SCRANTON, Pa. - Senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored again, as her tally early in the first half was the difference on the afternoon, as the University of Scranton field hockey team rode a strong defensive effort to a 1-0 victory over Elizabethtown on Saturday in Landmark Conference action at Fitzpatrick Field.
With the win, Scranton remains perfect at 10-0 overall and 2-0 in the Landmark Conference. The 10-0 start is now the best start to a season for the Royals in program history, surpassing a 9-0 beginning to the 2015 campaign.
Elizabethtown fell to 4-6 overall and 1-1 in the Landmark with the defeat.
Campbell's eventual game-winner came in the 10th minute of play, as she found the back of the cage after tipping in a saved shot. For Campbell, it was her 17th goal of the year and her sixth game-winner of the campaign. With 17 goals in 10 matches, Campbell has already scored the fifth most goals in a season in program history
For the remainder of the first half, the Royals defense was strong, as they allowed Elizabethtown to take just two shots in the first 35 minutes. Both of those shots were saved by freshman Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh), as the Royals went into halftime up, 1-0.
In the second half, the Royals appeared on two separate occasions to put the game on ice, as it looked like they had scored a pair of goals. But, both goals were waved off, keeping their lead at just one score.
Down 1-0 entering the last 10 minutes, the visiting Blue Jays began to attack the Royals defense relentlessly. But, Cyr was up to the challenge, as she made four saves over that time frame.
Elizabethtown's last chance to score turned out to come late in the 64th minute, but, senior Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) made a huge play, as she made a defensive save that preserved the shutout for the Scranton.
From there, neither team had a scoring chance over the last five minutes, as the Royals stayed unbeaten with the thrilling 1-0 win over the visiting Blue Jays.
Overall, Scranton ended the match outshooting Elizabethtown, 10-8, along with a 10-7 edge in penalty corners. In between the pipes, Cyr was terrific all match, as she made seven saves on the afternoon (five of which came in the second half) to earn her second shutout win of the year.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Tuesday, as they host Albright at Fitzpatrick Field in a non-conference match-up. Things get underway at 7 p.m.