PACERS SPORTS REPORT: Men’s basketball wins first postseason game


Photo taken by Carey Action Photography and courtesy of Marywood Athletics.

Nicolo Manzo

Women’s Basketball vs. Gwynedd Mercy University (Atlantic East 1st Round)

The Pacers defeated the Gwynedd Mercy Griffins 70-53 in the first round of the Atlantic East Conference playoffs.

Marywood was led by Natasha Hessling’s 23-point, 22-rebound effort. The 22 rebounds tie her own school record.

The Pacers had their relentless defense to thank for the win. The team held Gwynedd to 22.7 percent shooting from the floor while recording eight steals and nine blocks.

Marywood built a 17-point lead by halftime and maintained it in the second half to secure the victory.

Aryah Aungst contributed 15 points and Alyssa Olson added nine.

The team’s season ended at Cabrini University in the Atlantic East semifinals 78-68 in overtime.

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Wilkes University

A double overtime thriller saw the Pacers earn their first win of the season 8-7 against Wilkes.

The win was also the first for new head coach Jon Knowles.

Trailing 7-5 at the 8:25 mark of the fourth quarter, the Pacers rallied for two goals to send the game to overtime.

Eric Morin brought the Pacers back to within one before Zach Vaughan equalized with just over three minutes remaining in the match.

In the first overtime, Wilkes nearly won the game but had the would-be game winner waved off.

In double overtime, Patrick Dingwell scored the game-winner with a man up and 55 seconds remaining in the period.

Three Pacers scored twice in the win and freshman goalkeeper Connor Reed earned his first win.

Men’s Basketball vs. Marymount University (Atlantic East Semifinal)

The second-seeded Pacers welcomed the number-three seed Marymount University Saints to the Insalaco Arena for an Atlantic East semifinal matchup.

During the week of the game, the Pacers learned that 1,000-point scorer Tip Swartz had suffered a season-ending injury.

A free-flowing first half saw the Pacers build a seven-point lead behindbalanced scoring.

In the second half, the Saints turned up their defensive intensity, holding the Pacers to 28.6 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three.

Marymount used this to methodically get back into the game.

The Pacers held the lead for much of the game, but ultimately lost the lead and the game in the final minutes 71-64.

The Pacers were led by Jeremy Ringland, Jack DeGroot and Zach Tinkham.

Men’s Rugby (NEPA 7s tournament)

Marywood hosted the inaugural NEPA 7s tournament Saturday.

Marywood’s men’s rugby team went 0-4 on the day dropping matches to King’s College 31-0, the University of Scranton 45-0, William Paterson University 41-0 and Susquehanna University 48-0.

Men’s Basketball vs. Medaille College (ECAC first round)

Marywood’s men’s basketball team won the first postseason game in program history 89-77 against Medaille College.

The Pacers used stellar shooting to bring home the victory.

Marywood shot 59 percent from the floor in the first half and 71 percent in the second.

The team also shot 46 percent from three for the game.

Marywood built a 10-point lead by halftime and put up 49 points in the second half.

Jaden Rhoden led the Pacers with 24 points followed by Jeremy Ringland with 20, Tone Cockrell with 18 and Jack DeGroot with 15.

The Pacers advance to play Brandeis University tomorrow.

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