Royals Hold off Late Rally to Defeat Haverford

HAVERFORD, Pa.-University of Scranton ended two years of frustration against Haverford College in its season opener Wednesday afternoon. After losing to the Fords by a combined score of 34-7 over the past two years, the Royals turned the tide with a 13-12 victory.

Junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) and freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) led Scranton with three goals apiece and sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) finished with two goals and an assist.

The Royals, who won their first season opener since 2009, also received two goals from junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South), a goal and three assists from freshman Emily Mulligan (Sloatsburg, NY/Suffern), and a goal and two assists from senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ/Saint Rose). Junior goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made eight saves to earn the 12th victory of her career.

Haverford, now 0-1, was led by senior midfielder Josie Ferri (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) with four goals and an assists, senior attacker Alexa Pesce (Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) finished with three goals, and junior midfielder Perrin Downing (Greenville, Del./Wilmington Friends) had two goals and an assist.

The game seesawed back and forth until Giorno started a 5-2 run that included a pair of goals by Goss with 15 minutes remaining to give the Royals a 13-10 lead. Ferri scored with 1:07 left and freshman midfielder Dayna Kim (Portland, Ore./Jesuit) followed with a goal with 15 seconds remaining to cut the lead the one. The Fords won the ensuing draw control but were unable to get off a shot on their final possession.

The Royals, who will return to action next Monday, March 5, against Neumann University at 4:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field, also received a goal from junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River) and an assist from junior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy).


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