|Elena Gallo||Jill Henson||Becca Russo|
In what has been a historic season for The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team, the Royals now set their sights on the postseason, as they open the Landmark Conference Playoffs at Weiss Field on Wednesday as the second-seed taking on third-seeded Moravian.
Fans coming to Weiss Field on Wednesday are reminded that admission will be charged at the gate. Admission costs are as follows: $7 for adults, $4 for non-Landmark students/seniors (62+). All Landmark students/faculty & staff with ID and youths (10 and under) are free.
Also, Scranton students, faculty and staff are reminded that the Iggy Shuttle will be running continuously from campus to the Quinn Athletics Campus starting at 3 p.m. on Wednesday.
Scranton, who finished the year with a 15-2 mark (their best in program history) and a 6-1 ledger in the Landmark Conference, enters the Landmark playoffs for the ninth straight season. Hosting a home semifinal game for the third straight season, Scranton will play a familiar foe in Moravian on Wednesday afternoon.
On Saturday, the two squads met in the regular season finale for both teams, and Scranton came out on top, 21-16, to sew up the second-seed and a home playoff game. In the win, senior Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) scored a season-high six goals to lead the offense, while freshman Halle Conklin (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had a big game, scoring four goals, while adding a game-high nine draw controls, four ground balls and four caused turnovers.
For the 2019 season, Gallo and sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) have paced the offense, both scoring 44 goals, apiece. Henson, meanwhile, has added 31 assists to total 71 points for the year, the fifth highest mark in the Landmark Conference entering the playoffs.
On defense, meanwhile, the Royals have been just as strong, allowing 8.29 goals a game, the best mark in the entire Landmark Conference. Scranton has also caused 225 turnovers, as junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) has led the unit all season, finishing the regular year with 37 caused turnovers, the second highest mark in the conference.
Moravian, meanwhile, has been led on the offensive end the scoring tandem of Liz Bill and Meaghan McMullan, who are one and two in the Landmark Conference in goals scored for the year with Bill tallying 84 and McMullan adding 70. In the game on Saturday, Bill led the Greyhounds in a losing effort, scoring five times.
Last season, Scranton and Moravian played in the Landmark semifinals in the final game for the Royals at Fitzpatrick Field, and Scranton pulled out a 17-10 win to advance to the Landmark title game for the third straight season. In the win, Gallo scored six times to lead the Royals charge.
In Wednesday's other semifinal, top-seeded Catholic hosts fourth-seeded Drew in Washington, D.C. The winners of both semifinal games will move onto Saturday's championship game, which will be played at the highest remaining seed left in the field.
For more on the 2019 Landmark Conference women's lacrosse Championships, click here.