BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The University of Scranton field hockey team scored early and often at Moravian on Saturday afternoon in their Landmark Conference season opener, scoring six times in the first 35 minutes to roll past the host Greyhounds, 7-0.
With the win, Scranton remained unbeaten on the year, going to 8-0 overall and 1-0 in the Landmark Conference. Moravian dropped to 1-7 and 0-1 in the Landmark with the defeat.
In the first half scoring barrage for the Royals, senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored three times, tallying Scranton's first two goals, then the last of the period. The hat trick was the first of the season for Campbell, as she has now tallied 11 goals for the 2017 season (already surpassing her team-high mark of 10 goals in 2016).
Meanwhile, junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), senior Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), and freshman Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area) also tallied goals in the opening frame, with Jones and Amentler scoring their first goals of the season. In the assist column, Campbell had two in the first half, while Tolley, Jones and sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had the other assists in the frame.
Up by six to open the second half, Scranton coasted in the final 35 minutes, but not before Tolley scored the final goal of the match off another assist from McClatchy in the 64th minute. Tolley now joins Campbell in the team-lead for goals, as she also has 11 for the 2017 season.
Overall, it was a dominating performance from Scranton on the stat sheet, as they outshot Moravian by a wide 27-1 margin while posting an 11-3 edge in penalty corners.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday evening, as they host Wilkes at Fitzpatrick Field in a non-conference contest. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.