The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team opened the 2018 campaign with a convincing, 17-3 victory at Farmingdale State on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Royals (1-0) built a 9-1 halftime lead and never looked back on their way to the victory over the Rams (0-1).
Scranton scored the first five goals of Saturday's season opener before Farmingdale State got on the board midway through the first half. The Royals answered with the final four goals of the stanza to take a comfortable, 9-1 advantage into halftime.
Scranton domination continued after the break as the visitors netted seven straight goals to open up a commanding 16-1 lead with 15:30 remaining. The Rams tallied back-to-back goals to make it a 16-3 game with 6:29 left on the clock before the Royals closed out the scoring with 1:50 remaining.
Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) paced Scranton's attack with four goals and one assist while Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) added three goals and an assist each.
Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) and Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) added two goals apiece, Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) tallied a goal and an assist, while Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) dished out two helpers to give Scranton seven players with multi-point efforts.
Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) tied for a game-high with four groundballs and also matched Warburton for a game-high in caused turnovers with three.
Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made five saves in 53:31 over action to pick up the win in net for Scranton while Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) turned aside two shots in the final six and a half minutes.
The Royals outshot the Rams 36-17 for the game and had a 22-18 edge in groundballs. The visitors held a 16-6 advantage in draw controls led by a game-high seven from Calabro, while going 13-18 on clear attempts.
Scranton will next visit Misericordia University on Tuesday afternoon for a non-conference tilt starting at 4:00 p.m.