WASHINGTON, DC—After losing a 17-16 decision to Catholic University in late March, The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team entered today’s Landmark Conference semifinal game confident it could knock the five-time defending champion Cardinals from their lofty perch.
Catholic, however, had other plans.
Behind five goals apiece from freshman attacker Emily Downs (Simsbury, Conn./Simsbury) and junior midfielder Theresa Ciletti (Ocean City, Md./Worcester Preparatory), the Cardinals built up an 11-6 halftime lead en route to a 19-12 victory to move into Saturday’s championship game against 11th-ranked Susquehanna, a 24-11 winner over Drew University in the other semifinal matchup.
The Cardinals also received four goals sophomore attacker Nicole Laitner (Moorestown, NJ/Moorestown) and two apiece from sophomore midfielder Caroline DiBartolomeo (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) and sophomore attacker Lindsay Brophy (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield).
Seniors Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) and Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) led Scranton, which ends its 2013 season with a 9-6 record, with four goal apiece, sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) finished with two goals, and freshman attacker Erin Allen (Syosset, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy) had a goal and an assist.
Behind goals by Giorno and junior midfielder Shannon Ginty (Mineola, NY/Sacred Heart Academy), the Royals whittled the lead down to four before Laitner scored twice to ignite a 3-0 spurt to keep Catholic’s lead at seven with 19 minutes remaining. The Royals never got the lead under six the rest of the way.
In her final game in a Scranton uniform, senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made nine saves to bring her career total to 444, the third most in Royals’ history. She is also second in most wins by a goalkeeper (29) and saves per game (7.53) and third in goals against average (10.89) and save percentage (.462) in Scranton history.
Today was also the last game for DePaolera and Giorno, both of whom are ranked among the all-time leaders in several categories in Scranton history.
DePaolera finishes her career sixth in total points (164), tied for seventh in goals (107) and draw controls (113), seventh in assists (57) and caused turnovers (82), tied for ninth in shot attempts (226), and 12th in ground balls (131) on the Royals’ all-time list, while Giorno is fourth in assists (74), fifth in total points (178), tied for seventh in goals (107), and tied for ninth in shot attempts (226).
Also playing their last game for Scranton today were Jaclyn Calabrese (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown-East), Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River), Kristen Gieschen (Boonton, NJ/Mountain Lakes), and Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy). Lazorko finishes her career fourth on the Royals’ all-time list for most assists with 61.