Marywood vs. Immaculata
April 15, 2009
The Game Story:
Scranton, PA - Marywood University clinched home-field advantage in the semifinal round of the upcoming Colonial States Athletic Conference playoffs with a 17-13 win over Immaculata University on Wednesday afternoon. With the win, the Pacers improve to 8-4 on the season and remain perfect at 5-0 in conference play while the Mighty Macs fall to 3-8 overall and 1-3 in the CSAC.

Immaculata scored two goals in the opening 3:09 to take an early 2-0 advantage before Alex Dawson (Binghamton, NY) responded with an unassisted goal at the 11:25 and Jamie Beagen (Patchogue, NY) tied the scored 23 seconds later of a George Downey (Palmyra, PA) assist.

The two teams would enter the second period tied at 4-4 after Marywood’s Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA) traded two goals with a pair by the visitors to close the period.

The Pacers would score the only two tallies of the second period as Parks completed his hat-trick and Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) scored with 6:37 to play to give Marywood a 6-4 halftime lead.

The Mighty Macs would battle back to tie the score at 7-7 at the 9:38 mark of the third quarter after getting three goals in response to a tally by the hosts’ Brian Roerden. The two teams traded goals before Immaculata reclaimed their first lead since early in the game when Brendan Dinneen scored a man-up goal for the Mighty Macs.

Marywood responded with the next five goals of the contest, however, and held a 12-9 lead when Ryne Boyle (Farmingville, NY) scored just nine seconds into the final 15 minutes of play.

A goal by Immaculata’s Tim Flannagan brought the visitors back within two goals with 13:33 to play, but that is as close as they would come as the Pacers outscored the Mighty Macs 5-3 over the final 9:09 of the contest.

Boyle led Marywood’s attack with five goals and one assist while Parks finished with four goals and one helper as the Pacers notched their sixth-consecutive victory.

Eric Luhrmann (Glens Falls, NY) made 11 saves in the Pacers cage to pick up the win while Andrew Sim made 17 stops in a losing effort between Immaculata’s pipes.

Marywood will return to action this Saturday when they take on Wells College in a non-conference game scheduled to face-off at 12:00 noon in Scranton.