April 29, 2014

Marywood Puts the Brakes on Gwynedd Mercy

from press release

SCRANTON, Pa. – It was a tale of two contrasting games between two opponents. Only five days ago, Marywood University did not lead over Gwynedd Mercy University until Riley Dobel scored a game-winning goal with 78 seconds remaining in regulation. On Tuesday, the Pacers did not trail at all against the same Griffins team in the Colonial States Athletic Conference semifinal.

Second-seeded Marywood diced the Griffins handily 14-6 to advance to the CSAC championship game for the first time since 2011. Scott Dalgliesh will make his first coaching appearance in the CSAC title game Saturday when the Pacers travel to top seed Cabrini Saturday.

After the Pacers and Griffins found themselves battling for the first nine minutes, Marywood broke ahead with 6:04 remaining in the first period – on an unassisted Dylan Swope goal – and never looked back.

Joe Magargal was phenomenal in 57 minutes, 15 seconds of action in net. Magargal stopped 15 shots while allowing just five goals.

Scott Slater led the Pacers with five goals. Slater ties Trill's 2013 record of 38 goals in a single season. Swope matched Slater with five points on a goal and four assists.

Riley Dobel was the team leader with six points. Dobel connected on three goals and three assists.

Michael Squillante went 18-for-24 from the faceoff x with a 75 percent success rate. He broke the school record with his 197th faceoff victory of the year, topping Brandon Terlizzi's 2013 record of 195 wins. Squillante added an assist and seven ground balls to his total.

Fresh off his First Team All-Conference selection, Ryan Nowell continued his prowess at the long stick midfielder position. Nowell snagged nine ground balls and caused two turnovers. Joe O'Donnell provided three caused turnovers.

Sam Trill provided two goals and an assist for three points. Trill sits four goals short of the 100 Goal Club.

Despite winning by eight goals, Marywood only held a one shot advantage (36-35) over the Griffins. Marywood won the ground ball game, leading the Griffins by a resounding 42-24 margin.

Marywood showed his brass just 11 seconds into the game when Slater found the net right off a Squillante faceoff win.

Cody Bachman put the Pacers ahead by two goals (3-1) with 1:54 remaining in the first on a Trill pass. Slater and Swope teamed up at 11:48 to push the lead to three.

Gwynedd Mercy's Richard Delea cut the lead in half at 10:25 in the second from Tony McCraw. Terlizzi reupped the lead to three (5-2) at 8:12. Dobel made the best of the first Griffins penalty, grilling up a man-up goal at 5:56 to put the Pacers ahead comfortably with a 6-2 lead.

The Pacers had three separate three-goal runs.

The time for Saturday's CSAC finale is to be determined. In Cabrini's 13 year PAC/CSAC championship reign, their narrowest margin of victory came in Marywood's 2011 CSAC final appearance. The game was tied 6-6 with just under seven minutes to play before the Cavaliers scored three straight for a 9-6 victory.

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