ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team outscored host Elizabethtown, 11-3, in the second half, as the Royals raced past the host Blue Jays, 15-11, on Thursday afternoon in Landmark Conference action.
With the come from behind victory, the Royals improved to 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the Landmark Conference. Elizabethtown dropped to 9-3 and 3-1 in the Landmark Conference with the defeat.
In the opening frame, Scranton came out hot, opening a 4-1 lead in the first 17-plus minutes of action after the host Blue Jays struck first to take an early 1-0 lead.
Scoring goals in the first half for Scranton were junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Acad.) and sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's), who both scored two consecutive goals.
Senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholc) and junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Acad.) notched assists on Windisch's goals, while Windisch notched assists on Rogers' two scores.
Elizabethtown, however, struck back in a big way to end the half, scoring seven unanswered goals to finish off the period to take an 8-4 lead into intermission.
To begin the second half, the momentum swung back into Scranton's favor, as the Royals scored five unanswered goals to take the lead back at 9-8.
Kerr scored the first goal of the second half, which was followed up by a score by sophomore Kaitlyn Murphy (Somers, N.Y./North Salem) that sliced the E-Town lead down to 8-6.
Sophomore Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg) then scored to make it an 8-7 match (off an assist from Murphy), which was followed up by a goal by sophomore Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers) that tied the match up at 8-8 with 22 minutes left in regulation. Rogers was credited with an assist on the goal that tied the match.
Scranton then grabbed the lead back on a score by freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh), which was scored off another Rogers assist, giving the Royals the edge at 9-8 with 21 minutes left in regulation.
E-Town finally broke the Scranton scoring string with 17 minutes left to tie it back up at 9-9, but the Royals punched back, scoring four more unanswered goals to take a 13-9 lead with 12 minutes left.
In this scoring string, Windisch, Angelo, Murphy and Olert scored, as Murphy and Rogers (twice) recorded assists. E-Town, however, answered this scoring string by tacking on two goals to slice the Scranton lead down to 13-11 with 4:47 to go in regulation.
But, this was the closest E-Town got to the Scranton lead the rest of the game, as the Royals added two more goals over the final four minutes of action to win the match by four. Murphy and Angelo scored the final two goals of the match for Scranton, as Olert was credited with an assist on the final goal of the contest.
Overall, Murphy and Windisch had hat tricks in the win for Scranton, with Windisch adding two assists and Murphy recording one. Rogers scored two goals and added three assists, while Angelo also scored twice with an assist. Olert also posted a two goal, one assist match, as well.
On defense, freshman goalie Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) made nine saves in net for the Royals, as Angelo notched a match-high 12 draw controls in the winl.
The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team returns to action on Wednesday at Drew in another Landmark Conference road match. Things get underway at 7 p.m.