February 23, 2011

Habich, Marywood Rally Past Muhlenberg

from press release

SCRANTON, Pa. – Marywood University scored five goals in the final 12:14 of Wednesday afternoon's season-opener against Muhlenberg College on their way to a 7-5 victory in non-conference men's lacrosse action. George Downey IV scored three goals in the final frame and Jessie Habich made 21 saves for the game to lead the Pacers to the win.

Nick Parks would score the only goal of the first quarter for Marywood, collecting an unassisted marker with 4:05 to play in the period. Muhlenberg's Jack Reilly tied the score 3:08 into the second half by converting off a feed from Doug Rheiner and the Mules took a 2-1 lead with 4:43 to play in the opening half as Brent Siebold scored unassisted. The visitors would hold the slim, one-goal lead at halftime after out-shooting the Pacers 20-9 in the first 30 minutes of play.

Jamie Beagen knotted the score with an unassisted tally at the 11:03 mark of the third quarter, but Reilly's second goal of the game at the 8:30 mark put Muhlenberg back in front.

Downey took a feed from Gregory Nester and found the back of the net just 52 seconds into the fourth quarter to knot the score at 3-apiece, but the Mules reclaimed their one-goal lead on an unassisted marker by Rheiner. The Pacers needed all off four seconds to level the score once again as Downey won the ensuing face-off, raced down the field and scored.

Marywood took their first lead since the first quarter just under two minutes later when Nester beat Muhlenberg goalie Mike Horowitz unassisted, but Siebold tied the score at 5-5 with an unassisted tally of his own with 6:40 to play.

After withstanding a sustained attack by the Mules, Marywood gained possession and following a successful clear, called a timeout. Coming out of the huddle, Beagen quickly found Downey who completed his hat-trick to give the Pacers a 6-5 edge with 2:46 to play. Muhlenberg gained possession of the following face-off and peppered Habich, who was up to each test and William Roerden scored off of Beagen's second helper of the contest as time expired to ice the Marywood win.

Downey (3 goals) and Beagen (1 goal, 2 assists) each record three-point games to lead Marywood. Greg Nester was the third Pacer with a multi-point effort as the sophomore midfielder recorded a goal and an assist.

Habich's play in the Pacers' cage was key as Muhlenberg held a 39-26 advantage in shots for the game and also won the groundball battle 35-29.

Reilly (2 goals), Siebold (2 goals), and Rheiner (1 goal, 1 assist) each had two-point games to lead the Mules attack. Horowitz made nine saves in a losing effort between Muhlenberg's pipes.

Marywood begins their three-game Spring Break trip on Sunday when they visit Guilford College for a non-conference match-up scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m. in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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