MADISON, N.J. -- Host Drew rallied from a late 12-10 deficit, scoring the final three goals of the match, as the Rangers got past the University of Scranton women's lacrosse team, 13-12, in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night.
With the defeat, the Royals dropped to 8-4 overall and 3-2 in the Landmark Conference. Drew improved to 9-6 and 2-2 in the Landmark with the victory.
The opening half of the contest proved to be a back-and-forth affair, as the biggest lead either team had in the half was three goals, which was achieved by Scranton with 17:16 left in the periodat 4-1.
Drew eventually tied the game up at 6-all late in the period, but a goal by junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) to end the half gave the Royals a slim 7-6 lead into intermission.
Up by one to open the second half, freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) quickly put the Royals up 8-6 with the first score of the second period. Drew answered, however, scoring two straight goals to tie the game back up at 8-8 with 17:23 left.
Over the next four minutes, both teams would trade on two-goal runs.
First, Scranton scored consecutive goals to back up 10-8, as Windisch and senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) scored. Drew answered, scoring twice in a row to tie the match up at 10-10 with 14 minutes left.
Scranton, however, fought back, as Warburton and sophomore Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored, giving the Royals a 12-10 lead with under 10 minutes left in regulation.
But, Drew would attack back in a big way, scoring three unanswered goals over the next few minutes to take a 13-12 lead with 5:26 left.
Unfortunately for the Royals, they were unable to answer the final scoring run by Drew, as all three shots Scranton took over the final five minutes of action were saved.
Overall, Warburton led the Royals offense in the win, scoring four goals. Windisch added three goals for a hat trick in the defeat, while sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), Gallo, Kerr, freshman Erin Ahern (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester), and junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) all scored one goal, apiece.
In the assists column, Rogers ended the match with a game-high four assists, while Ahern, Gallo, Kerr, Olert, and sophomore Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) all posted one assist, apiece.
On defense, freshman Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) led the way for Scranton with six ground balls.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Susquehanna in their Landmark Conference regular season finale at Fitzpatrick Field. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.