Photo gallery (by Dan Ceccacci)
WILKES-BARRE., Pa. - Second half goals by sophomore Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and freshman Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township) lifted the University of Scranton field hockey team to a 3-1 victory over King's on Sunday morning.
With the win, the Royals remained undefeated on the young 2015 season, improving to 4-0 overall. King's fell to 3-3 with the defeat.
In the first half, Scranton wasted little time in scoring the first goal of the contest, as senior Alyssa Whitman (Bethlehem, Pa,/Saucon Valley) scored her fifth goal of the season in the second minute to give the Royals the early 1-0 edge. Fellow senior Krista Osborne (Blue Bell, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy) was credited with an assist on the score.
King's, however, evened the game up at 1-1 off a successful penalty stroke in the 15th minute, as the score remained tied into intermission between the squads.
In the second half, Scranton finally took the lead back in the 55th minute, as Jones scored off an Osborne penalty corner to give the Royals a 2-1 lead. Four minutes later, the insurance goal came from McVeagh, as senior Meghan Kearney (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area) was credited with an assist on the score.
From there, the Royals used stout defense to put away King's, as the Monarch's only made four shots the entire match (three in the second half). Sophomore goalie Christina Black (Lafayette Hill, Pa./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) was able to preserve the win, stopping two shots in the second period.
Overall, Scranton outshot King's 10-4 in the win and held a 5-4 edge on corners.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday, as they host Misericordia at Fitzpatrick Field. Things get underway at 4 p.m.