|Jill Henson||Halle Conklin|
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Junior Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) had hat tricks for the 20th-ranked University of Scranton women's lacrosse team in their season opener on Saturday at Messiah, but it wasn't enough, as the host Falcons captured a 14-11 victory over the Royals.
From the start on Saturday, Messiah (now 1-1 on the year with the win) was the aggressor against Scranton, as the Falcons opened a 6-3 lead on the Royals with 14:07 to go in the first half. The Royals were able to score two of the last three goals of the first half to cut the Messiah lead to two, but the Falcons still went into intermission with the edge over the Royals at 7-5.
In the second half, Scranton made several runs at the Messiah lead, slicing the Falcons' edge to one goal on four different occasions, the last time being 11-10 with 12:11 to go. Then, Scranton finally completed the comeback with another score by Conklin with seven minutes left to knot the game up at 11-11.
But, Messiah picked themselves up and rolled over the final moments of regulation, scoring three unanswered goals in the final two minutes of the game to pull past the Royals.
Overall, Henson and Conklin picked up right where they left off on the offensive end last season in the tough defeat, both scoring three goals, apiece. Henson also recorded an assist in the defeat, as well.
Elsewhere, five different Royals scored at least one goal - junior Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), sophomores Jennifer Williams (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville) and Rachel Wells (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) and freshman Emma Fitzpatrick (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) and Maggie Smith (Glen Rock, N.J./Glen Rock). Smith also had an assist, while junior Raegen Dunn (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township) had two assists on the day for Scranton.
Senior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), meanwhile, led the way in draw controls with six. On defense, sophomore Emily Schum (East Hanover, N.J./Morris Catholic) had four caused turnovers and in net, junior Lauren Devlin (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) made 13 saves in a losing effort.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday, traveling to Ithaca. Action gets underway at 4 p.m.