Scranton Tops Montclair State in Overtime

UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ - Senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) came through with a career-high performance when Scranton team needed it most. She scored seven goals, including the game-winner in the second overtime, to lift the Royals to a dramatic 15-14 victory over previously unbeaten Montclair State Thursday evening. She sent the game into the second overtime period with an unassisted goal with just 24 seconds remaining in the first extra stanza.

Scranton, which has won three straight to improve to 3-2 on the season, also received five goals from sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown), who has now scored 16 of her team-high 19 goals in her last three games.

The Royals also received a goal and two assists from senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon), a goal and an assist from freshman midfielder Erin Allen (Syosset, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy), and a goal from junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional).

Junior midfielder Kelly Schoneveld (Denville, NJ/Morris Knolls) led the Red Hawks, now 5-1, with four goals and sophomore Tierney Conlon (Caldwell, NJ/Caldwell) finished with two goals and four assists.

The game was tied nine times, but the Royals led only twice in regulation-in the 54th minute when Goss scored on a play set up by DePaolera and when Goss scored the game's first goal off an assist from Allen just 62 seconds into the contest.

With just 11 seconds remaining, the Hawks tied it up on a successful free-position shot by freshman midfielder Kasey Maguire (Marlton, NJ/Cherokee). Schoneveld then gave Montclair its last lead, connecting on a free-position shot in the first three-minute segment of the first six-minute overtime period before Giorno's two goals wrapped it up for Scranton.

Giorno's 7-goal performance eclipses her previous high of five in a 17-11 victory over Elmira College on March 6, 2010, at Fitzpatrick Field. She also moves into a tie for eighth place on the Royals' all-time scoring list with 138 total points (80 goals, 58 assists).

Senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood) finished with 12 saves for Scranton while Montclair's Tiffani Henderson (Landing, NJ/Roxbury) stopped nine shots.

The Royals will return to action this Saturday, March 23, against the Monarchs of King's College beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.


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