Second-Half Surge Carries Scranton Past LVC

ANNVILLE, Pa. - A second-half surge by the University of Scranton led the Royals by Lebanon Valley, 17-9, in women's lacrosse action at Arnold Field on Saturday.

The Dutchmen (3-4) kept the game close at halftime, but the Royals (6-2) outscored LVC 9-3 in the second half to break open the 8-6 game.

Hana Krechel had four goals and an assist to lead LVC, and Taylor Kruter added two free-position strikes. Three players scored four or more for Scranton, including Jill DePaolera's five and four each from Emily Goss and Kerry Sullivan.

Scranton outshot LVC 35-24, including 17-9 in the second half, and used a big midfield effort to hold LVC to just 6 for 22 on clear attempts. LVC led draw controls 15-13.

Playing in a steady, cold rain, Scranton raced out to a 6-3 lead before Krechel and Kruter scored to cut it to a one goal game. DePaolera and Goss re-established a three-goal lead, but Krechel scored inside a minute left in the first half to make it an 8-6 game at the break.

Kaela Mahon and Krechel traded goals to start the second half, but a five-goal run by Scranton - holding LVC scoreless for more than 12 minutes - was decisive, taking a 14-7 lead that LVC couldn't make up. Anna Pagels and Bailey Benz added late goals for the Dutchmen.

Corrinne Palombo and Erica Ameigh split halves; Palombo made nine saves in the first half, and Ameigh had five stops in the second. Kathleen Smart had six saves for the win.

LVC visits Misericordia on Thursday at 4:00 p.m.

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ANNVILLE, Pa. University of Scranton used a dominating second half to pull away from Lebanon Valley for a 17-9 victory on Saturday afternoon. Junior forward Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) led the way with five goals, eclipsing the 100-point plateau for her career in the process.

Scranton (6-2) led by two at halftime, 8-6, as DePaolera scored four times and junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) added a pair of goals. DePaolera reached the 100-point milestone when she scored on a free position shot 9:50 into the game, giving Scranton a 4-1 lead. She now has 103 points for her career.

After halftime, the Royals put the defensive clamps on Lebanon Valley (3-4), holding the Dutchmen to just nine shots while forcing 15 turnovers. After the teams traded goals to open the second half, Scranton scored five straight in a span of just over nine minutes to take a 14-7 lead.

Sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) each had four goals for Scranton. Goss now leads the team with 26 goals on the season while Sullivan is second with 23.

Senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose), who had two assists, and junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) both added goals. Junior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) had four assists, giving her a team-high 16 on the season.

Junior goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made six saves in goal for the victory.

Lebanon Valley was led by junior midfielder Hana Krechel (Fawn Grove, Pa./Kennard-Dale), who had four goals and an assist.

Scranton returns to action on Wednesday, March 28, when it travels to New Paltz, N.Y. to face SUNY-New Paltz at 4:00 p.m.


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