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Field Hockey Falls to Elizabethtown in Landmark Conference Action

Photo by: Timothy R. Dougherty / Double Eagle Photography
Photo by: Timothy R. Dougherty / Double Eagle Photography

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The University of Scranton field hockey team (6-3, 1-1 Landmark) dropped a 3-1 decision to the Elizabethtown College Blue Jays (5-7, 1-2 Landmark) in Landmark Conference action on Saturday afternoon at Wolf Field in Elizabethtown.

Junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) gave Scranton a 1-0 lead just 19 seconds into the game as she sent a shot to the far post and beat Blue Jays goalie Rachel Murphy with her team-leading 11th goal of the season. Redding's 11 goals are also tops in the Landmark Conference. Later in the first quarter, the Blue Jays had a trio of penalty corner opportunities, but Scranton held the 1-0 advantage for the time being.

Elizabethtown's Grace Hardy tied the game at one apiece in the 18th minute as she scored just seconds after a penalty corner. Throughout the remainder of the second quarter, Royals' senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) made five saves to keep the game tied at one apiece headed into halftime.

The Blue Jays continued to threaten in the third quarter, but things remained even at one thanks to a defensive save by freshman Kiera Lamb (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East) in the 35th minute and sophomore goalie Gianna Travia (Havertown, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) turning away a penalty stroke from Chloe Smith in the 44th minute. However, the Blue Jays' Sydney Aguilar gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a penalty stroke goal in the final minute of the quarter.

In the 46th minute, Elizabethtown extended the lead to 3-1 and despite a pair of penalty corner chances for Scranton later in the quarter, the score would remain 3-1.

Redding had three shots in the contest to lead head coach Colleen Moyer's team, while Maguire recorded six saves in the first half and Travia added two of her own over the final 30 minutes.

Elizabethtown recorded 23 penalty corners on the afternoon.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Wednesday night at Drew with start time slated for 7 p.m.

--ROYALS--