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Field Hockey Blanks Susquehanna for Fourth Straight Win, 2-0

Photo by: ZJ Morse
Photo by: ZJ Morse

SCRANTON, Pa. – Sophomore Reagan Dolan (Broomall, Pa./Bonner & Prendergast) opened the scoring in the second quarter and The University of Scranton field hockey team (10-3, 5-1 Landmark) added a late insurance goal with under two minutes to play as the Royals notched a fourth straight win with a 2-0 victory over the Susquehanna River Hawks (13-5, 5-1 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.

With one Landmark contest remaining, the two teams currently sit tied atop the conference standings with the Royals holding the head-to-head tiebreaker courtesy of Saturday's win.

Scranton nearly took the lead within the first three minutes of the game, but Susquehanna goalie Mackenzie Bross made a pair of saves including one on a penalty stroke attempt by junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford). The two teams continued to battle through a scoreless deadlock into the second quarter and Royals' senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) turned away a shot in the 25th minute to keep things scoreless for the time being. However, Scranton was able to break through in the 27th minute as Dolan collected a loose ball in the box following her initial shot and found the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead that the hosts would carry into halftime.

This marks the third straight game that Dolan has scored and the fourth straight in which she has recorded a point. During that stretch, she has tallied 11 points on five goals and one assist.

Maguire made a save on the River Hawks' Annalee Smith in the 35th minute after a penalty corner and that was the only shot that either team recorded in the third quarter. Dolan nearly extended the lead in the 51st minute, but Bross made consecutive saves to keep things at 1-0 for the time being. In the final three minutes of regulation, Dolan received a green card to give Susquehanna a woman-up opportunity, but it was the Royals who struck with 1:57 to play as Redding sent a feed across the circle to junior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) who buried an insurance goal for the 2-0 lead.

The goal was Abraldes' seventh of the season.

Scranton held a dominant 19-3 shot advantage in the contest led by seven from Redding and six from Dolan.

Maguire tallied a pair of saves to notch a second consecutive shutout for the Royals, while Bross recorded 10 saves in the setback for Susquehanna.

Head coach Colleen Moyer's team heads to Vassar for a non-conference matchup on Wednesday night with action getting underway at 7 p.m.

--ROYALS--