SCRANTON, Pa. - Catholic University women's lacrosse senior Megan Ellis scored the game's first goal and the eventual game-winner as the 10th-ranked Cardinals never trailed en route to posting its third win over a ranked opponent this season 16-13 at No. 20 Scranton Saturday.
Catholic (10-3, 5-0 LC) extended its Landmark Conference win streak to 36 games and clinched a spot in the conference tournament for the 12th-straight season. The Cardinals have won 10 of the previous 11 titles.
Ellis finished with three goals for her sixth hat-trick of the season. Her game-winner with 7:02 remaining in the second half was the 97th goal of her career.
Junior Ally Criscuolo finished with four goals, three of which came in the first half. She now has 31 this season which is a new career high surpassing her 27 last year.
Ellis scored two of the Cards' first three goals as they jumped out to 3-1 lead less than four minutes in. Criscuolo added her second of the game with 16:50 to play in the opening half as Catholic led 4-2.
Back-to-back goals by sophomore Bridget Beck and senior Jess Lyons just 38 seconds apart pushed the Cardinals' lead to its largest of the game, 6-3, before the Royals scored five of the next seven to tie the game for the second time at 8-8.
The game was tied two more times, the last at 10-10, when Criscuolo netted her fourth of the game to give Catholic the lead for good with 21:29 left.
Scranton (12-2, 4-1 LC) found itself within one three times at 12-11, 13-12 and 14-13, but goals by Lyons and senior Katie Sherry over the final 2:20 sealed the win for the Cardinals.
Beck continued her hot streak offensive, totaling one goal and four assists for a team-high five points. Over her last three games, she has had 17 points with seven goals and 10 assists.
Lyons had three goals and five draw controls. Freshman Clare Richards had six draw controls.
Kate Calabro had four goals to lead the Royals while Lauren Devlin totaled 16 saves.
Catholic faces its seventh ranked opponent this season on Tuesday when the Cards travel to No. 3 Mary Washington. Opening draw is at 4 p.m.