Scranton Nets Seven Straight to Defeat Goucher

TOWSON, Md. Scranton stormed back late to top Goucher 12-10 in a furious comeback to win its conference opener in women's lacrosse.

Goucher (4-7, 0-1 Landmark) took a 7-3 lead into intermission and held a four goal advantage with just 10:04 remaining. Scranton (8-2, 1-0 Landmark) rallied to score the next seven goals, however, to put away the Gophers.

Over a four minute period during that rally, Goucher never touched the ball, as Scranton won four draw controls and scored without ever ceding possession.

Kaela Mahon scored four goals and contributed two assists to lead Scranton, while Becca Smith was the only Goucher player with multiple scores, tallying four goals for the Gophers.

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TOWSON, Md. University of Scranton scored seven straight goals during a big second half that lifted the Royals to a 12-10 victory over Goucher College in the Landmark Conference opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.

The Royals trailed at halftime, 7-3, and were still down by four, 9-5, with just over 10 minutes to play. But Scranton went on a seven-goal run to take control and pull out the victory.

Senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) led the Royals (8-2, 1-0 Landmark) with four goals and two assists, including three goals and an assist after halftime. Sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) added three goals and freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown) had two goals.

Junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) had a goal and an assist, which pushes her over the 100-point milestone for her career. She now has 101 points (58 goals, 43 assists), which places her 15th all-time in Scranton history.

Scranton also received a goal and an assist from junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon). Freshman midfielder Emily Mulligan (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) also contributed a goal in the victory.

Scranton trailed 7-3 after a Goucher goal with 10:46 to play, but the Royals answered with a goal by Goss on a free position shot with 10:04 to play. Her goal started a spurt of six goals in 4:10, the fifth of which came from Mahon on an unassisted shot that gave Scranton the lead, 10-9. DePaolera and Mahon added insurance goals before Goucher scored with 57 seconds to play to close out the scoring.

After being outshot in the first period, 19-5, Scranton turned the tables in the second half, controlling action late in the game and holding a 15-12 second-half shot advantage.

Junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) and junior midfielder Leslie Connelly (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central) led the defense with four caused turnovers each. Junior goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made six saves for the win.

The Gophers (4-7, 0-1 Landmark) were led by four goals from senior attacker Becca Smith (Leesburg, Va./Heritage).

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2012-03-31



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