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Franco's Late Goal Pushes Field Hockey Past King's in 2-1 Thriller

Franco's Late Goal Pushes Field Hockey Past King's in 2-1 Thriller

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Sophomore Lauren Franco (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) scored the eventual game-winner with just over four minutes to play in regulation and The University of Scranton field hockey team (2-0) picked up a thrilling 2-1 win over King's (1-1) on Wednesday night at McCarthy Stadium in Wilkes-Barre.

Franco's goal marked the first of her career and gave the Royals a 2-1 lead with 4:23 to play in the fourth quarter. The West Chester, Pa., native was able to gather a loose ball in the circle following a penalty corner and beat Monarchs' goalie Ellie Glatz.

This is the fourth time in five seasons that Scranton has started the season with consecutive wins.

The Royals opened the scoring in the 12th minute when sophomore Gabby Lorenzo (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./Gwynedd Mercy Academy) took a feed from senior Marissa Campbell (Sunbury, Pa./Line Mountain) and fired home a shot to the far post from the side of the cage to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. In the second quarter, Glatz made a trio of saves to keep it a one goal game for the time being including a save on a penalty stroke in the 28th minute.

The goal was also Lorenzo's first of her career with the Royals.

In the early stages of the third quarter, head coach Colleen Moyer's team had a trio of penalty corner opportunities, but things remained 1-0 as Glatz added two more saves in the period. Junior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) nearly extended the Royals' lead in the fourth, but saw a shot ring off the post in the 49th minute and the Monarchs would tie the game at one apiece in the 54th minute with a goal from Ali Tedik. From there, Scranton drew a penalty corner in the 56th minute and after Glatz turned away an initial shot from junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Franco pounced on the loose ball and buried the eventual game-winner.

The Royals held a 19-7 shot advantage on the night, led by 12 from Redding.

Senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) played all 60 minutes in the cage to notch her second win of the year, while Glatz made eight saves for King's in the setback.

Scranton returns home to host Arcadia on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field with action slated to get underway at 3:30 p.m.