The women’s lacrosse team set a season goal to beat Catholic University. Unfortunately, this was not the year for it to happen.
Scranton lost 10-18 to the Cardinals, ending its season Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C.
The fourth-place Royals met first-place Catholic in the Landmark Conference semifinals. After losing 18-6 to the Cardinals during the regular season, Scranton had a challenge ahead of it.
The team had aspirations of making the Landmark Conference playoffs, which it did, but fell short in achieving its second goal to beat Catholic University.
Entering the game with a Landmark Conference record of 6-0, the top-seeded Cardinals of Catholic were too much for the Royals. The game went back and forth throughout the first 10 minutes. Catholic eventually pulled ahead to put the game out of reach.
Senior attacker Kerry Sullivan led the Royals with five goals and an assist. All but one of her goals came in the first 22 minutes of play.
Catholic opened the scoring just four minutes in. Scranton responded two minutes later when Sullivan scored off a pass from senior defender Erin Green. Catholic then scored again to take a 2-1 lead, but Sullivan and Green continued on as scoring threats, each recording a goal in the next three minutes to put the Royals up 3-2.
Catholic then scored two of its own goals before Sullivan responded with her third goal of the game to tie it 4-4. Scoring went back and forth from Catholic to Scranton for the next three goals, making the score 6-5 in Catholic’s favor. The Cardinals then went on to score six of the next seven total goals.
The Cardinals outshot the Royals 38-20 and put 27 of their 38 shots on goal. Catholic also held the edge in ground balls 34-21.
Sophomore Erin Allen scored a goal off a pass from first-year midfielder Meghan Kerr in the midst of the six Catholic goals. Junior goalkeeper Emily Towey had four saves for the Royals.
The teams only played seven minutes into the second half before they were required to leave the field for more than two hours because of lightning in the area.
Once play resumed, Kerr scored a goal and added her second assist. Junior Emily Goss also scored a goal and Green added her second goal.
With the loss, Scranton ended its season at 6-12 overall. Catholic advances to its seventh straight Landmark Conference championship game and will play the second seed Susquehanna University at home at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Scranton is graduating seven seniors from this year’s team. Scranton will lose captains Mary Armstrong, Shannon Ginty, Green and Sullivan.
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