Marywood Fends Off Guilford
from press release
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Nick Parks scored four goals to help Marywood University build an 11-3 lead late in the third quarter and the Pacers held off a late rally attempt by host Guilford College to earn a 12-9 victory in non-conference men's lacrosse action on Sunday afternoon. The Pacers improve to 2-0 with the win while the Quakers suffered their first loss of the season and saw their record slide to 2-1.
Guilford struck first in Sunday afternoon's contest, getting a goal from Chase Clausen midway through the first quarter. William Roerden leveled the contest with an unassisted goal at the 4:20 mark of the first period and Parks put Marywood ahead with just two seconds to playing in the opening frame with an unassisted marker of his own.
The Pacers' Joe LaBella extended the visitors lead to 3-1 by finding twine off a pass from Chris Riley 2:49 into the second half, but the Quakers' Henry Farley cut the hosts' deficit to 3-2 with an unassisted goal with 9:35 to play in the first half.
Marywood would hold the slim, 3-2 lead at halftime, before scoring five unanswered goals in the first 5:49 of the third quarter. George Downey IV started the run just 55 seconds into the period before setting up Parks' second goal of the contest 52 seconds later. Marcus Janda netted his first goal in a Pacers' uniform with off a Gregory Nester assist just over a minute later while Parks followed by completing his hat-trick and Roerden netted his second marker of the contest to put Marywood up 8-2 with 9:11 to play in the third quarter.
Guilford's Chris Ashcraft scored a man-up goals at the 8:18 mark of the third quarter to break up the Pacers' run, but Marywood scored the final three goals of the first half as Nester sandwiched a pair of tallies around Parks' fourth goal of the game to give the visitors an 11-3 advantage heading into the last fifteen minutes of play.
Clausen and Henry both scored within the first three minute of the fourth quarter to narrow the Quakers' deficit to 11-5 before LaBella pushed Marywood's lead back to six by converting off an assist by Janda. Guilford scored four goals in the final 6:09, but the rally would not be enough as the Pacers picked up the 12-9 victory.
Marywood held a 38-34 edge in shots for the game and claimed a 34-24 advantage in groundballs. The Pacers won 16 of the game's 21 face-offs, as Stephen Klepfer went 10-15 on draws while Downey won all six of his face-offs.
Parks' four goals led seven Pacers with multi-point performance. Nester (2 goals, 1 assist and Janda (1 goal, 2 assists) each had three-point games while Roerden (2 goals), Labella (2 goals), Downey (1 goal, 1 assist), and Riley (2 assists) each had two points.
Marywood goalie Jesse Habich made 11 saves in nearly 57 minutes between the Pacers' pipes while Eric Luhrmann played just over three minutes in goal without making a save. Mark Guillen went the distance in goal for Guilford, making 12 saves in a losing effort.
Marywood will visit nationally-ranked Lynchburg College on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m.
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