SCRANTON, Pa. – A big second half for Ithaca proved costly as The University of Scranton field hockey team (6-1) dropped a 4-1 decision to the Bombers (6-2) in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.
This marked the 20th all-time meeting between the programs, but the first since a 1-0 Royals overtime victory on Sept. 19, 2007.
The Royals had a pair of chances in the early going as Ithaca goalie Macy Brandwein turned away a pair of shots in the second and sixth minutes from sophomore Reagan Dolan (Broomall, Pa./Bonner & Prendergast) and junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford). Ithaca was able to take the lead following a penalty corner in the 13th minute when Meara Bury found the back of the cage to make it a 1-0 game. In the second quarter, Brandwein made consecutive saves to keep things at 1-0 in the 24th minute and that score would remain headed into halftime.
In the 36th minute, the Bombers extended the lead as Jacqueline Mirabile redirected a shot by Natalie Descalso after a penalty corner. Ithaca made it a 3-0 game with a goal in the 43rd minute, but Scranton began to battle back in the early stages of the fourth quarter as Redding took a feed from Dolan and blasted a shot past Brandwein for her team-leading ninth goal of the season that cut the lead to 3-1. From there, the Bombers tallied a goal in the 55th minute to make it 4-1.
The Royals held a slight 15-12 shot advantage in the contest led by six from Redding and five from Dolan.
Senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) tallied two saves in 45 minutes of action and sophomore Gianna Travia (Havertown, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) played the fourth quarter for head coach Colleen Moyer's team.
Brandwein made six saves for Ithaca.
Scranton resumes conference play on Saturday afternoon at Goucher with action getting underway at 1 p.m.