SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team secured the #2 seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs with a 16-9 victory at Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon. The Royals (9-6, 5-1 Landmark) will host a semifinal playoff game on Wednesday, May 2 defeating the River Hawks (4-7, 2-4 Landmark).
Catholic locked up the top seed on Saturday with a 23-4 win over Moravian which gave Scranton the chance to secure a home playoff game with the win over Susquehanna.
Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) paced the Royals' attack with three goals and two assists, Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored twice and had two helpers, and Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) (3 goals) and Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) (2 goals, 1 assist) added three points apiece.
Susquehanna opened the scoring just under three minutes into Saturday's contest before Scranton rattled off eight of the next nine goals to open up an 8-2 advantage with 7:46 remaining in the opening half. The River Hawks rallied with the final three goals off the frame to cut the Royals' advantage to 8-5 at halftime.
The hosts scored the first goal of the second half to pull to within two, but Scranton put the game out of reach by tallying the next six goals to hold a 14-6 cushion with 9:24 showing on the clock. The two teams traded goals over the final six and a half minutes to account for the final score.
Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) and Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) scored two goals apiece while Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) and Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) contributed a goal and an assist each.
Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made five saves in the first half to pick up the win while Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) closed out the contest by turning aside two shots in the final 30 minutes of play.
Calabro collected a game-high nine draw controls while Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) added seven draw controls.
Henson paced Scranton with three caused turnovers while Gallo and Warburton hauled in three ground balls apiece.
The Royals held a 39-21 advantage in shots for the game along with an 18-16 edge in ground balls. The visitors dominated in draw control battle, claiming 22 of the contest's 27 draws.
Scranton went 10-for-12 on clear attempts while Susquehanna was 14-of-24 on clears. Both teams committed 19 turnovers on the day.
The Royals will host Cabrini in their final non-conference game of the regular season on Tuesday night starting at 7:00 p.m. in Scranton.