|Kaela Mahon||Deanna Giorno|
|Kerry Sullivan||Emily Goss|
TOWSON, Md. – The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team scored seven straight goals during a big second half that lifted the Royals to a 12-10 victory over Goucher College in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
The Royals trailed at halftime, 7-3, and were still down by four, 9-5, with just over 10 minutes to play. But Scranton went on a seven-goal run to take control and pull out the victory.
Senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) led the Royals (8-2, 1-0 Landmark) with four goals and two assists, including three goals and an assist after halftime. Sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) added three goals and freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) had two goals.
Junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) had a goal and an assist, which pushes her over the 100-point milestone for her career. She now has 101 points (58 goals, 43 assists), which places her 15th all-time in Scranton history.
Scranton also received a goal and an assist from junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon). Freshman midfielder Emily Mulligan (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) also contributed a goal in the victory.
Scranton trailed 7-3 after a Goucher goal with 10:46 to play, but the Royals answered with a goal by Goss on a free position shot with 10:04 to play. Her goal started a spurt of six goals in 4:10, the fifth of which came from Mahon on an unassisted shot that gave Scranton the lead, 10-9. DePaolera and Mahon added insurance goals before Goucher scored with 57 seconds to play to close out the scoring.
After being outshot in the first period, 19-5, Scranton turned the tables in the second half, controlling action late in the game and holding a 15-12 second-half shot advantage.
Junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) and junior midfielder Leslie Connelly (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) led the defense with four caused turnovers each. Junior goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made six saves for the win.
The Gophers (4-7, 0-1 Landmark) were led by four goals from senior attacker Becca Smith (Leesburg, Va./Heritage).