SCRANTON, Pa. - Sophomore Elena Gallo (East Meadow, N.Y./Kellenberg) poured in five goals to lead the University of Scranton women's lacrosse attack, as the second-seeded Royals stormed past visiting third-seed Elizabethtown on Wednesday, 18-10 in the semifinals of the 2017 Landmark Conference Championships at Fitzpatrick Field.
With the win, Scranton improved to 11-5 on the year and will advance to the Landmark Conference Championship Game for the second straight season. The Royals will take on top-seeded Catholic in the title bout on Saturday in Washington, D.C. beginning at 12 p.m.
Elizabethtown ended their season with an 11-5 mark with the defeat.
In the win, both teams traded scores throughout the first eight minutes of action, as the game was knotted up at 3-all with 22 minutes remaining in the first half. However, the Royals ended the half on a flurry, as a 6-1 run put Scranton up, 9-4, with four minutes left in the period.
E-Town was able to tally the final score of the half with a minute left, but Scranton went into the locker room with a 9-5 lead on the Blue Jays. To start the second period, Elizabethtown quickly scored, cutting the Scranton lead down to 9-6 in the process.
This was the closest, however, that E-Town came to the Royals lead the rest of the game, as Scranton proceeded to surge on a 5-0 scoring run that put them up for good at 14-6.
E-Town was able to keep things interesting with a scoring run of their own (4-0) that cut the Scranton lead down to 14-10 with 7:51 left, but the comeback bid was extinguished there, as the Royals ended the game scoring the final four goals of regulation to defeat the Blue Jays by eight goals.
Overall, Gallo led the way on offense with her five-goal afternoon. Four of Gallo's scores came in the second half, as well. Meanwhile, junior Morgan Windisch (Williston Park, N.Y./Sacred Heart Acad.) had a solid game offensively, scoring four goals, while tallying two assists.
Elsewhere, junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Acad.) had a hat trick with three goals, freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) scored two goals and recorded three assists, and sophomore Katie Rogers (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) ended the contest with a pair of goals.
On defense, the Royals were solid the entire match, forcing 18 turnovers, 11 of which came in the first period. Angelo finished the night with a team-high four groundballs, while in net, freshman Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South) collected the victory after making 10 saves on the day.
Scranton will now set their sights on the Landmark Conference Championship match on Saturday at Catholic. The Cardinals, who are now 12-4 on the season, punched their ticket to the title game with a 16-2 win over Drew on Wednesday in the other semifinal match.
The game will be a rematch of last season's Landmark Conference Championship game, which was won by Catholic at home, 19-12. More information will be made available on the match later in the week at athletics.scranton.edu.