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Late Goal Proves Costly as Field Hockey Drops 1-0 Heartbreaker to Moravian in Landmark Semis

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

SCRANTON, Pa. – Moravian's Maddie Call scored the lone goal of the game with 1:49 to play in regulation and The top seeded University of Scranton field hockey team (11-5) dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to the fourth seeded Greyhounds (8-10) in Landmark semifinal action on Wednesday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.

Call was able to gather a loose ball and found the back of the cage with a shot from the top of the circle to send Moravian to Saturday's Landmark title game at No. 3 seed Catholic.

Things were even throughout the game and junior Bridget Abraldes (Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem East) nearly gave the Royals the lead in the fifth minute, but Greyhounds' goalie Brooke Wilkinson made a save. Scranton tallied six shots in the in the opening quarter, but the game was scoreless after 15 minutes. The two sides battled to a defensive stalemate in the second quarter with each goalie making one save as the score remained 0-0 at halftime.

The Royals had a pair of penalty corner opportunities in the 36th minute and Wilkinson made a save on junior Katie Redding's (Havertown, Pa./Haverford) shot to keep things scoreless. Both teams would then see quality scoring chances in the late stages of the third period as Call hit the post in the 40th minute and Royals' freshman Annie Coll (Oreland, Pa./Springfield Twp.) saw her attempt trickle just wide of the cage a minute later. Senior Clare Maguire (Oreland, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph Academy) added a save for the Royals in the waning seconds of the quarter as she denied Moravian's Sarah Bietka.

Both goalies continued to stand strong in the fourth quarter as Wilkinson and Maguire both made a pair of saves. The latter turned away a pair of Greyhounds shots just seven seconds apart in the 57th minute and the Royals' defense blocked a shot by Jenna Segrave after a penalty corner, but Call struck in the 59th minute with the afore-mentioned late goal.

Scranton held an 18-10 shot advantage in the contest behind eight from Redding and six from sophomore Reagan Dolan (Broomall, Pa./Bonner & Prendergast). Maguire added four saves for the Royals, while Wilkinson recorded seven for the Greyhounds.

The Royals featured four seniors on the 2022 roster in Maguire, Marissa Campbell (Sunbury, Pa./Line Mountain), Breanne Dolphin (Pearl River, N.Y./Pearl River) and Maeve Kenny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen).

--ROYALS--