CHAMPIONS! No. 10 Cardinals Down No. 18 Scranton, 15-9

CHAMPIONS! No. 10 Cardinals Down No. 18 Scranton, 15-9

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For the 11th time in the 12-year history of the Landmark Conference, the Catholic University women's lacrosse team can call itself champion as the 10th-ranked Cardinals scored 10 unanswered goals en route to a 15-9 victory over No. 18 Scranton Saturday at Carlini Field.

Catholic (15-4) won its sixth-straight league title and 19th in-a-row against its conference rival, including 4-0 in the championship game. Junior Nanci Hernandez finished with 12 saves, including eight in the second half to earn Most Valuable Player honors.

With four goals and one assist, sophomore Anna Maupin finished one point shy of her career high set in a 21-10 win at Meredith on March 10 when she had four goals and two assists. Senior Jess Lyons also had four goals and now has a career-high 52 this season, surpassing the 51 she had a year ago.

Junior Ally Criscuolo had three goals and finished this year's tournament with eight in two games after netting a career-high five in Wednesday's semifinal win over Drew.

After Crisuolo scored the first goal just 1:22 into the game, Scranton (16-3) scored seven of the next 10 to take its largest lead, 7-4 with 5:48 remaining in the first half. Jill Henson and Elena Gallo each had two goals during the run.

However, Maupin scored her third goal of the half and Lyons netted her first with just nine seconds left to pull the Cards within one at the half, 7-6.

The goals started a streak of 10-straight for Catholic who led 14-7 with only 5:37 to play before the Royals finally found the back of the net with 4:59 left, snapping a streak of 30:49 without a goal.

After being held without a point for the game's first 29 minutes, Lyons scored four of the Cardinals' final 10 goals to increase her team-leading points total to 61 this season.

Criscuolo also had two caused turnovers while freshman Clare Richards totaled eight draw controls and senior Erin Dugan had four.

Henson, Gallo and Christine Olert each had two goals for Scranton while Lauren Devlin made 11 saves.

The selection show for the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship is Sunday night at 9:30 p.m., live on NCAA.com. The Cardinals will be making their 11th NCAA tournament appearance while the Royals will wait to see if they will receive and at-large bid to this year's tournament.