Royals Roll New Paltz Behind 16 Goals from a Trio

NEW PALTZ, NY-Scranton's high-octane offense continued Wednesday afternoon against New Paltz. Behind seven goals and an assist from sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) and five goals from freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown), the Royals blitzed the Hawks, 22-12.

Scranton, which has out-scored its last four opponents 73-33, also received four goals and six assists from junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) and three goals and an assist from junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon). The win was the fifth straight for the Royals, now 7-2

Freshman midfielder Lianne Valdivia (Kingston, NY/Kingston) and senior midfielder Julia Donata (Fayetteville, NY/Fayetteville-Manlius) led New Paltz, now 4-3, with three goals apiece and senior attacker Samantha DelGaudio (Northport, NY/Northport) finished with two goals and an assist.

DePaolera scored three goals and Sullivan two as the Royals opened up what seemed like a comfortable 10-4 halftime lead.

That is until the Hawks, behind two goals from Donato, opened the second half with a 5-1 spurt to cut the lead to 11-9. Scranton then regained the momentum by scoring three straight goals-one each by Goss, junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River), and Sullivan-to take a 14-9 lead.

New Paltz did manage to cut the lead down to four on one more occasion, but the Royals answered with an 8-2 spurt over the final 10 minutes to set the final score.

Scranton, which held a 37-28 advantage in shots and a 21-15 margin in draw controls, also received a goal and three assists from junior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) and a goal from sophomore Christine Dredger (Glen Head, NY/Lady of Mercy Academy). Junior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made 13 saves, the third time this season she has stopped at least 10 shots in a game.

Sullivan's seven goals today was one shy of tying her career-high of eight goals against Southern Maine on March 22, 2011. Her 7-goal performance is also tied for the seventh most single-game total in Scranton history. Giorno also etched her name in the record book today, as her 10 total points today (four goals, six assists) is now tied for the fifth place on the Royals' all-time single-game list.

Scranton will open its Landmark Conference season this Saturday, March 31, against Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, beginning at 1:00 p.m.


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