SCRANTON, Pa. - In a battle of not only the two top teams in the Landmark Conference standings but a pair of Top 20 programs, visiting Catholic came out on top in the end, upending The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team, 16-13, on Saturday at Weiss Field.
With the tough defeat, the Royals had a seven-game winning streak broken, as they now sit at 11-2 overall and 4-1 in the Landmark Conference. Catholic, meanwhile, moved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in the Landmark with the defeat.
It what was a close affair that lived up to the hype, it remained close between the squads throughout the first half, as the biggest lead taken by any team in the opening frame was by Catholic by three goals on two separate occasions.
With Catholic leading 7-4 with 6:25 to go in the first half, Scranton ended the first half strong, scoring three of the final four goals of the frame to trail by just one, 8-7, entering intermission.
Right out of the gate in the second half, the Royals tied things up at 8-8, but Catholic scored just as fast to take the lead back at 9-8. For most of the half, the momentum swung back and forth, with Scranton tying the match twice (at 9-9 and 10-10 with 21:53 left in regulation).
The Royals, however, were never able to grab a lead throughout the period, as Catholic took a 13-11 edge with 12:54 left in regulation. After the teams traded goals, the match came to a head with 5:30 to go, as junior Kate Calabro (Seaford, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored for Scranton to slice the Cardinals lead down to a goal at 14-13.
Unfortunately for Scranton, however, they were shutout the rest of the match, as Catholic scored the game's final two goals in the last two minutes and 20 seconds to pull past a game Royals squad and take a 16-13 decision.
Overall on the day for Scranton, Calabro led the charge, finishing with four goals and a game-high 10 draw controls to kickstart the Royals offensive attack. Senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) also had a strong day, recording a hat trick with three goals to go along with a pair of ground balls.
Junior Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) had another multiple-goal day, finishing with two and an assist to put herself at 98 points for her career at Scranton. Sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) also scored a pair of goals on the day, while sophomore Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) and senior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) rounded out the scoring sheet for Scranton with goals.
In net for Scranton, sophomore Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) played the whole contest and kept the Royals in it throughout, ending the day with a season-high 16 saves.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Thursday, as they travel to Elizabethtown for a Landmark Conference road game. Things get underway at 4 p.m.