MADISON, N.J. – The University of Scranton field hockey team (7-3, 2-1 Landmark) scored three goals in the second quarter to break the game open and rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Drew University Rangers (4-7, 1-3 Landmark) in Landmark Conference action on Wednesday night at Ranger Stadium in Madison.
Scranton has now won five straight against Drew dating back to the 2017 season.
Sophomore Lauren Franco (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) opened the scoring in the 12th minute with her second goal of the season as she beat Rangers goalie Olyvia Jackson with a shot from the near post for a 1-0 lead. In the afore-mentioned second quarter, the Royals struck for three goals just over six minutes apart with goals from senior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) in the 23rd minute, junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) in the 25th minute and senior Maeve Kenny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) in the 29th minute to extend the lead to 4-0 at halftime. Kenny buried her goal after Jackson saved the initial attempt just seconds before.
Drew began to threaten offensively in the late stages of the third quarter and had three penalty corner opportunities in less than a minute, but the Royals' defense held strong and senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) denied Maxine Lloyd with a shot in the 42nd minute to keep it at 4-0 for the time being. From there, Redding once again found the back of the cage with a blast from the top of the circle in the 50th minute and Abraldes closed the scoring in the final minute as she tipped home an initial shot by sophomore Reagan Dolan (Broomall, Pa./Bonner & Prendergast).
The multi-goal games were Redding's fourth of the season and Abraldes' second. On the season, the former leads the Landmark with 13 goals and Abraldes has added five of her own.
The Royals held a dominant 26-4 shot advantage behind 11 shots from Redding and Maguire made one save in 60 minutes of action.
Jackson tallied 13 saves in the setback for the Rangers.
Head coach Colleen Moyer's team returns home to host Moravian in a key Landmark Conference battle on Saturday at Weiss Field with action getting underway at 11:30 a.m.