Royals Lock Up Landmark Berth with Win at USMMA

KINGS POINT, NY-University of Scranton took care of business early in today's Landmark Conference regular-season finale against the Merchant Marine Academy. Needing a win to lock up a conference postseason tournament, the Royals wasted little time, building up a 15-1 halftime lead en route to a 19-4 victory.

Senior Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional) and junior Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) scored four goals apiece and senior Erin Green (Merrick, NY/Sandford Calhoun) finished with three goals and an assist as Scranton improved to 6-8 overall and 3-3 in the Landmark Conference.

The Royals are now the number four seed and will meet top-seeded Catholic University in Washington, DC, in one of two semifinal games this Wednesday, April 30. Drew University will visit defending champion Susquehanna University in the other match-up, with the winners advancing to next Saturday's championship game. The eventual champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships.

Scranton, which held a 34-16 advantage in shots and a 16-8 margin in ground balls, also received two goals and four assists from freshman Meghan Kerr (Warwick, NY/John S. Burke Catholic), two goals and two assists from senior Christine Dredger (Glen Head, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy), two goals from freshman Alyssa Farrell (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh), and a goal apiece from freshman Alexandra Alessi (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area) and senior Shannon Ginty (Mineola, NY/Sacred Heart Academy).

Senior Alexandra Winfree (Millstone, NJ/The Peddie School) paced the Mariners, now 1-10 overall and 0-6 in the conference, with two goals, senior Katie Noonan (Charlottesville, Va./Western Albemarle) had a goal and an assist, and Emily Finnin (Littleton, Colo./Lakewood )scored a goal.

With four goals today, Sullivan moved into fourth place on the Royals' all-time list with 153. She is also fifth in total points with 181.

Scranton will be making its fourth straight and fifth appearance in the seven-year history of the Landmark Conference.


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