|Megan Gallagher||Elizabeth Tolley||Nicolette Keale|
WILKES-BARRE, TWP. - The University of Scranton field hockey team once again turned a close match into a rout in the second half, scoring three goals in the final 35 minutes to roll past host King's, 4-0, on Thursday night.
With the win, Scranton remained unbeaten on the season, pushing their record to 5-0. In the first two weeks of the season, the Royals have already matched their win total from a season ago, as well. King's fell to 0-5 with the defeat.
In the opening frame, Scranton quickly went up 1-0 on the host Monarchs, as freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) scored her third goal of the season off an assist from junior Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township).
The score remained 1-0 for the rest of the half, as the Scranton defense was strong, holding King's to just two shots in the first 35 minutes of action (none of which were on goal).
To start the second half, the Royals quickly put away King's for the night, thanks to a pair of goals from junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), who continued her strong play in the second half of games.
Tolley's eighth goal of the year came in the 39th minute off an assist from sophomore Grace McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll), then she added her ninth score of the season in the 42nd minute off an assist from senior Ryan Jones (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), lifting Scranton to an insurmountable 3-0 lead.
The final goal of the night for Scranton came in the 66th minute, as sophomore Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) scored the first goal of her career, unassisted. On defense, the Royals were able to preserve the shutout, allowing just one shot by King's in the final 35 minutes of action.
Overall, Scranton controlled another opponent on the stat sheet, outshooting King's, 10-3, while holding an 11-2 edge in penalty corners.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Arcadia in a non-conference match at Fitzpatrick Field. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.