Note: In the original press release, the final score was indicated as a 16-5 Catholic win. However, a goal by Scranton late in the second half was not recorded in the inital postgame box score.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Host Catholic opened an 8-1 lead late in the first half and never looked back, as the Cardinals captured the 2017 Landmark Conference women's lacrosse championship on Saturday over the University of Scranton, 16-6, in Washington, D.C.
With the defeat, the Royals completed their 2017 season with an 11-6 overall mark. Catholic, meanwhile, improved to 13-4 and will move onto the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship after earning the Landmark's automatic bid to the field with today's victory.
In the opening half, Scranton hung with the Cardinals early, as a goal by sophomore Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y/Somers) with 20 minutes to go in the first half sliced the Catholic lead down to 2-1. But, Catholic was able to keep Scranton off the scoreboard over the next 18 minutes, and on offense scored six straight goals to go up 8-1.
Scranton scored the final goal of the first half, but still was down six (8-2) entering intermission. The Royals quickly scored to start the second half to make it an 8-3 match, but Catholic proceeded to go on a 5-0 that put them up for good at 13-3 with 18:04 remaining in regulation.
From there, Catholic coasted down the stretch, as the Cardinals captured the Landmark Conference championship for the second straight season over the Royals with the 10-goal victory.
In the defeat, Olert and junior Kailyn Angelo (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Acad.) each scored two goals, apiece, for Scranton, while senior Meghan Kerr (Warwick, N.Y./John S. Burke Catholic) and freshman Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh) scored a goal, apiece, on the day. In what was her final match as a Royal, Kerr will finish her career with 160 goals, which is the fifth highest mark in program history.
On the defensive end, sophomore Caitlyn Kollar (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) had a match-high four ground balls, while junior Dana Siepietowski (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) had three ground balls and four draw controls. Freshman Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) also had three ground balls and three draw controls, as well.
Despite losing today's match, it was another successful season for the Royals, as they reached the Landmark Conference Championship match for the second straight season. This marked the first time since joining the Landmark in 2007-08 that Scranton got to back-to-back championship matches, as the team won 11 games for the second straight campaign, as well.