Sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) scored five goals to lead The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team to a 16-5 victory over Neumann University at Fitzpatrick Field on Monday afternoon.
Senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) and freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) each had three goals as Scranton improved to 2-0 on the season. The Royals, who scored 16 straight goals after falling behind 1-0 early, also received a pair of goals and three assists from junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon).
Scranton trailed 1-0 after Neumann scored in the second minute on a goal by sophomore midfielder Koula Gregor (Sewell, N.J./Clearview). The Royals answered with 12 goals to close out the half, including three each by Sullivan, Mahon and Goss. Scranton then scored four times to start the second half to put the game away.
Junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) added a goal and three assists. Junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) and freshman midfielder Emily Mulligan (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Sullivan) added goals, while Mahon and junior midfielder Leslie Connelly (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Catholic) both had an assist.
Junior goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made three first-half saves to pick up her second victory of the season. Freshman goalie Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington) made five saves in the second half.
The 2-0 start is the first for Scranton since 2006 when the Royals won their first four games. Sullivan now has a team-leading seven goals while Goss has six and DePaolera has five.
Gregor and junior attacker Erica Crabtree (Spring City, Pa./Spring Ford) had two goals each for Neumann, which fell to 3-1.
Scranton is back in action Thursday when it hosts Montclair State at Fitzpatrick Field at 4 p.m.