Wilson Picks Up First Victory as Royals Down Knights

ASTON, Pa.-After falling behind early in each of its first two games, University of Scranton avoided that trend in today's 14-7 victory over Neumann University.

This time, it was the Royals who got out of the gate early, building up an 8-3 halftime lead to help first-year head coach Cindy Wilson record her first career victory.

Sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) scored a career-high six goals and senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with a game-high seven saves as Scranton improved to 1-2 on the year.

The Royals also received three goals from freshman midfielder Erin Allen (Syosset, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy), two from junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional), and one goal and three assists from senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South).

Neumann, which suffered its first loss of the season to fall to 5-1, was led by senior midfielder Meghan Garsey (Baltimore, Md./Patapsco) with two goals and two assists and junior midfielders Lexy Wilkinson (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and Koula Gregor (Sewell, NJ/Clearview) and freshmen midfielders Jordan Hopkins (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley), Taylor Villarreal (Baltimore, Md./Mercy), and Alexa McIntyre (Mullica Hill, NJ/Kingsway) chipped in one apiece.

Allen, Goss, and Sullivan tallied two goals apiece during an 8-0 rally in the first half to erase a short-lived 1-0 lead by the Knights in the third minute. Goss then scored twice in the opening five minutes of the second half to give Scranton an 8-point lead, 11-3.

The Royals held a 30-19 advantage in ground balls and a 21-18 margin in shot attempts to offset a 17-6 deficit in draw controls. Scranton also received a goal apiece from senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon) and junior attacker Christine Dredger (Glen Head, NY/Lady of Mercy Academy).

Goss's six-goal effort eclipses her previous career-high of five against Misericordia University and New Paltz last year. With four points today (1 goal, 3 assists), Giorno moved into ninth-place on the Royals' all-time scoring list with 128 points, while Sullivan and DePaolera recorded the 95th and 85th goals of their career, respectively.

The Royals will return to action Saturday, March 16, against Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, at 12:00 p.m.


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