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Field Hockey Drops Tough 2-1 Decision at Vassar

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

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The University of Scranton field hockey team (10-4) battled until the final horn, but dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Vassar College Brewers (12-4) in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Weinberg Turf Field in Poughkeepsie.

This marks the second consecutive meeting between the two teams that has been decided by one goal after the Royals captured a 1-0 win on Oct. 27, 2021.

Royals' senior goalie Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) tallied a save in the 10th minute on Vassar's Max Meijaard to keep the game scoreless for the time being as the two teams battled to a 0-0 stalemate after one quarter. However, the hosts broke through to take a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when Gianna Trunfio found the back of the cage after a feed from Ella Pearl. Scranton had a pair of opportunities in the 23rd minute with a pair of penalty corners, but things remained 1-0 until the 28th minute when junior Katie Redding (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) tied the game with a blast from the edge of the circle after a pass from sophomore Lauren Franco (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson) off of a corner. Maguire then kept the game tied at one headed into halftime with a save with just over a minute left in the half.

The goal was Redding's team-leading 17th of the season, matching her total from the 2021 season.

Most of the third quarter was a defensive battle as things remained even at one with two total shots in the quarter including a save by Maguire when she denied Avery Bauman in the 33rd minute. The Brewers continued to threaten early in the fourth quarter and despite the best efforts of the Royals' defense, were able to take a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute when Trunfio scored on a rebound after the initial shot by Maggie Werner. Scranton searched for an equalizer over the final 10 plus minutes, but came up just short.

The Royals tallied three shots on the night as Redding led the way with two and Maguire made five saves in the cage. Vassar's Sarah Dumaresq had one save on the night.

Scranton will wrap up the regular season at Juniata on Saturday and will clinch the No. 1 seed in next week's Landmark Conference Tournament with a victory. Start time is set for 1 p.m.