|Erin Allen||Mary Armstrong||Meghan Kerr|
|Nikole Sullivan||Kerry Sullivan||Emily Towey|
SCRANTON, Pa.—The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team faced a daunting Tuesday evening at Fitzpatrick Field against Cabrini College.
Playing without its leading scorer against a team on a nine-game winning streak on a brutally cold and windy night, the Royals turned to senior Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) and freshman Meghan Kerr (Warwick, NY/John S. Burke Catholic) to get the job done.
Sullivan scored a season-high six goals and Kerr finished with four goals and four assists to lead Scranton to a 13-11 victory. The Royals also received three goals and two assists from sophomore Erin Allen (Syosset, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy) and a 12-save performance in goal from junior Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington) to win their second straight game and improve to 4-7.
Junior Melissa Scanzano (Havertown, Pa./Havertown) paced the Cavaliers, now 9-3, with three goals and two assists and junior Lacie Doubet (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley) chipped in three goals.
Scranton built up a 9-5 halftime lead behind four goals by Sullivan and three by Kerr before Cabrini opened the second half with three consecutive goals to slice the lead to 9-8 with 23 minutes remaining.
The Royals regrouped and answered Cabrini’s charge with a goal apiece by Kerr, Allen, and Sullivan to take a 12-8 lead with 16 minutes remaining. The Cavaliers did manage to cut Scranton’s lead to one with 12:25 remaining on the second of back-to-back goals by freshman Allie Vallen (Maple Shade, NJ/Maple Shade).
Sullivan set the final score with a goal with 7:49 remaining off of a play set up by senior Shannon Ginty (Mineola, NY/Sacred Heart). From that point on, Scranton successfully took a number of minutes off the clock on each possession and forced a number of turnovers on the defensive end to hang on for the victory.
Scranton offset a 28-25 advantage by the Cavaliers in shots by winning 16 of 26 draw controls, including seven by freshman Nikole Sullivan (Sparkill, NY/Tappan Zee). Kerr and senior Mary Armstrong (Endwell, NY/Seton Catholic) combined for five of the Royals’ 10 caused turnovers.
Junior Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown), the Royals’ leading scorer with 31 goals on the season, sat out tonight’s game after suffering an injury in last Saturday’s 12-9 win over Goucher College.
Sullivan’s six goals tonight brings her career total to 144, the fifth most in Scranton history and just six shy of tying Bridget Lee for fourth place. She is also sixth all-time for most points with 172.
The Royals will return to action tomorrow afternoon against Mt. St. Vincent College at Tibbetts Brook Park in Yonkers, New York, beginning at 4:00 p.m.