After breaking its four-game losing streak in a conference matchup against Elizabethtown College, the women’s lacrosse team looked to carry the momentum into April.
The 12th-ranked Montclair St. University team had other ideas however, as the Red Hawks defeated the Royals 16-5 at Fitzpatrick Field Wednesday.
Midfielder Kelly Schoneveld (11-0) led the Red Hawks attack with a game-high six goals, four of which came in the second half. Attacker Tierney Conlon also filled up the stat sheet, finishing with four goals and three assists.
The first half proved to be a hard-fought battle, with the Lady Royals and the Lady Red Hawks trading goals, leading to a 4-4 tie at the half.
Penalties proved to be costly for the Scranton. Schoneveld scored her second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity, giving the Lady Red Hawks a 7-5 lead. Montclair St. University slowly built onto its lead in the second half.
First year midfielder Meghan Kerr led the way for the Lady Royals with one goal and two assist, while junior Emily Goss, senior Kerry Sullivan, senior Erin Green and first year Meaghan Ginty each scored a goal.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Towey saved eight shots in the game.
Looking to rebound from the tough loss, the Lady Royals traveled to Washington, D.C., Saturday, to take on their conference rival, Catholic University.
The Lady Cardinals (6-4, 2-0 conference) were able to take advantage of the Lady Royals’ (2-6, 1-3 conference) offensive struggles. Catholic won 18-6. The Lady Royals were outshot 49-21, and lost the ground ball battle 14-28.
Attacker Madeline Wilson scored four goals and first year midfielder Clair Schmitzer and attacker Jenna Vann Middelem added three goals each to lead the Lady Cardinals. Catholic is now tied for second place in the Landmark Conference standings.
After being down two goals early, The Lady Royals, now fifth in the conference, were able to fight their way back into the game and cut Catholic’s lead to 3-2. However, the Lady Cardinals were able to take control of the game after back-to-back free position goals gave them a 5-2 advantage, which eventually led to an 11-4 lead at the half.
Midfielder Emily Goss led the way with three goals for Scranton. Midfielder Erin Allen added two and attacker Erin Green scored one of the Lady Royal’s two second half goals.
Senior captain Kerry Sullivan said the team has been able to stay positive despite its recent adversity.
“We are taking it one game at a time and continuing to work hard in practice,” Sullivan said. “We have definitely improved since the beginning of the year, and we are starting to come together.”
Next up for Scranton is an important conference matchup against Goucher College (7-5, 2-0 conference) on Saturday at Fitzpatrick Field. Scranton is looking to make a late-season push into the Landmark Conference Tournament on Senior Day.
“Goucher has been a good matchup for us in the past,” Sullivan said. “Hopefully, if we continue to improve like we have each game, we should be able to come away with a win at home.”
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