|Jill Henson||Lauren Devlin||Christine Olert|
|Elena Gallo||Halle Conklin||Becca Russo|
RADNOR, Pa. - In a back and forth affair for 60 minutes, sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) of The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team scored her sixth and final goal of the game late in regulation, lifting the Royals to a thrilling 16-15 win at Cabrini on Tuesday evening.
With the win - which was Scranton's 10th in their last 11 games - the Royals improved to 14-2 overall for the 2019 season. Scranton, who finished the regular season a perfect 8-0 in road games with the win, has now tied the program record for most victories in a season at 14, matching the mark set by the 2004 squad, who finished the year 14-5.
Cabrini fell to 8-8 for the year with the tough loss.
In the opening frame of the contest, the biggest lead anyone grabbed throughout the first 30 minutes of regulation was three goals (6-3 for Scranton with nine minutes left), as the contest went into halftime knotted up at 8-8 after senior Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) scored the final goal of the half with 33 seconds left.
It was more of the same in the second half, but with 13:30 left in regulation, it appeared the Royals were poised to put the game away, as a score by sophomore Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) gave Scranton their biggest lead of the night at 14-10.
After a pair of goals by Cabrini cut the lead in half, Scranton scored again to make it a 15-12 contest with 10:36 left after Henson scored her fifth goal of the game. But, here, the host Cavaliers stormed back, scoring three straight goals to tie the match up at 15-all with 7:44 to go.
But, Henson would go on to deliver again with 5:44 to go, as her goal (which was assisted by Dunn), gave Scranton a 16-15 edge, setting up a thrilling last five minutes of regulation.
Over the final five minutes, Cabrini attacked the Scranton defense at will, firing seven shots. But, the Royals held off the barrage, blocking a pair of shots, while sophomore goalie Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) made a pair of saves over the time frame. Her last came on the final shot of the game as the regulation clock ran to zero, clinching the one-goal victory for the Royals in the process.
On the evening, it was a banner night for Henson, who scored three goals in each half to tally six, the most she's scored in a game in her career. Henson also added an assist to push her point total on the night to nine.
Elsewhere, senior Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) had a hat trick in the victory, while recording an assist and three players had two goals on the night - Dunn, senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and freshman Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial). Conklin also had a strong night on defense, leading the way with six ground balls, while igniting the offense with a team-best eight draw controls.
On the defensive end, junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) had another solid game with five ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Conklin earned the win in net after stopping 15 shots, her second-highest mark of the season to date.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team will now set their sights on the regular season finale with Moravian on Saturday at Weiss Field, with action in the Landmark Conference showdown beginning at 1 p.m.
The game, which will be the program's Senior Day, will be the first of two between the squads over a five-day period, as the winner of Saturday's game will clinch the number two seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs, and host a semifinal match between the teams on May 1.