Visiting Scranton Starts Fast, Downs Oneonta State

ONEONTA, NY - The University of Scranton recent stretch of offensive firepower continued Friday afternoon against Oneonta State. For the third straight game, the Royals jumped out to an early lead and cruised to a victory, 15-7.

Senior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East) led the way with four goals, senior attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) had three goals and two assists, sophomore midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Seton Catholic) tallied three goals, and sophomore attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) finished with two goals and three assists as Scranton won its third straight game to improve to 3-2.

Oneonta St., now 0-6, received a goal apiece from juniors Heidi Kissinger (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), sophomores Andrea Spano (Mt. Sinai, N.Y./Mt. Sinai), Brooke Angelo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), Caroline Tulley (Malverne, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy), and Sarah Stark (Huntingdon, N.Y./Harborfields), and freshman Chelsea Collins (St. James, N.Y./Smithtown East) and Taylor O'Brien (Northport, N.Y./Northport).

The Royals wasted little time establishing the upper hand. Scranton won 9 of 12 draw controls and used a 20-7 advantage in shots to build up a 9-2 lead by intermission.

After Kissinger opened the scoring with a goal off a free position shot in the third minute for Oneonta, Slade, DePaolera and Pryor scored two goals apiece as Scranton ran off a string of nine straight before Spano ended a 26-minute scoring drought for the Red Dragons with an unassisted goal with just six seconds remaining before intermission.

Slade, Giorno and sophomore attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) scored a goal apiece in the first five minutes of the second half to extend Scranton's lead to 10, 12-2.

The Royal defense also got into the act today, limiting the Red Dragons to just 12 shots on goal, five of which were saved by sophomore goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood). Slade and sophomore midfielder Jaclyn Calabrese (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown East) combined for six of Scranton's 11 caused turnovers.

Scranton, which has scored 51 goals in its last three games, also received a goal and an assist from first-year attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and Lazorko and a goal from junior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose).

The Royals will open a two-game Spring Break trip in Florida against Wellesley College this Monday, March 21, at 10:00 a.m.

News & Notes: Scranton snapped a three-game series losing streak to Oneonta and posted its first win since the all-time series began on March 8, 2008 ... Slade (77 total points) moved ahead of Heather Melone (75 total points, 2007-2009) into 17th place on the Royals' all-time scoring list ... With four caused turnovers today, Slade is now 12 away from tying Kate Pierangeli (116, 2001, 2003-2004) for first-place on the Scranton all-time list.


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