SVC Wins PAC Championship over Thiel

LATROBE (April 26) - Saint Vincent avenged last season's Presidents' Athletic Conference championship game loss to Thiel with an 18-14 win over the Tomcats at Chuck Noll Field.

The Bearcats won both of their PAC tournament games by 18-14 scores and claimed their first league title in the process. Following the game, Saint Vincent third-year head coach Jym Walters was honored as the conference Coach of the Year and junior Molly Snyder captured league Player of the Year honors.

Saint Vincent started strong for a consecutive day, opening leads of 5-0 and 9-1 in the games early stages. Sarah Wallerstedt scored the opening goals of the contest 30 seconds apart (27:37 and 27:07). Kaley Burkardt then found the back of the net at 24:27 off a pass from Snyder, 3-0. Burkardt returned the favor 41 seconds later, assisting on Snyder's first goal of the game. The 5-0 run was capped on a free-position goal by Burkardt at 21:15.

Thiel got on the board with its own free-position goal 10 minutes into the game, but four goals by SVC, including two from Burkardt, stretch the lead to 9-1 13:02 into play.

With SVC ahead, 11-2, the Tomcats rallied with three goals within three minutes to make it an 11-5 score, but Maggie Garvey and Snyder put the lead up to eight goals, 13-5, with 7:32 left in the half. Thiel scored two of the three goals over the final 6:23 of the first and SVC led 14-7 at halftime.

Four-straight goals by Thiel, spanning 10:57, made it a three-goal game, 14-11, but Burkardt and Helena Shoplik each scored as SVC stretched the lead back to five goals. Two goals by the Tomcats were answered by a pair of Burkardt scores and Thiel added a final goal with 4:52 to play as SVC held on for the 18-14 victory.

SVC held a slim, 29-28, advantage on shots in the contest and converted 3 of 7 free-position attempts. Thiel scored on five of their nine attempts from the eight-meter arc. SVC also controlled 20 of 34 draws.

Burkardt led SVC with 11 shots, while Snyder took seven shots. Amie Dobracki recorded six draw controls to lead SVC. Burkardt, Garvey and Jessica Welch each picked up four ground balls in the win.

Burkardt's nine points (seven goals) led all players, while Snyder finished with eight points (four goals, four assists). Shoplik recorded a hat trick and four points, with Wallerstedt finishing with three points.

Michelle Mitchell improved to 11-2 on the season in goal, making eight saves in 60 minutes.


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