Marywood vs. Centenary
April 29, 2009
The Game Story:
Scranton, PA – Marywood University built a 6-0 lead after the first quarter of Wednesday afternoon’s Colonial States Athletic Conference semifinal and held of a feisty Centenary College to pick up a 12-8 win and advance to Saturday’s CSAC Championship game. The Pacers improved to 10-6 with the victory while the Cyclones end their season with a 6-9 mark.

William Roerden (Warwick, NY) gave the Pacers a 2-0 lead with consecutive goals over the first 5:47 of Wednesday’s game. After George Downey IV (Palmyra, PA) extended Marywood’s lead with an unassisted goal at the 7:38 mark of the opening quarter, Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA) scored consecutive goals before Joe LaBella (Allentown, PA) scored with just 24 seconds remaining in the opening 15 minutes to give Marywood a 6-0 lead.

Centenary got on the board on a Joe Swantkoski goal a minute and a half into the second quarter, before the Pacers’ got a goal from Ryne Boyle (Farmingville, NY) at the 12:06 mark. The Cyclones’ Travis Roy and Marywood’s Jamie Beagan (Patchogue, NY) traded goals as Marywood took an 8-2 lead into halftime.

The two teams each scored twice in the third quarter, giving Marywood a 10-4 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Parks scored his third goal of the day 50 seconds into the fourth quarter to extend Marywood advantage to seven, but Centenary’s Jason Rieg answered at the 8:19 mark. Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) would net one for the Pacers with 6:58 remaining to give Marywood a 12-5 lead before the Cyclones scored the final three goals of the game.

Marywood, who held a 44-25 advantage in shots and a 41-33 edge in groundballs for the game, were lead by Parks who finished with five points on three goals and two assists. Roerden added two goals and an assist and Downey added three points on a goal and two helpers.

Rieg led Centenary with four goals and two assists while Swantkoski and Roy each had two-point games for the Cyclones, who got 14 saves from goalkeeper Brian Troilo.

Eric Luhrmann (Glens Falls, NY) improved to 7-1 on the season after making nine saves in Marywood’s goal as the Pacers advanced to the conference championship game in just their second year of play.

The Pacers will face the winner of tonight’s game between Cabrini College and Gwynedd-Mercy College at the site of the highest winning seed in the CSAC Championship game on Saturday. The winner of Saturday’s contest earns an automatic berth in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament.