Susquehanna Falls in to Scranton Conference Opener

SELINSGROVE, Pa. Susquehanna could not hang on to a one-goal halftime lead and ultimately fell 15-11 to visiting Scranton in SU's Landmark Conference opener on Wednesday afternoon.

The Crusaders (7-5, 0-1) led 8-7 at halftime but were outscored by the Royals (8-3, 2-0) by an 8-3 margin over the final 30 minutes of action.

Three players had multi-goal efforts for SU, led by Michelle McGinniss's (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) four scores. The freshman also added an assist.

Susquehanna goalie Katelyn Brower (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex), making her third-consecutive start of the season, tallied 11 saves, with six in the final half.

The Crusaders were able to jump out to an early, 2-0 lead thanks to scores from Sarah Wright (Princeton, N.J./Princeton HS) and Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) less than three minutes into the game.

The teams traded goals until a 3-0 run from Scranton made it 5-4 in favor of the Royals with 12:52 on the clock. Susquehanna put together two more stretches of back-to-back goals, however, to take the 8-7 lead at the midway point of the game.

Scranton's offense came out strong in the second half. The Royals scored the first two goals of the game to regain the 9-8 lead and then proceeded to put together a stretch of six unanswered goals that made it 15-9 with only 3:18 to play.

The Crusaders did score the final two goals of the game but it was too little too late as Scranton held on for the 15-11 victory.

Next game: Saturday, April 16 at Catholic 12:00 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa.-The University of Scranton put the clamps down on Susquehanna University in the second half en route to a 15-11 victory Wednesday afternoon.

The Royals, who extended their season-long winning streak to nine games, held the Crusaders to three goals in the final 30 minutes of play to erase an 8-7 halftime deficit.

Junior attacker Kaele Mahon (Avon-by-the Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) scored a career-high five goals and senior defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East), senior attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) and sophomore midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) finished with two apiece as the Royals improved to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in the Landmark Conference.

Scranton also received a goal and three assists from first-year attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and a goal and two assists from sophomore attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South). Sophomore goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with a game-high 11 saves, including six after intermission. She has now made at least 10 saves in each of her last three games.

Freshman midfielder Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) led the Crusaders, now 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference, with four goals and an assist and junior attackers Erin Dyer (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) and Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) contributed three and two goals, respectively. On the defensive end, freshman goalie Katelyn Brower (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) stopped eight shots.

In a game reminiscent of the Royals' 16-11 victory at Cabrini last Thursday, Scranton broke open a nip-and-tuck battle by six consecutive goals during a 14-minute span minute to turn a 9-9 tie into a comfortable 15-9 lead. Six different players got into the scoring act for Scranton during the spurt.

For the first 41 minutes, it appeared as if it would go down to the wire. There were six ties and seven lead changes before Giorno scored an unassisted goal to give the Royals what turned out to be the lead for good, 10-9, in the 42nd minute.

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