Scranton Hands New Paltz First Loss, Wins 6th Straight

SCRANTON, Pa.-A solid defensive effort lifted The University of Scranton to its sixth straight win, a 12-8 victory over previously unbeaten New Paltz Wednesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

The Royals held the Hawks scoreless for the first 19 minutes of the first half to build up a 7-3 lead by intermission, which turned out to be enough of a cushion after the Hawks began to gain some momentum offensively midway through the second half.

First-year attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) scored two of her game-high four goals in the opening four minutes and senior attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) finished with two goals and two assists for Scranton, now 6-2.

The Royals also received two goals and an assist from senior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East), a goal and three assists from sophomore attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), and a goal and an assist from senior midfielder Kristin Pickell (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) and sophomore midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon).

New Paltz, now 5-1, was led by junior attacker Samantha DelGaudio (Northport, N.Y./Northport) with three goals and two assists, junior midfielder Julia Donato (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) chipped in two goals, and senior midfielder Bridgitte Hooker (Glen Falls, N.Y./Glen Falls) finished with a goal and an assist.

Both goalies-sophomore Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) of Scranton and junior Stefanie Mignone (Farmingville, N.Y./Sachem East)-were credited with six saves apiece.

The Royals opened the second half on goals by Sullivan and Pryor to extend their lead to 9-3, but the Hawks continued to chip away and cut the gap to four twice, the last of which came on an unassisted goal by freshman midfielder Talia Tesler (Westbury, N.Y./W.T. Clarke) with 11 minutes remaining.

Slade answered three minutes later with her 15th goal of the season on a play set up by Giorno to keep Scranton's lead at five, 12-7. Donato closed out the scoring with her 12th goal of the season off of a feed from Hooker with less than three minutes remaining.

Scranton held a slight edge in shots, 24-23, but the Hawks did manage to win 14 of 21 draw controls and hold a 22-16 advantage in ground balls. New Paltz did, however, hurt its chances to maintain its perfect record by turning the ball over 19 times, only three of which were forced.

The Royals will return to action this Saturday, April 2, in their Landmark Conference opener against Goucher College at Fitzpatrick Field beginning at 1:00 p.m.

News & Notes: Sullivan's four goals gives her a team-leading 23 on the season ... Scranton was 2 for 4 in free-positions shots, while the Hawks were 1 for 1 ... Pryor is now two goals from surpassing Kate Pierangeli (104, 2001, 2003-2004) and Diana Rocklein (104, 2006-2009) into fifth place on the Royals' all-time list ... Scranton now holds a 2-0 record in the all-time series with New Paltz, which is in its third season on the intercollegiate level.

2011-03-30



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