Photo Gallery (courtesy of Dan Ceccacci)
The University of Scranton field hockey team put forth a strong defensive effort and senior forward Gretchen Kempf (Warrington, Pa./Central Bucks South) had a goal and two assists as the Royals posted a 3-0 victory over Vassar College at rain-soaked Fitzpatrick Field on Tuesday evening.
Kempf put the Royals on the board just 2:54 into the match when she picked up the ball, dribbled past a defender and into the circle and powered in a shot from the left side. It was her team-leading 14th goal of the season, two off her career high from last season.
Megargel pushed the lead to 2-0 at the 24:42 mark when she knocked home a shot from just inside the circle on a penalty corner by Kempf. The goal was Megargel’s fourth of the season in just her fifth game after missing a good portion of the season with an injury.
Just over five minutes later, Conroy scored in nearly the same manner on another penalty corner from Kempf. The goal was Conroy’s third of the season.
Kempf’s goal and two assists continued her steady climb up the all-time lists at Scranton. The two assists give her seven on the season, tied for fifth-most in a single season. Her 35 points are a new career high and are tied for seventh-most in a single season in school history. For her career, Kempf has 40 goals, fourth-most in school history, and 97 points, also fourth-highest in Scranton history.
The shutout was the seventh of the season for Scranton, the most since the Royals had seven in 2005. Sophomore goalie Krista Mundy (North Caldwell, N.J./West Essex) made two saves in the first half and fellow sophomore goalie Maria Begliomini (Shickshinny, Pa./Northwest Area) made one after the break.
Scranton wraps up its regular season when it travels to Huntingdon, Pa. on Sunday, Oct. 28, to face Juniata at 1 p.m. The Royals, who have already clinched a playoff berth, can secure the top seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs with a win and a Drew victory over Catholic on Saturday.