SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's lacrosse wrapped team up a seven-game road trip to start the season on Wednesday night with a 15-4 victory at Marywood. The Royals (4-3) built an 8-0 halftime lead in their final tune-up before conference play on their way to the win over the Pacers (2-5).
Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) and Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored three goals apiece to lead Scranton's attack while Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) also tallied three points on a goal and two helpers each.
Henson opened the scoring just 1:23 into Wednesday contest and Scranton built a 5-0 advantage over the first 14:07 of action. The Royals added three more tallies in the final 11 and a half minutes of the stanza, including two for Gallo, to hold the eight-goal advantage at halftime.
Marywood got on the board just over five and a half minutes into the second half before Scranton used a three-goal run to extend its lead to 11-1 with 12:43 remaining. The Pacers trimmed their deficit to 12-4 with 8:26 left on the clock before the Royals closed the scoring with the final three tallies of the contest.
Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) netted a pair of goals while Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) and Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) both added a goal and an assist.
Erin Ahern (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester), Mary Kate Horton (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock), and Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) also scored for the visitors while Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) dished out two assists and collected a game-high 10 draw controls.
Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made 10 saves in the Royals' cage to earn the victory.
Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) led all players with a pair of caused turnovers on the evening.
Scranton held a 29-21 advantage in shots for the game along with a 13-8 lead in draw controls. Marywood had a 26-18 edge in ground balls while both teams committed 18 turnovers in the contest.
The Royals went 18-21 on clearing attempts while the Pacers were 17-22 on their clearances.
Scranton opens its Landmark Conference slate on Sunday as the Royals welcome Goucher to Fitzpatrick Field for their home opener. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.