|Jill Henson||Elena Gallo||Christine Olert|
|Halle Conklin||Erin Putnam|
SCRANTON, Pa. - Sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored four goals (three of which in the second half), as The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team scored 10 unanswered goals to pull away from visiting Misericordia in a 13-4 win at Weiss Field Tuesday.
With the win, the Royals - who are ranked 25th in the IWLCA Top 25 Poll - moved to 3-0 on the year. Misericordia dropped to 2-1 on the season with the defeat.
To kick-off the game, both teams started fast, as Misericordia opened a 3-2 lead on the Royals in the first four and a half minutes of regulation. Here, the Royals began to find their footing on both sides of the field, as they held the visiting Cougars scoreless the rest of the first half.
On the offensive end, the Royals scored five straight goals to open a 7-3 lead into intermission. In the frame, Scranton had seven different players score goals, as well.
It was more of the same for Scranton in the second half, as they continued to add to their lead, while not allowing a goal on the defensive end. The Royals scored five more times without giving up a score, opening up a 12-3 lead over the Cougars with 14:28 to go in regulation.
Misericordia finally stopped the Scranton scoring run with 12:11 left, but it was too little, too late for the Cougars, as Scranton tacked on another goal with 11 minutes left for good measure to collect a nine-goal home victory.
Overall, Henson led the offense in the win, scoring four goals on six shots on net. Meanwhile, senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) continued her strong play on the offensive end in the win, recording a hat trick to add to her goal total for the year, which now stands at 10 in three games.
Elsewhere, Scranton's only other multiple-goal scorer on the day was senior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers), who scored two goals on the day.
Also tallying goals for Scranton was sophomore Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), fellow sophomore Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township), freshman Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), and junior Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh). Dunn also recorded a pair of assists in the win, as well.
On the defensive end, it was another impressive performance for the Royals, as they held Misericordia scoreless for over 43 minutes of game action to pull away. In the win, Conklin caused four turnovers and had five ground balls to lead the way, as the Royals defense forced Misericordia to make 29 turnovers in the win.
In net, it was also a strong day for junior Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), who finished with seven saves on the afternoon.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, as they host Haverford in another non-conference match at Weiss Field. Action gets underway at 3 p.m.