|Christine Olert||Jill Henson||Elena Gallo|
|Becca Russo||Kate Calabro||Halle Conklin|
MADISON, N.J. - Facing an 11-8 deficit with 2:50 left in regulation, The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team scored four unanswered goals to race past host Drew, 12-11, on Wednesday afternoon in Landmark Conference action.
With the victory, Scranton, ranked 20th in the IWLCA Division III poll, improved to 12-1 overall for the year and remained unbeaten in the Landmark Conference, moving to 4-0 in league play, The win was also Scranton's eighth straight overall, as the Royals have already become just the fifth team in program history to win at least 12 games in a season.
Drew, meanwhile, fell to 12-2 overall and 2-2 in the Landmark with the tough defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, it was a nip and tuck affair between the teams throughout, as a senior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) scored three goals in the period to lift the Royals to a 5-4 halftime lead.
It remained a back and forth, seesaw game well into the second half, with the game coming to a head with 16:58 left after Drew tied the game up at 7-7 with a goal.
Over the next 14 minutes, the host Rangers scored four of five goals and appeared poised to collect an upset win over the Royals after Lauren Cassella scored with 2:50 left in regulation to give Drew an 11-8 lead late in regulation.
But, Scranton came roaring back over the next minute and a half. First, sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored a goal off an Olert assist to slice the Drew lead down to 11-9 with 2:21 left, then a mere 31 seconds later, senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored, unassisted to cut the Drew lead down to 11-10.
Then, 25 seconds later, Olert scored her fifth goal of the day at the right time, as her unassisted score tied the game up at 11-11 with 1:25 to go. The Royals then rode the momentum off the game-tying goal to quickly get possession back, allowing Henson to bury the eventual game-winner, unassisted, 1:10 to go to give Scranton the lead at 12-11.
The Royals, however, still had to win a draw control to clinch the victory, which junior Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) did, as the Royals played keep away over the last moments of the match to seal the comeback victory over the Rangers.
Overall on the day, Olert led the way scoring a game-high five goals with an assist. Elsewhere, Henson had three goals, two of which came in the final moments of the match, while scoring the eventual game-winner. She also had an assist, two ground balls and a caused turnover in the win, as well.
Elsewhere, Gallo scored two goals to round out the multiple goal scorers in the contest. Also, scoring goals for Scranton in the win were sophomore Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township), who scored one goal and had an assist, and senior Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem), who tallied a score, as well.
On defense, junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) paced the Royals with five ground balls and three caused turnovers, while also notching four draw controls. Calabro once again was a force on draw controls, especially late in the contest, as she finished with seven, while freshman Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had five draw controls and recorded an assist in the win.
In net, the tandem of junior Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) and sophomore Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) once again teamed up to take the win, as Conklin made eight saves and Putnam made twp on the day.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, as the Royals take on No. 10 Catholic in a battle of the two top teams in the Landmark Conference. Action gets underway at Weiss Field beginning at 12:30 p.m.