The University of Scranton field hockey team kept right on rolling Saturday, defeating Juniata, 3-1, at Fitzpatrick Field to improve to 14-0 overall and 5-0 in Landmark Conference play. The win guarantees a home semifinal game in the Landmark Conference playoffs.
Scranton got a pair of first-half goals from senior forward Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and an insurance goal in the closing minutes from sophomore forward Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll).
The two goals give Campbell 25 for the season, which ties the single-season program record, set by Denise Atkinson in 1985. More importantly, it gives her 57 points (25 goals, seven assists) on the season, which sets a single-season school record. Campbell surpassed the previous record of 54, set by Atkinson in 1985.
The Royals jumped ahead right away when Campbell scored off a corner just 2:35 into the match. Senior midfielder Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) sent the ball in from the top of the circle where it deflected off a defender and straight to Campbell, who redirected it into the goal for a quick lead. The assist for Jones was her fifth of the season and ninth of her career.
But Juniata (8-5, 3-2 Landmark) answered just 31 seconds later by taking the ball straight down the field on the restart and scoring from in close.
It didn't take long for Campbell to put her team back ahead, though. She scored in the ninth minute on a beautiful cross from sophomore defender Caroline Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy). The assist was the first career point for Mullen.
The game settled into a back-and-forth affair with both teams generating some chances. Momentum finally swung Scranton's way late in the second half and the Royals broke through with the insurance goal when McClatchy scored from in close after a feed from junior midfielder Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township). It was McClatchy's third goal of the season and McVeagh's second assist.
The Royals finished the match with an 8-5 edge in goals and a 9-6 advantage in penalty corners. Freshman goalkeeper Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made two saves for her 12th win of the season.
The field hockey team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when the Royals host Goucher on Senior Day at 1 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Field.