Pryor, Mahon Lead Scranton Over Wellesley in Fla.

CLERMONT, Fla.-Senior attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) and junior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) scored three goals apiece as The University of Scranton opened a two-game Spring Break trip with a 10-7 victory over Wellesley College.

The Royals also received a goal and an assist from sophomore attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and a goal apiece from first-year attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional), sophomore midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and senior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East) to win its fourth straight game to improve to 4-2.

Wellesley, which lost its first game to fall to 4-1 on the year, was led by junior midfielder Meredith Roy (Merrimack, NH/Philips Exeter) and senior attacker Jenny Holland (Bethesda, Md./Sidwell Friends) with two goals apiece.

As it has in the last four games, Scranton got out of the gates quickly, scoring twice in the opening three minutes-on unassisted goals by Mahon and DePaolera-and built up a 4-0 lead by the 15-minute mark of the first half.

Roy, Holland and first-year attacker Kate Lonergan (Los Altos, Calif./Sacred Heart Preparatory) answered for the Blue with three straight goals during a five-minute span before Slade scored off of a play set up by Giorno with just 15 seconds remaining before intermission to give Scranton a 5-3 halftime lead.

Scranton scored four straight goals to open the second stanza, including back-to-back goals by Pryor, to extend its lead to 9-3 with 24 minutes remaining. It turned out to be enough of a cushion to hold off the Blue, who ended the game on a 4-1 run to set the final score.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with eight saves for the Royals, who will take on Southern Maine tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. Mary Mattia (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) stopped 17 shots for Wellesley.

The Royals held a 31-20 advantage in shots and won 13 of the 19 draw controls.

News & Notes: Today's game was the first-meeting ever between The University of Scranton and Wellesley College ... Mahon was also credited with three of Scranton's nine caused turnovers ... Pryor is three shy of 100 for her career; she is now seventh on the Royals' all-time list with 97 ... Slade scooped up five ground balls today to move ahead of Jackie Herlihy (160, 2003-2006) into eighth place on the Scranton all-time list.

2011-03-21



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