Scranton Lacrosse Starts Fast, Earns Win
SCRANTON, Pa. - The University of Scranton scored five times in the opening five minutes of play en route to a 19-4 victory over Alvernia College in non-conference action Tuesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.
Senior attacker Erin Quinn (Baltimore, Md./The Institute of Notre Dame) and freshman attacker Caroline Pryor (Robbinsville, N.J./Notre Dame) scored four goals apiece and sophomore attacker Regina Matus (Philadelphia, Pa./Cardinal Dougherty), junior attacker Madelyn Sminkey (Springfield, Pa./Springfield), and senior attacker Kaitlyn Mimnaugh (New City, N.Y./Albertus Magnus) added two goals apiece for Scranton, which held a 39-15 advantage in shots and a 19-6 margin in draw controls.
The Royals also received a goal and four assists from junior midfielder Diana Rocklein (Islip Terrace, N.Y./East Islip), a goal and two assists from sophomore midfielder Heather Melone (Wall, N.J./Wall Township), and a goal apiece from junior midfielder Kate Hale (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East), sophomore defender/midfielder Katie Oehl (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa), and freshman midfielder Kristin Pickell (Ambler, Pa./Wissanickon).
Alvernia, now 0-1, received two goals from senior attacker McKenna Shaffer (Delran, N.J./Cinnaminson) and one each from senior midfielder Katie O'Brien (Boothwyn, Pa./Garnet Valley) and sophomore attacker Tara Walls (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township).
Pryor scored three of her four goals in the opening eight minutes of play as Scranton won a number of the early draws to keep the Crusaders on defense throughout much of the first-half. The Royals out-shot Alvernia 25-8 in the first-half and built up a 13-2 lead by intermission.
Sophomore Cassie Murphy (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) and junior Kristina Goetz (New Hyde Park, N.Y./New Hyde Park Memorial) split time in goal for Scranton and combined to make five saves. Sophomore Amanda Odenwalt (Lancaster, Pa./The Janus School) replaced starter Janelle Fulmer (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) midway through the first-half and finished with a game-high nine of the Crusaders' 11 saves in goal.
Scranton, which will compete a three-game home stand this Thursday, March 13, against Cabrini College beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field, also received two assists from freshman defender Katie Slade (Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East) and Matus and one each from Quinn and Mimnaugh.