Haverford Spoils Scranton's Season Opener

HAVERFORD, Pa. - Haverford College spoiled The University of Scranton's season-opener Wednesday afternoon at Swan Field. Sophomore attacker Josie Ferri (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) scored three of her game-high six goals in the first half as the Fords built up a 7-1 halftime lead en route to a 14-3 victory.

Haverford, now 2-0, also received three goals from freshman midfielder/defender Kenny Likes (Monkton, Md./Roland Park Country School) and two apiece from sophomore attacker Alexa Pesce (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and junior midfielder/defender Liz Mayell (Holmdel, N.J./Holmdel).

After the Fords scored seven unanswered goals in the first 27 minutes of play, the Royals, now 0-1, finally got on the scoreboard on the first of two goals by junior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East) on the successful conversion of a free position shot with eight seconds remaining before intermission.

Slade got the Royals to within a working margin, 7-2, early in the second half by drilling a shot past Ford sophomore goalie Leah Hammerschlag (Brookville, N.Y./Jericho) on a play set up by junior attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame). Hammerschlag finished with six saves, while Royal senior goalie Cassie Murphy (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) was credited with four.

The momentum, however, turned back quickly in Haverford's favor, as Mayell and Ferri scored two goals apiece during an 11-minute span to give the Fords a comfortable 11-2 lead.

Scranton's final goal was scored, unassisted, by sophomore attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) at the 52:58 mark.

The Fords held an advantage in nearly every statistical category. They out-shot the Royals, 22-14, won 13 of the 19 draw controls, converted three of five free-position shots, and held a 20-18 advantage in ground balls.

The Royals will return to action this Saturday, March 6, against the Soaring Eagles of Elmira College beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

News & Notes: Today was the first-meeting ever between the two schools in the sport of women's lacrosse...the Royals have lost three of their last four season-openers...senior captain Meaghan Grenaldo (Silver Spring, Md./James H. Blake) had three of Scranton's eight caused turnovers, the equivalent of a steal in basketball...Slade got off six of the Royals' 14 shot attempts...with two goals today, Slade now has 24 in 32 career games.


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