WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top-seed and 15th ranked Catholic won its fifth straight Landmark Conference championship on Saturday with an 18-10 victory over The University of Scranton. The Cardinals (13-7) earn an automatic bid the NCAA Tournament while the second-seeded Royals (12-7) close out another strong season with a conference runner-up finish after falling to Catholic in the conference title game for the third year in a row.
Scranton's 12 wins this season tied for the third-most in a season in program history and are the most since the 2005 Royals went 12-5.
Scranton built a 3-1 lead over the first seven and a half minutes of Saturday's championship game before Catholic rallied with eight of the next nine goals to hold a 9-4 advantage with 3:44 remaining in the first half. The Royals battled to within three goals at halftime, netting three of the final four tallies of the period.
Scranton pulled to within a goal twice in the first six minutes of the second half, but Catholic pulled away by scoring seven goals of the game while holding the Royals off the scoreboard over the final 24 minutes.
Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) and Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) netted three goals apiece to lead Scranton's attack while Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) also finished with three points on a goal and two assists.
Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers), Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), and Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) also scored for the Royals while Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made a game-high 15 saves on the day for the Royals.
Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) collected a game-high seven draw controls while Henson and Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) tied for the team-lead with five ground balls apiece.
Catholic held a 38-31 edge in shots for the game and a 41-31 lead in ground balls. Both teams corralled 15 draw controls apiece while Scranton committed 21 turnovers to 16 for the Cardinals. The Royals were successful on 16-of-19 clearing attempts while the hosts successfully clearing the ball on 20 of 22 attempts.
Saturday's game closed out the careers of Scranton's six senior who led the Royals to 40 victories and three-straight Landmark Conference championship game appearances: Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy), Katie Doyle (Media, Pa./Penncrest), Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area), Rachel Strock (Holliston, Mass./Holliston), Amanda Trumpore (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional), and Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy).