SCRANTON - Junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) once again went off for the University of Scranton field hockey team in the second half of a match, scoring four goals alone in the final 35 minutes to pace the Royals to a comfortable 5-1 come-from-behind win over Misericordia on Tuesday night at Fitzpatrick Field.
With the victory, Scranton improved to 4-0 on the year, while Misericordia dropped to 0-5 with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, Scranton had their fair share of opportunities to score, firing nine shots (five of which were on goal). They, however, could not get a shot past Misericordia goalie Katelyn Campbell, who made five saves in the first 35 minutes.
The Cougars were able to cash in on their lone shot on net in the period, scoring in the 29th minute to take a 1-0 lead on the Royals into intermission.
The second half, however, was a totally different story, as the Royals outscored the Cougars, 5-0, the storm their way to a convincing win.
To open the half, senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) got Scranton on the scoreboard with a goal in the 39th minute to knot the match up at 1-1. Fellow senior Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J. /Randolph) was credited with an assist on the play, as well.
From there, Tolley took over the match, scoring four straight goals.
The eventual game-winner for Scranton came in the 54th minute, as Tolley scored off a Campbell pass near the net, giving the Royals a 2-1 edge. Next up in the 57th minute, Tolley scored her second goal of the night to put the Royals up for good at 3-1. Jones was credited with her second assist of the night on the play, as well.
Then, in the 65th and 68th minute, Tolley finished off her night with two more goals, putting the Royals up by four late (sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had an assist on the final goal of the night).
The scoring barrage by Tolley was historic, as she became just the seventh player in program history to score four goals in a match for Scranton. The last player to accomplish it was Rosanne Calvani against Albright in 1992. Also, Tolley has now scored seven goals on the season, all of which came in the second halves of the last two matches for Scranton.
Overall, it was a dominating night for Scranton in the overall stats, as they outshot the Cougars, 18-6, and held a decisive 17-6 edge in penalty corners. In net, freshman Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) moved to 3-0 on the year after making four saves.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Thursday night, as they travel to King's for another non-conference match. Things get underway at 7 p.m.