Giorno Scores 100th Goal in Royals' Win Over Drew

SCRANTON, Pa.-Senior attacker Deanna Giorno (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) scored a game-high five goals, including the 100th of her career, to lead Scranton to an 18-8 victory over Drew in the Landmark Conference regular-season finale for both teams Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

Junior attacker Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) and sophomore midfielder Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) added four goals apiece and senior attacker Kaitlin Lazorko (Philadelphia, Pa./Nazareth Academy) finished with five assists as the Royals won their third straight game to improve to 9-5 overall and 2-2 in the Landmark Conference.

With the win, Scranton wraps up the number three seed in the Landmark tournament and will play five-time defending champion Catholic University Wednesday, May 1, in semifinal action in Washington, DC. Earlier this year, the Royals lost a heart-breaking 17-16 decision to the Cardinals in the nation's capital.

Behind three goals by Goss and two by Giorno, the Royals erased an early 2-1 deficit and built up an 11-5 halftime lead that was never seriously challenged by the Rangers in the second half. With the loss, Drew falls to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference. The Rangers are now the number four seed and will take on top-seeded and nationally-ranked Susquehanna University in the other semifinal game Wednesday in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

Scranton also received two goals from senior midfielder Jilliana DePaolera (Kinnelon, NJ/Kinnelon), and a goal apiece from junior midfielder Shannon Ginty (Mineola, NY/Sacred Heart Academy), senior defender Shannon Howe (Pearl River, NY/Pearl River), and freshman attacker Bridget Gallaher (Toms River, NJ/Toms River East).

Defensively, the Royal backline of seniors Kristen Gieschen (Boonton, NJ/Mountain Lakes) and Jaclyn Calabrese (Smithtown, NY/Smithtown-East) played a key role in today's win, shutting down the shooting lanes and allowing only 12 shots-on-goal, four of which were saved by senior goalkeeper Kathleen Smart (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood).

The Royals held a commanding 35-16 advantage in shots and a 30-20 margin in ground balls.

Giorno scored the 100th goal of her career in the 19th minute of the first half, becoming one of only 10 players in Scranton history to reach this milestone. She is now tied with DePaolera for ninth place for most career goals with 103. In addition, Giorno is fifth all-time in Scranton history for most career points (174). Sullivan's four goals today give her 123 for her career, the fifth most in Royals' history.


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