Down 4-1 to Moravian five minutes into Wednesday night's Landmark Conference women's lacrosse semifinal game at Fitzpatrick Field, The University of Scranton rallied with 13 of the next 14 goals to take control of the contest and advance to the Landmark Conference championship game with a 17-10 victory.
The second-seeded Royals (12-6), winners of their last six games, will visit top-seeded and 15th ranked Catholic on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. for the Landmark Conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals defeated Drew 20-6 in Wednesday's other semifinal matchup.
Scranton hopes to make the third time a charm as the Royals have fallen to the Cardinals in the championship games in the last two seasons.
Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) recorded a game-high seven points on three goals and four assists while Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) tallied six goals to pace Scranton's attack.
Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) was solid in net for the Royals, making a game-high 15 saves to earn the victory.
Moravian scored the first three goals on Wednesday night and held a 4-1 lead just 4:57 into the contest. Scranton responded in a big way, netting nine straight goals to claim a 10-4 advantage with 5:48 remaining in the first half. After the Greyhounds snapped the host's run, the Royals netted the final two goals of the stanza to hold a 12-5 lead at halftime.
Scranton put the game out of reach over the first 14-plus minutes of the second half, outscoring Moravian 6-1 during that time frame to open up a commanding, 17-6 cushion with 15:43 left on the clock. The Greyhounds netted the final four goals to close the scoring.
Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) and Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored a pair of goals apiece for the Royals while Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers), Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), and Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) also scored for the Royals in the win.
Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) tied for a game-high with five ground balls Calabro and tied with Calabro for the team-lead in draw controls with four.
Calabro also collected a game-high four caused turnovers on the evening.
Scranton was strong on clears, successfully moving the ball up the field on all but one of its 25 clear attempts and the Royals scored on seven of their 13 free-position shots to a 3-of-15 effort from the eight-meter arc for the Greyhounds.
Moravian (11-5) held a narrow, 33-32 edge in shots for the game along with an 18-11 advantage in draw controls and an 18-16 lead in ground balls.
Scranton's 12 wins this spring are tied for the third most in a season in program history and are the most since the 2005 Royals went 12-5.