|Jill Henson||Elena Gallo||Christine Olert|
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Host and top-seeded Catholic scored 10 unanswered goals to pull away, as the 18th-ranked and second-seeded University of Scranton women's lacrosse team dropped a 15-9 decision on the road Saturday in the 2019 Landmark Conference championship match.
With the defeat, Scranton fell to 16-3 overall for the year, while Catholic improved to 15-4 overall and captured their 11th Landmark Conference title of all-time and sixth straight overall.
To open the contest, Scranton came out on fire, opening a 7-4 lead with five minutes left in the first half after sophomore Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored her second goal of the first 25 minutes of the contest.
But, the host Cardinals ended the half scoring back-to-back goals to slice the Scranton lead down to 7-6 entering intermission. Out of the half, the Cardinals continued to score, netting eight unanswered goals over a 24-minute span to open an insurmountable 14-7 lead with 5:30 left in regulation.
Scranton finally stopped the scoring run with five minutes left with a tally, but it was too little, too late for the Royals, as Catholic coasted down the stretch to collect the six-goal victory over Scranton.
Freshman Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial), junior Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) and senior Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) also scored goals on the afternoon for Scranton, as well. Warburton also had three ground balls and three caused turnovers for Scranton, while junior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) led the Royals in caused turnovers with four, while also leading the way in ground balls with five.
The Royals, whose 16-3 record is the best in program history in a season, will now await to see if they are an at-large selection into the field for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championships.
The full field will be announced on Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. at NCAA.com. Fans are reminded to follow the Royals on Twitter @RoyalAthletics for information on the NCAA Selection Show as it becomes available to the public.