Haverford Spoils Wilson's Coaching Debut

SCRANTON, Pa. - Scranton fought back from a 5-0 deficit, only to drop a 12-9 decision to Haverford in Cindy Wilson's debut as Royal head coach Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

Senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) and junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) led the Royals with three goals apiece and senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) finished with a goal and an assist.

Scranton also received a goal apiece from sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) and junior midfielder Shannon Ginty (Mineola, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) and an assist from junior attacker Christine Dredger (Glen Head, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy).

Haverford, which improved to 2-0 on the season, received two goals apiece from sophomore midfielder Diana Perry (Bethesda, Md./Milton Academy-Mass.), sophomore attacker Hannah Morgan (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), senior attacker Kenny Likes (Monkton, Md./Roland Park Country School), and freshman attacker Elyse Adler (San Mateo, Calif./Menlo School).

Trailing 5-0 after the first nine minutes of play, DePaolera and Sullivan combined for five goals during a 7-1 rally over a 17-minute span that rejuvenated the Royals and gave them their first lead, 7-6, with three minutes remaining before intermission. After the Fords' Christina Gould (Newtown, Conn./Academy of Our Lady of Mercy) tied it up at 7 by halftime, the Royals would manage just two goals the rest of the way.

Adler opened the second-half scoring by converting a free-position shot into a goal before Sullivan tied it up for the last time on a play set up by Dredger in the 49th minute. The Fords then locked it up with a 4-1 run in the final 10 minutes of play.

Haverford held a 27-18 advantage in shots.

Senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) made a game-high nine saves for Scranton while sophomore Margaret Perkoff (Millburn, NJ/Millburn) replaced starter Megan Chenworth (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) at halftime and made three saves to pick up the victory.

The Royals will return to action next Saturday, March 9, against Lebanon Valley College at 1:00 p.m. in Annville, Pennsylvania.


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