|Jill Henson||Becca Russo|
For the fourth straight season, The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team will head to Washington, D.C. for the Landmark Conference championship game, as the 18th-ranked Royals take on 10th ranked Catholic beginning at 12 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Fans making the trip to our nation's capital are reminded that admission will be charged at the gate: $7 for adults, $4 for non-Landmark students/seniors (62+). All Landmark students/faculty & staff with ID and youths (10 and under) are free.
In the midst of their best season in program history (16-2 overall), the Royals will look to get over the hump on Saturday against Catholic, as the Cardinals have bested Scranton over the last three seasons in the Landmark title match. In the regular season, the teams played a classic in Scranton, as Catholic edged the Royals by a 19-16 score in the contest on Apr. 13.
Scranton moved onto the title match with their second win in five days over Moravian on Wednesday, as the Royals pulled away in the second half to take a 20-12 victory over the second-seeded Greyhounds at Weiss Field. In the victory, sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) had a big night on the offensive end for Scranton, finishing with a season-best eight points on five goals and three assists.
For the year, Scranton has been one of the strongest teams on both ends of the field in the entire Landmark Conference. Scoring 282 total goals, the second best mark in the conference for the year, while dishing out 120 assists, a conference-best mark. Henson has led the offensive unit with 80 total points (46 goals and 34 assists). For her efforts, Henson was named to the All-Landmark Conference First Team on Friday.
Meanwhile on defense, Scranton has been just as strong, allowing just 8.5 goals a game, the best mark in the conference. The Royals have also caused 235 turnovers and gobbled up 406 ground balls. Scranton's top defender continues to be junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), who enters the title game with 69 ground balls and 37 caused turnovers, while also recording 76 draw controls.
Catholic, meanwhile, enters the title game with a 14-4 overall mark, as the Cardinals are in search of their sixth straight Landmark Conference title on Saturday and their 11th Landmark title in the 12 seasons of women's lacrosse in the conference.
On Wednesday in their semifinal match against Drew, the Cardinals coasted to a 13-7 win, as Ally Criscuolo led Catholic in the win, scoring a game-high five goals.
The winner of Saturday's championship game will earn the automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Championships, which will begin on May 10 at campus sites across the country.
For more on the 2019 Landmark Conference women's lacrosse championships, click here.