SCRANTON - Senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored a pair of first-half goals, then added an assist on a goal in the second period to keep up her torrid pace on the offensive end, as the University of Scranton field hockey team raced past visiting Drew, 5-0, on Wednesday night in Landmark Conference action at soggy Fitzpatrick Field.
With the win, the Royals continue their best start in program history, moving to 13-0 overall and 4-0 in the Landmark Conference. Drew dropped to 0-11 overall and 0-4 in the Landmark with the defeat.
In the opening frame of the contest, Scranton jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first 21 minutes.
The first goal of the night was scored by junior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) in the sixth minute, unassisted, giving the Royals an early 1-0 edge. The score for Tolley was her 13th of the 2017 season, as well.
In the 10th minute, Campbell got on the board for the night with her first goal (off a Tolley assist) to make it a 2-0 lead for the Royals. Then, in the 21st minute, Campbell scored again, this time unassisted to give Scranton a 3-0 edge entering intermission.
For Campbell, she has now scored 23 goals for the 2017 season and now sits two goals away from matching the program's all-time high for goals in a season, which was set at 25 by Denise Atkinson in 1985.
In the second half, Scranton continued to fire away on the Drew defense, but the Rangers held their ground for most of the period, keeping the deficit at 3-0 until the late in the contest.
But, in the 68th and 69th minute, the Royals scored their final two goals of the contest to win by five. Those goals were tallied by senior Hailey Marini (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland Central) (off an assist from freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) and freshman Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa. / Hazleton Area) (off a Campbell assist).
Overall for the night, Scranton outshot Drew by a wide margin (24-4) and had a 13-1 edge on penalty corners, as well.
The University of Scranton field hockey team returns to action on Saturday, hosting Juniata in a key Landmark Conference match-up at Fitzpatrick Field. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.