Royals Down Goucher, 12-6, Behind 7-Goal Effort From Goss
|Emily Goss||Jaclyn Calabrese|
|Kathleen Smart||Kristen Gieschen|
SCRANTON, Pa.—Sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) scored six of her career-high seven goals in the first half to lead The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team to a 12-6 victory over Goucher College in Landmark Conference action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.
Senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) added two goals and an assist and senior attackers Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) each finished with a goal and an assist as the Royals won their second straight game to improve to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
Goucher, which fell to 6-5 overall and 0-1 in the Landmark, was led by senior midfielder Hannah Khin (Portsmouth, NH/Portsmouth) with three goals and sophomore attackers Rita Meissner (Yonkers, NY/Yonkers) and Megan Meluskey (Wilmington, Del./Concord) and sophomore midfielder Anneke Ossorio (Lafayette, Colo./Kent Denver School) chipped in a goal apiece.
Goss scored three times in the opening 18 minutes of play as the Royals jumped out to a 6-0 lead en route to a 9-2 halftime advantage. The Gophers did score twice to open the second half to slice the lead to five, 9-4, before Lazorko scored her third goal of the season, unassisted, to get Scranton back on track. Each team traded two goals apiece the rest of the way to set the final score.
The Royals also got a big lift from senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood), who finished with nine saves, and from its back line of seniors Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River), Kristen Dredger (Boonton, NJ/Boonton), and Jaclyn Calabrese (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown East), which did not allow Goucher’s high-scoring due of Khin and junior midfielder Erin Reifsnyder (Austin, Texas/St. Andrew’s Episcopal) to establish any type of rhythm.
Junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) finished with a goal for Scranton, the 109th of her career and is now tenth all-time on the Royals’ scoring chart with 134 total points. In addition, Smart picked up career win number 26 and is now eight saves shy of recording 400 in her career.
Goss’s effort today eclipses her previous career-high of six goals against Neumann University on March 14 earlier this year.
The Royals will open a two-game road trip this Tuesday, April 9, against Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, beginning at 4:00 p.m.