SCRANTON, Pa. – Misericordia scored the game winner with just over four minutes left in the first overtime period as The University of Scranton field hockey team (6-2) dropped a 2-1 heartbreaker to the Cougars (4-6) in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.
The Royals had taken a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute, but Misericordia tied the game in the final minute of regulation and then in the 66th minute, Shannon Murphy scored the afore-mentioned game winner.
In the early stages of the game, junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) nearly gave Scranton the lead in the second minute as her shot hit the post, which kept things scoreless for the time being. Later in the quarter, Misericordia had a pair of penalty corner opportunities, but the Royals' defense held strong and limited the Cougars to just one shot attempt in that stretch. The two teams also played to a defensive stalemate in the second quarter and despite a trio of penalty corners for Scranton, things remained deadlocked at zero at the half.
Both teams had scoring chances in the third quarter as an early attempt from Misericordia's Lily Metress was blocked in the circle in the 34th minute and Cougars goalie Sarah Bogina made a pair of saves in the 39th and 41st minutes to keep things scoreless.
Redding broke through for the Royals in the 56th minute as she blasted a shot past Bogina following a penalty corner feed by sophomore Lauren Franco (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson). The goal was Redding's team and Landmark Conference-leading 10th of the season.
Protecting the 1-0 lead, senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) made a key save on the Cougars' Morgan Walsh less than a minute after Redding's goal. However, Misericordia received a penalty corner in the 59th minute and was able to tie the game at one on Metress' goal.
Murphy got behind the goalie and tapped the ball in the open cage in the 66th minute to give the Cougars the 2-1 victory.
Scranton held a 12-8 shot advantage in the contest led by seven from Redding and Maguire tallied one save on the night, while Bogina made four saves for Misericordia.
The University of Scranton field hockey team heads to Elizabethtown for a Landmark Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon with action getting underway at 1 p.m.