Royal Rally Comes Up Short Saturday Against Drew

MADISON, NJ-University of Scranton out-scored Drew University 4-1 in the final 21 minutes of play, but it wasn't enough to keep the Rangers from posting an 11-10 victory in Landmark Conference action Saturday afternoon.

Freshman midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) led the Royals, now 11-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference, with three goals and sophomore attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Oceanport) and junior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) finished with two apiece.

Scranton also received a goal and an assist from junior Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) and a goal each from freshman midfielder Emily Mulligan (Sloatsburg, NY/Suffern) and junior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South).

Drew, which improved to 8-7 overall and 2-1 in the Landmark, was led by senior attacker Aileen Musynske (Floral Park, NY/Floral Park Memorial) with four goals, including two to cap off a 4-0 spurt to open the second half after the two teams battled to a 6-6 tie by intermission. The Rangers, who held a 32-21 advantage in shots and a 29-23 margin in ground balls, also received two goals from junior midfielder Devon Affleck (Abington, Pa./Abington).

Trailing 10-6, Mulligan started Scranton's rally with an unassisted goal and DePaolera and Sullivan answered minutes later as the Royals cut the margin to one with 13 minutes remaing..

Musynske then converted a free-position shot for her 36th goal of the season before Goss responded with a goal off of an assist by senior attacker Kaela Mahon (Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ/Saint Rose) to close out the scoring in the game in the 53rd minute.

With 20 seconds remaining in the game, Sullivan had an opportunity to tie the game, but her free-position shot caromed off the post.

Despite today's loss, the Royals will still qualify for the Landmark Conference tournament and will likely be either the third or fourth seed regardless of the outcome of next Saturday's regular-season finale against four-time defending champion Catholic University beginning at 12:00 noon at Fitzpatrick Field.

Junior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) was credited with 10 saves for Scranton.


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