SCRANTON - Seniors Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored goals in each half, as the University of Scranton field hockey team remained perfect on their 2017 season with a 2-1 victory over visiting Albright at Fitzpatrick Field on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Royals continued their best start in program history, moving to 11-0 overall. Albright fell to 4-5 on the year with the hard-fought defeat.
To open the contest, Scranton controlled possession, and 10 minutes into play took their first penalty corner on the night. While keeping possession, freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) found a streaking Jones in front of the net, as Jones fired Scranton's first shot of the night into the back of the cage to put the Royals up, 1-0.
For Jones, it was her second goal of the season, while Gallagher recorded her third assist of the year on the play.
The remainder of the period, however, saw Albright keep possession. In the frame, the visiting Lions had eight penalty corners (compared to four for Scranton) and fired five shots (all on goal).
However, the Royals defense was up to the challenge, keeping Albright scoreless in the first 35 minutes, as freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made five saves, alone, in the first half.
In the second half, Scranton again began a period strong, as they had four penalty corners in the first eight minutes of play. On that fourth corner, sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) took a pass from the back line (off the corner) and dished it right in the box for Campbell, who finished off the play to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
For Campbell, it continued her success on the offensive end on the year for Scranton, as she tallied her 18th goal of the year. McClatchy recorded her sixth assist of the campaign on the play, as well.
Down 2-0, Albright did not give in, as the Lions got on the scoreboard in the 49th minute to slice the Scranton lead to 2-1. For the remainder of the contest, the Royals hunkered down on defense, as Albright had four more penalty corners over the next 19 minutes of regulation and could not score.
Still down a goal with under 30 seconds to go, the Lions were granted one more penalty corner. As time expired, the Lions were only able to get one shot off, which was saved by Cyr, solidifying the one-goal victory for Scranton.
Overall, Albright outshot Scranton, 10-7, in the victory, and also held a 16-10 edge on penalty corners. Cyr was a star all night for Scranton in net, as she finished the match with season-best eight saves (five in the first half and three in the second).
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Susquehanna for a Landmark Conference match-up. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.