Susquehanna Holds off Scranton to Win 8th Straight

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The Susquehanna University women's lacrosse team won its eighth straight game, earning a hard-fought, 12–10 Landmark Conference victory over the visitors from The University of Scranton at Sassafras Fields on April 14.

Susquehanna (9–4, 2–0 Landmark), which had scored at least 16 goals in each of its past six games, seemed to poised to do the same after taking an 8–2 lead with 17 minutes, 7 seconds still to play in the first half.

Scranton (5–7, 0–2 Landmark) stayed close by scoring five of the next seven goals, including the last three of the first half, but SU still led at the break, 10–7.

The Crusaders led throughout the second half though, getting the first goal of the latter period-and eventual game-winner-from junior midfielder Sarah Wright (Princeton, N.J./Princeton HS), who finished with a game-high-tying four goals (on four shots) and four draw controls. Wright now has 49 draw controls this year, seven shy of Susquehanna's single-season record set by Kristen Reineke '05 in 2005.

Freshman Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls–Lima) may have been the contest's true difference, making a game-high 13 saves, including four on second-half free-position chances, to earn the win after all 60 minutes. Stankaitis is now 8–3 this season.

SU's sophomore attack Erin Dyer (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) scored three goals and assisted on another. Teammate and sophomore attack Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) scored twice and added a game-high-tying two assists. Freshman midfielder Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) had two goals as well and collected three draw controls.

Junior attack Kirsten Detwiler (Montchanin, Del./Wilmington Friends) scored the Crusaders' other goal and added one assist. Freshman defender Ainsley Rossitto (Rocky Hill, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford) notched one assist.

Sophomore defender Brittany McCann (Glenolden, Pa./Interboro) and sophomore midfielder Marra Landino (Brownsville, Vt./Kimball Union Academy) tied for the Susquehanna-high with five ground balls. Landino also caused a game-high-tying four turnovers, and McCann caused three. Freshman midfielder Emily Jones (Oyster Bay, N.Y./Long Island Lutheran) had four ground balls, and Stankaitis had three.

Next Game for Susquehanna: Saturday, April 17, at Catholic (Landmark Conference game), 12:00 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa.-Susquehanna University scored seven goals during a seven-minute span in the first half to build up enough of a cushion to hold off The University of Scranton, 12-10, in Landmark Conference action Wednesday afternoon at Sassafras Field.

Junior midfielder Sarah Wright (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) led the Crusaders, who won their eighth straight game to improve to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference, with four goals and sophomore attacker Erin Dyer (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) contributed three, and freshman attacker Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and sophomore attacker Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) had two apiece.

Scranton, now 5-7 overall and 0-2 in the Landmark Conference, was led by junior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East) with four goals and sophomore attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) and first-year attacker Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) chipped in two apiece.

Dyer, Wright and Bauer combined for seven goals to key the first-half spurt as the Crusaders erased an early 2-1 deficit to take the lead for good, 8-2. Scranton, behind three goals by Slade, ended the first half on a 5-2 run to make it 10-7 by intermission.

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