SCRANTON, Pa. - Sophomore Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) and freshman Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored four goals, apiece, to lead the offense, as The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team scored at-will all afternoon against 16th-ranked Messiah, collecting a 22-7 victory in the Royals' 2019 season opener on Saturday.
In what was both the first game in program history at Weiss Field on the Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. Athletics Campus and the opening game for new Scranton head coach Chrissy Trescavage, the Royals began play scoring fast, as Conklin tallied back-to-back goals in the first minute and 20 seconds of regulation to open a 2-0 lead.
After Messiah scored back-to-back goals of their own to tie the game up at 2-2, Scranton ended the half on a roll, scoring nine of the final 11 goals of the period to take an insurmountable 11-4 lead into halftime. Conklin scored two more times during the first half scoring barrage, while junior Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) also scored twice in the time frame, as well.
Up by seven goals entering the second half, the Royals doubled up their goal total in the second period, as Scranton rolled down the stretch to collect a dominating 13-goal win over a ranked opponent.
Overall, the Royals ended the day outshooting Messiah by a wide 41-15 margin, while Scranton was also an impressive 18-of-22 on clear attempts, and collected 22 ground balls and 17 draw controls as a team.
Individually, Dunn was responsible for seven total points on the day to lead the offense, as she scored a goal in the first half and three in the second, and added three assists throughout the contest. Conklin, meanwhile, did her damage in the first half scoring four times in the first 30 minutes of play of her collegiate career. She also recorded an assist on the day, as well.
Two Scranton players recorded hat tricks in the win, as Warburton and senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.J./Kellenberg Memorial) scored three goals, apiece, with Warburton also recording an assist. Rounding out the multiple goal scorers in the win for the Royals was senior Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem), sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and junior Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), who all scored two goals, each.
Finishing off the scoring sheet for Scranton in the dominating win was sophomore Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and senior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers), who each scored a goal on the day for the Royals.
For how strong Scranton was on offense, the defensive unit for the Royals was just as dominant in the win, as they forced 23 Messiah turnovers. Junior defender Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) began her season forcing a game-high four turnovers, while Calabro forced three turnovers of her own in the win. Russo also led the Royals in the ground ball category, picking up five on the day.
In net, junior Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) got the start and made three saves in the first half. In the second, sophomore Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks North) came on and preserved the win, making a save of her own in the final 30 minutes of action.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 23, as they travel to Kean for their first road match of the year. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.