The Royals’ women’s lacrosse team ended a four-game losing streak Saturday at home in a 16-6 victory over Elizabethtown College.
The team opened the season with a victory over King’s College. Junior midfielder Emily Goss had five goals, including the 100th of her career, in the meeting with Kings.
The Royals then fell in their next four games and could not find another victory until the meeting with the Blue Jays of Elizabethtown.
Goss had a team-high four goals, all of which came in the first half Saturday. Sophomore midfielder Erin Allen added three goals and first-year midfielder Meghan Kerr had three goals and two assists.
Coming into the game with four straight losses, the team’s chance at a spot in playoffs was at risk.
“We were all really positive and pumped up. We knew if we didn’t win, we wouldn’t have a chance in playoffs,” Kerr said. “We were really hungry for a win. We knew we really needed it,” Goss said. “We worked hard in practice all week and it really showed,” she added.
Playing in its first season as a member of the Landmark Conference, Elizabethtown fell to 0-3 in the conference with the loss. Scranton improved to 1-2 in conference play and 2-4 overall.
“We hope to keep winning so we can work to get to the top,” Kerr added.
With four goals on Saturday, Goss is now sixth in scoring in the program history with 116 goals and ranks 12th in all-time point leaders with 124.
“We worked well in the midfield area during transition,” Goss said. “When the other team was trying to get into our defensive end we executed really well and created a lot of turnovers,” she added.
Scranton opened up the scoring just two minutes in when first-year Nikole Sullivan scored off a pass from senior Erin Green. The Royals then went on a scoring tear and scored 12 more goals to take a 13-1 lead at halftime.
Five of the total 13 first-half goals came within a four-minute time span. All of Kerr’s goals and one of her assists came in those four minutes as well as a goal apiece from Green and Goss.
All three of Scranton’s goalkeepers saw action, although the Royals defense limited the Blue Jays to just 11 shots in the game and while the Royals got off 34. The Royals also had 18 draw controls to Elizabethtown’s seven.
Goss said improving throughout the season, making conference playoffs and beating long-time rival Catholic University are among the team’s goals.
The team will have the chance to accomplish one of those goals in its next game Saturday when it travels to Catholic for a Landmark Conference match.