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Dolan's Overtime Game-Winner Lifts Field Hockey Over Arcadia in 4-3 Thriller

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

SCRANTON, Pa. – Sophomore Reagan Dolan (Broomall, Pa./Bonner & Prendergast) scored the game-winner just over two minutes into overtime and The University of Scranton field hockey team (3-0) remained unbeaten with a 4-3 victory over the Arcadia Knights (1-3) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.

Dolan was able to gather a loose ball in the circle after an initial shot by junior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East), which drew Arcadia goalie Gracie Fenner out of the cage and Dolan fired home the game-winner.

The one goal win was the Royals' third in as many games and their second overtime win of the season following a 2-1 win over Muhlenberg on Sept. 1.

Arcadia opened the scoring just 53 seconds into the game with a goal from Regan Sammons and the Royals tied things at one apiece in the fourth minute as junior Katie Redding's (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) shot deflected off of Fenner and found the back of the cage. Redding then gave Scranton the lead in the 14th minute with a tip of an initial shot from Dolan at the top of the circle.

This marked the fifth multi-goal game of Redding's career.

In the early stages of the second quarter, the Royals had a couple of chances to extend the lead, but Fenner turned away Redding on a penalty stroke in the 24th minute and added three other saves in the quarter to keep things at 2-1 headed into halftime.

The Knights had consecutive penalty corner opportunities and Royals senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) made a save on a shot by Clara Lacek in the 33rd minute to begin action in the third quarter. From there, junior Cori Davis (Millerstown, Pa./Greenwood) dribbled in the circle and beat Fenner with a shot to the near post in the 38th minute for her first goal of the season and a 3-1 advantage.

However, Arcadia would not go quietly as two goals just under two minutes apart in the 45th minute and 47th minute tied things at three apiece. Lacek took a feed from Ashlyn Barton following a penalty corner for the game-tying goal.

The two teams traded opportunities for the remainder of regulation, but neither team could find the go-ahead goal, which set the stage for Dolan's game winner in overtime.

Head coach Colleen Moyer's team held a 17-12 shot advantage on the afternoon, led by eight from Abraldes and five from Redding. In the cage for the Royals, Maguire tallied five saves and Fenner added eight for the Knights.

Scranton is back in action on Tuesday night at Marywood with action getting underway at 7 p.m.