SCRANTON, Pa. - Freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) scored the game-winning goal with one minute and 42 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the University of Scranton field hockey team to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Marywood on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Royals remained unbeaten on the year, moving to 7-0 overall with the thrilling victory. Marywood dropped to 1-5 with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, both teams had their chances to score goals and crack a scoreless tie but came up just short. In net, freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) kept Marywood off the board with two first-half saves, while Pacer goalie Kerri Mountz made five saves in the opening 35 minutes to keep Scranton scoreless.
To open the second half, Marywood finally scored the first goal of the match in the 50th minute, taking a 1-0 lead on the Royals. The lead held for the next 10-plus minutes, as Scranton entered the final moments of regulation trailing by a goal.
With 7:55 left, senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) came through for Scranton, scoring her eighth goal of the year off an assist from Gallagher to tie the match up at 1-1. The goal for Campbell marked the sixth time in seven games on the year that she has scored for the Royals, as well.
Then, with under two minutes left, Gallagher played the hero for Scranton, firing a shot from 18-yards out into the back of the cage to give the Royals a 2-1 lead with 1:42 left. The eventual game-winner was Gallagher's fourth goal of the season and her second game-winner of her freshman campaign.
From there, the Royals defense held over the last minute and a half, as Scranton pulled out a tough one-score win on the road.
Overall, the Royals outshot the Pacers, 15-9, while holding a 7-5 edge in penalty corners. In net, Cyr made three saves to earn the victory, as well.
The University of Scranton field hockey team now leaps into Landmark Conference play on Saturday, traveling to Moravian for their first conference bout of the 2017 season. Things get underway in Bethlehem at 1 p.m.