Royals Squeeze out One-Goal Win over Elmira

ELMIRA, NY - Junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) capped off a 3-goal effort by converting a free-position shot in the 55th minute to lift University of Scranton to a 6-5 victory over Elmira College in non-conference action Thursday afternoon.

The Royals, who scored four of the game's final five goals, also received a goal apiece from freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown), sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional), and sophomore midfielder Mariah Guy (Ocean Township, NJ/Ocean Township) to improve to 11-4 on the season.

Scranton, which has reached the 11-win plateau for the first time since 2006, also received two assists from junior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) and junior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made seven saves in the first half before giving way to freshman Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington). Towey made one save and allowed only one goal in the final 30 minutes of play to pick up her first career victory.

Freshman midfielder Marissa Mongillo (Shelton, Conn./Trumball) led Elmira, now 7-5, with two goals and an assist and senior attackers Lindsay Mitchell (Arnold, Md./Arnold) and Meghan Pass (Owego, NY/Owego Free Academy) and junior attacker Marki Michaels (Manchester, NY/Midlakes) chipped in one goal apiece.

Defensively, the Royals put the clamps on the Soaring Eagles after falling behind 4-2 in the opening 11 minutes of play. Scranton held Elmira scoreless for the next 42 minutes and used goals by Goss and Guy to forge a 4-4 tie at intermission and took its first lead at the 34-minute mark on a goal by DePaolera on a play set up by Lazorko.

The Soaring Eagles finally broke through to tie the game in the 53rd minutes on an unassisted goal by Michaels before DePaolera converted a free-position shot two minutes later for the game winner.

Junior defender Kristen Gieschen (Boonton, NJ/Mountain Lakes), junior attacker Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River) sophomore midfielder Mary Armstrong (Endwell, NY/Seton Catholic), senior defender Alison Gilroy (Endwell, NY/Secton Catholic), Goss, and DePaolera combined for 14 of Scranton's 17 caused turnovers. Overall, the Royals pressured the Soaring Eagles into 30 turnovers.

With three goals and an assist today, DePaolera moved into ninth place on the Royals' all-time scoring list with 123 points. She now has 77 goals and 46 assists.

The Royals will return to Landmark Conference action this Saturday, April 21, against the Rangers of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, beginning at 1:00 p.m.


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