Cougars End Royal Jinx Thursday Afternoon
|Emily Goss||Kerry Sullivan||Emily Towey|
The University of Scranton women’s lacrosse team learned today that all good things must come to an end.
After winning all seven previous games against backyard neighbor Misericordia, the Royals finally had the tables turned against them, losing a 12-8 decison at Mangelsdorf Field.
Misericordia, now 2-6, offset a 4-goal effort by Royal junior Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) and three by senior Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) with a balanced attack that featured five players scoring at least two goals.
Junior Melina Juliano (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley) led the Cougars with three goals and senior Kate Pagnotta (Columbus, NJ/Northern Burlington Regional), junior Erin Baker (Sicklerville, NJ/Paul VI), sophomore Alexandra Elmes (Hopewell Junction, NY/John Jay), and freshman Liz Mulvey (Green Brook, NJ/Rutgers Preparatory) added two apiece.
The Cougars put together two key rallies when they needed them most.
Juliano scored twice during a 4-1 rally that turned a 2-1 deficit into a confidence-building 5-3 halftime lead. Then, after the Royals fought back and tied it up behind two goals apiece by Goss and Sullivan midway through the second half, Baker scored both of her goals during a 5-0 run over a 14-minute span that put the game out of reach.
Freshman goalkeeper Jenn Gadzick (Farmingville, NY/Sachem East) made six saves for Misericordia while junior Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington) finished with 10 for Scranton.
Sullivan’s three goals today moved her into eighth place on the Royals’ all-time scoring list with 159 points (133 goals, 26 assists), while Goss’s four goals gives her 112, the seventh most in Scranton history. Sullivan is now fifth all-time in Scranton history in goals scored.
The Royals will host Elizabethtown College in Landmark Conference action this Saturday, March 29, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field. Admission is free.