The University of Scranton women' lacrosse team, currently ranked 20th in the country, opened Landmark Conference play with a convincing, 16-2 victory over visiting Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field. The Royals scored the first nine goals of the contest and never looked back while improving to 7-1 (1-0 Landmark) on the season.
Senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) paced Scranton's attack with six points on five goals and one assist while senior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) (3 goals, 1 assist) and sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) (1 goal, 3 assists) added four points apiece.
Junior Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) scored three goals of the host's first six goals including the first two markers to get the offense started.
Scranton raced out to a 4-0 lead over the first 7:48 of Saturday's contest and added five more tallies before the River Hawks (4-5, 0-1 Landmark) got on the board with just six seconds left in the first half as the Royals held a 9-1 cushion at the break.
Much like the opening 30 minutes of play, the hosts continued to control play in the second half, scoring three times in the first 10 minutes of the period before stretching their lead to 16-1 with just under six minutes remaining.
Susquehanna closed out the scoring with another goal in the final minute of the half, netting their second marker of the day with just 41 seconds remaining.
Freshman Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored twice and added an assist for Scranton, which also received goals from junior Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and sophomore Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge).
Junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) posted game-highs of eight draw controls and five groundballs while Calabro and Olert added three caused turnovers apiece.
Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) made two saves in the first half to post her third win of the season while junior Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made five stops in the second half for the Royals.
Scranton held a commanding, 42-10 advantage in shots for the game and a 30-13 lead in groundballs while claiming 17 of the contest's 20 draw controls.
The Royals will host Farmingdale St. on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup starting at 4 p.m. at Weiss Field.