Marywood vs. Psu Abington
April 11, 2009
The Game Story:
Scranton, PA – Marywood University built a 12-0 halftime lead over Penn State Abington and cruised to a 19-4 win over the Lions in non-conference men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The Pacers, who have won five consecutive games, improve to 7-4 on the season while the Lions remain winless in ten contests this year.

Marywood would build a 5-0 lead after the first quarter led by three goals and two assists from William Roerden (Warwick, NY). Ryne Boyle (Farmingville, NY) added a goal and two helpers in the opening 15 minutes with James Martell (North Salem, NY) supplying the Pacers other tally.

Joe Labella (Allentown, PA) scored at the 10:27 mark of the second period and Drew Lozoskie (Forest Hill, MD) followed with a marker of his own 44 seconds later to stretch Marywood’s lead to 7-0.

Dustin Sturdevant (Binghamton, NY) scored the next four goals of the game and Jamie Beagen (Patchogue, NY) followed with a goal of his own to give the Pacers a 12-0 halftime lead.

After Nick Parks (Emmaus, PA) found net at the 5:46 mark of the third quarter, Penn State’s Jordan Dipentino broke up Marywood’s bid for a shutout with an unassisted tally with 5:14 remaining in the period.

The Pacers’ Josh Geiger (Palmyra, PA) countered with a pair of goals, both assisted by Anthony Tuscai (West Chester, PA) and Rob Swab (Bloomfield, NJ) added a marker of his own as Marywood took a 16-1 lead into the final stanza.

The Lions’ Peter Seweryn and Billy Kelly scored early fourth quarter goals for the visitors before Marywood responded with three of their own. Kelly closed out the scoring for Penn State with his second goal of the afternoon with just 51 seconds to play.

Marywood held a 46-22 advantage in shots for the game and won the groundball battle by a 59-39 margin. The Pacers, who won 24 of the game’s 27 face-offs, saw four players score their first collegiate goals, highlighted by Geiger’s hat-trick. Labella, Brian Presti (Monmouth Junction, NJ), and Jon Bieler (Hampton, NJ) each netted the first goals of their careers.

Roerden finished with a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists while Boyle contributed five points on a goal and four assists. Geiger (3 goals, 1 assist) and Sturdevant (4 goals) had four-point games for the Pacers.

Eric Luhrmann (Glens Falls, NY) made three saves in nearly 22 and a half minutes of action in Marywood’s goal to notch his fifth save of the season. Jesse Habich (Broomall, PA) made three saves in nearly 16 minutes of action, while Ben Slechta (Millers, MD) made one stop in nearly 11 minutes between the Pacers’ pipes. Matthew Churchwell (Macomb, MI) played the final 10:45 in Marywood’s goal and made two saves.

Penn State’s Ian Lydon made 17 saves in the Lions’ cage in a losing effort.

Marywood will put its five-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday when they host Immaculata University in a key Colonial States Athletic Conference match-up. With a win, the Pacers can secure home-field advantage for the semifinal round of the upcoming CSAC playoffs. Face-off with the Mighty Macs is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in Scranton.