ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Scranton played eighth-ranked Ithaca evenly for the first half of Thursday's women's lacrosse game, but the final 30 minutes of the contest belonged to the Bombers, who scored nine unanswered goals to defeat the Royals, 16-7.
Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) led Scranton (2-2) with three goals, Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored twice, and Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) added two assists for the Royals.
Ithaca (3-0) built a 6-2 lead over the first 13 minutes of Thursday's contest, but Scranton stormed back with the next four goals to tie the contest at six-apiece with 4:30 remaining in the opening stanza. The Bombers went back in front 51 seconds later, but Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) tallied an unassisted marker at the 1:29 mark to send the game into halftime deadlocked at 7-7.
The score remained tied for the first 10 minutes of the second stanza before Ithaca regained the lead. The Bombers built a 12-7 advantage with 11:12 remaining before tacking on four goals in the final nine minutes to close out the scoring.
Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) and Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) tied for the Scranton team-lead with five ground balls apiece, Angelo and Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) collected three draw controls each, and Calabro paced the squad with three caused turnovers.
Elizabeth Rice (5 goals, 2 assists) and Bailey Herr (3 goals, 4 assists) led Ithaca with seven points apiece while Allie Panara added four goals and one assist.
Kimberly Presuto made 14 saves to pick up the win in the Bombers' cage.
Ithaca held a 43-24 advantage in shots for the game along with a 34-28 edge in ground balls. Both teams has 12 controls while Scranton committed 27 turnovers to 20 for the Bombers.
The hosts also went 24-25 on clearing attempts while the Royals were 23-30 on their clears.
Scranton will travel down I-81 on Saturday to take on Shenandoah at 3:00 p.m. in Winchester, Virginia.