Balanced Attack Propels Scranton Past Misericordia

SCRANTON, Pa.-Junior attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) paced a balanced attack in leading The University of Scranton to a 20-7 victory over Misericordia University in non-conference action Thursday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

She finished with four goals and four assists-both season highs-and junior attacker Emma Sacramone (Orange, Conn./Amity), junior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East), junior midfielder Kristen Pickell (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon), and first-year attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored three goals apiece as the Royals won for the fourth time in their last five games to improve to 5-5 on the season.

Misericordia, which fell behind by 11 at intermission and spent the majority of the second half on defense, was led by junior attacker Natasha Jankowsky (Trucksville, Pa./Dallas) with two goals and two assists and junior midfielder Camilla Hansen (Chadds Ford, Pa./Unionville) and sophomore midfielder Emily Foley (Hunlock Creek, Pa./Northwest) chipped in two goals apiece.

The Royals took command from the start and used two big scoring runs to build up a comfortable lead in the first half.

Slade scored back-to-back goals during a two-minute span that sparked a 6-0 rally to give Scranton an 8-1 lead after the opening 13 minutes of play. After the Cougars cut the lead down to five, 9-4, Pickell scored twice to start a 5-1 rally to extend the Royals lead to 14-5 by halftime.

Scranton kept Misericordia, now 1-7, on defense throughout much of the second half by winning 7 of 9 draw controls. The Royals scored four times in the first eight minutes and six straight before the Cougars closed out the scoring on goals by sophomore attacker Krista Shenk (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) and Foley in the final eight minutes of play.

Scranton first-year goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) played the first half and made five saves to earn the first victory of her career, while Cougar freshman goalie Brenna Bakera (Oak Ridge, N.J./Jefferson Township) stopped five shots.

The Royals held a 30-16 advantage in shots and a 17-14 edge in ground balls.

Scranton will open its Landmark Conference schedule this Saturday, April 10, against Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, beginning at 1:00


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