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Dolan's Overtime Game-Winner Lifts Field Hockey Over Moravian, 2-1

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

SCRANTON, Pa. – Sophomore Reagan Dolan (Broomall, Pa./Bonner & Prendergast) scored the game-winner just 1:13 into the first overtime period and The University of Scranton field hockey team (8-3, 3-1 Landmark) notched a key 2-1 victory over the Moravian Greyhounds (6-8, 3-2 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.

After an initial shot by junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Dolan was able to dive with her stick towards the loose ball and poked home the game-winner into the open cage for the victory. The game-winner was Dolan's second of the season after she previously scored an overtime goal in a 4-3 win over Arcadia on Sept. 10.

Senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) made an early save for the Royals just under two minutes into the game as she denied the Greyhounds' Sarah Bietka with a shot following a penalty corner. Scranton recorded a trio of penalty corners in the 10th minute and took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute as Dolan's blast from the side of the circle tipped off of a Moravian defender's stick and into the cage. The 1-0 score would hold through halftime as Maguire added two more saves.

Head coach Colleen Moyer's team held a slight 5-4 shot advantage through the opening 30 minutes.

The Royals nearly extended the lead in the early stages of the third quarter, but Moravian goalie Brooke Wilkinson made a pair of saves on attempts by Redding and fellow junior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East). Wilkinson also added a save on a penalty stroke by junior Cori Davis (Millerstown, Pa./Greenwood) in the 50th minute and the Greyhounds evened the game at one just over three minutes later with a goal from Jenna Seagrave following a scrum in the circle. 

A shot from Dolan in the 58th minute was denied by Wilkinson and set the stage for overtime with things still deadlocked at one.

Scranton held a 12-6 shot advantage in the contest led by four from Redding and three from Abraldes.

Maguire tallied three saves in the cage for the Royals, while Wilkinson added six for Moravian.

Prior to the game, the Royals' senior class of Maguire, Marissa Campbell (Sunbury, Pa./Line Mountain), Breanne Dolphin (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) and Maeve Kenny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) was honored for their contributions to the program.

The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday night at Goucher with action slated to get underway at 6 p.m.

--ROYALS--