ITHACA, N.Y. - Junior Jill Henson (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) scored four goals on the afternoon, but it wasn't enough, as host and 19th ranked Ithaca opened a big first half lead and never looked back in an eventual 17-8 win over the 24th ranked University of Scranton women's lacrosse team on Wednesday.
With the defeat, Scranton dropped to 0-2 overall on the year, while Ithaca improved to 2-0 on the young season with the victory.
To start things off on Wednesday, Ithaca came out on a roll, scoring three unanswered goals out of the gates to take a 3-0 lead on the Royals in the first seven minutes of regulation. Scranton, however, clawed their way back into the game, tying the game up at 4-4 with 12:16 left after scoring four out of five.
But, Ithaca came right back and ended the half strongly, scoring five of the final six goals of the first period to take a 9-5 lead into intermission. In the second half, it was more of the same, as the Bombers took an insurmountable 15-7 lead on Scranton with 12 minutes left and never looked back in the eventual nine-goal victory.
Overall, Henson led the offense in the defeat for Scranton, finishing with four goals. Henson, who had a hat trick and one assist in Scranton's first game of the season at Messiah on Saturday, now has eight total points in just two games on the year.
Other goal scorers for Scranton included junior Bridget Lalley (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), and sophomore's Jennifer Williams (Branchburg, N.J./Somerville), Halle Conklin (Point Lookout, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) and Rachel Wells (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central). In the assist column, freshman Emma Fitzpatrick (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore) and senior Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) had assists on the day, as well.
Senior Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) had eight draw controls and three caused turnovers to lead Scranton in those categories in the defeat.
Ithaca was led in their win by Indira Varma, who had four goals.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Saturday, as they host Kean in their 2020 home season opener at Weiss Field. Things get underway at 12 p.m.