by Marywood's Sarah Caughy helped it to a 14-13 non-conference win at Pacers Athletic Field on Tuesday night, March 11.

Rybak, who finished with a career-high four points on three goals and an assist, also added four draw controls and three ground balls. Most importantly, she willed the Warriors (0-4 overall) through the game's final seven minutes, as she scored on a free-position shot with 7:07 left to bring the Warriors within a goal at 12-11. After a clear by Marywood, the Warriors got the ball back and on a second attempt at the goal, Rybak drew another free-position shot and delivered the tying strike with 4:00 left.

Stacy Griffing responded at the 3:10 mark with a free-position goal for the Pacers, but Rybak earned the ensuing draw control. The Warriors took two shots before Rybak scored with 45 seconds, knotting the game again at 13. The Pacers won the draw, though, and took three shots in the closing seconds, with Caughy scoring the winning goal off a free-position shot with 1.7 seconds left.

The Pacers (1-4 overall) started the second half on a 5-1 run through the first 15 minutes of the second half before a goal by junior Erin Cieniewicz (Shillington, Pa./Governor Mifflin) started a 4-0 run by the Warriors that was capped by Rybak's first two goals to tie the game at 12.

Marywood opened up a 3-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, but the Warriors fought back with three goals in a three-minute span, with Cieniewicz tying the game with 18:10 left in the half. From there, neither team could take more than a one-point advantage in the rest of the half. Senior Maureen Heagy (Drexel Hill, Pa./Upper Darby) gave Lycoming its first lead at 5-4 with 6:04 left and the Warriors took the lead twice more, but Marywood tied it each time, with Kimberly Commisso tying the game at seven with 45 seconds left in the half.

Junior Casey Maguire (Egg Harbor Township, N.J./Egg Harbor Township) finished with a goal and four assists and sophomore Savannah Fox (Port Deposit, Md./Perryville) and senior Amber Graybill (Pasadena, Md./Pasadena) each added two goals and an assist. Heagy and Cieniewicz each posted two goals for the Warriors, with Cieniewicz adding seven draw controls. Freshman Elizabeth VanHorn (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) added three ground balls and two caused turnovers and freshman Leanne Shaw (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford) posted a goal and two caused turnovers.

Caughy finished with five goals and an assist for the Pacers and Kimberly Commisso added four goals and four draw controls. Kathy DiGiacomo posted two goals and an assist and Samantha Akshar added four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Warriors get back on the field on Saturday, March 15, when they host Gwynedd Mercy at the Shangraw Athletic Complex at 1:00 p.m.


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