WAYNE, N.J. - Senior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) registered a hat trick in the second half, as the University of Scranton field hockey team blew open a tie match, scoring four goals in the final 35 minutes to storm past host William Paterson on Wednesday night, 5-2.
With the win, Scranton improved to a perfect 3-0 on the year, while William Paterson dropped to 1-2 with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the match, William Paterson made the most of the first (of two shots the entire period) shot they took in the match, scoring in the 15th minute to go up 1-0 on the Royals.
Despite being behind in the contest, Scranton dominated the pace of play, outshooting WPU, 13-2, in the first 35 minutes. Finally, in the 31st minute, the Royals cracked the scoreboard, as Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa / Archbishop Carroll) scored her fifth goal of the young season to tie the match up at 1-1 entering intermission.
The scoring started fast for Scranton in the second half, as Tolley scored her first goal of the contest just 37 seconds in the period, giving the Royals their first lead of the night at 2-1. William Paterson, however, answered with a score of their own in the 39th minute, knotting the match up at 2-2.
From there, however, Scranton dominated. In the 40th minute, Tolley scored her second goal of the night to put the Royals up 3-2, which was followed up by a score by freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) in the 53rd minute. The second goal of the season for Gallagher gave Scranton a 4-2 lead.
The final score of the night came in the 63rd minute, as Tolley completed the second half hat trick with another goal, completing the scoring barrage by the Royals that lifted them to a convincing three-goal win on the road.
Overall, Scranton controlled the stat sheet in the win, outshooting William Paterson, 22-3, overall. The Royals also held a decisive 18-3 edge on penalty corners in the victory, as well.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday, as they host Misericordia in another non-conference match. Action gets underway at Fitzpatrick Field at 7 p.m.