Crusaders Top Royals and Win 10th Straight

Despite a career-high three goals and an assist from junior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy), Scranton suffered a 14-7 loss to Susquehanna on Thursday evening at Fitzpatrick Field.

Lazorko also matched her season output with those three goals, two of which game in the second half. Her one assist gave her a Landmark Conference-leading 20 for the season. The Royals (9-3, 1-1 Landmark) also received a pair of goals from sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) and a goal and an assist from junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South).

Susquehanna (11-0, 1-0 Landmark) scored the game's first five goals, but Scranton rallied to cut the deficit to 6-3 at halftime. After the teams traded goals in the opening minute of the second half, the Crusaders scored the next seven goals to take control with a 14-4 lead with just over 11 minutes to play.

Scranton also received a goal from senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, N.J./Saint Rose) and one assist each from junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, N.J./Morristown).

Junior goalie Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made 12 saves in the loss, which snapped Scranton's seven-game winning streak.

Susquehanna was led by sophomore midfielder Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), who had four goals and an assist, and freshman midfielder Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove), who had three goals. Junior goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) made 16 saves in the win.

Scranton returns to action on Thursday, March 12, when it hosts Wells at 6:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.

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SCRANTON, Pa. Facing perhaps its toughest test of the year, Susquehanna put its 10-0 record on the line Thursday evening in its league opener at Scranton. The Crusaders passed that test with flying colors, downing the Royals 14-7 to grab the win.

With the victory, SU (11-0, 1-0) remains undefeated and continues its best start in program history. Scranton (9-3, 1-1), meanwhile, suffered its first league loss of the season.

Goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) racked up 16 saves in the game, 11 of which came in the second half, to earn the win.

Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) led the scoring effort with four goals to go along with an assist. Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) had three goals and an assist for a four-point game. Two other players had two-goal outings.

SU took 39 shots to the Royals' 28 and won an impressive 16 of 23 draw controls in the game.

It took Reid and the Crusaders 34 seconds to score when the freshman netted a goal for the early 1-0 SU lead. Less than 10 minute s later, Reid struck again as Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) found her in front of the net for the 2-0 score. That marked the first of three Susquehanna goals in two-and-a-half minutes to make it 4-0 after only 12:33 of play.

Erin Dyer (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) added another goal 20 seconds later to build SU's lead to five. Back-to-back Scranton goals cut the lead to three (5-2) with less than seven minutes remaining and both teams traded goals in the final 1:45 to play to give the Crusaders the 6-3 halftime lead.

SU netted the first goal of the second half after only nine seconds of action which was followed 35 seconds later by a Royals score that made it a 7-4 game.

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