POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored a pair of goals in the last 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime, but in the extra frame, host Vassar was able to tally a game-winning goal to take a 3-2 victory over the University of Scranton field hockey team on Wednesday night.
With the defeat, the Royals dropped their first match of the 2017 season, falling to 15-1 overall. Vassar improved to 10-6 on the season with the win.
In the opening frame of the contest, Vassar was able to score goals in the 18th and 25th minutes to take a 2-0 lead into intermission. Scranton did outshoot Vassar in the opening frame, 9-8, but was unable to get a shot past Vassar goalie Liz Rotolo, who made four saves in the first 35 minutes of action.
The second half saw Vassar try repeatedly to go up for good, as they fired 10 shots in the period. Freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh), however, was terrific in the frame, making seven saves to keep Vassar from going ahead by three goals. Senior Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) also had a defensive save in the frame, as well.
Scranton, meanwhile, was quiet on the offensive end entering the final 10 minutes of regulation, as they had taken just one shot (which was saved). But, things changed in the 62nd minute, as Campbell scored her first goal of the night off an assist from freshman Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) to make it a 2-1 game.
Things finally came to a head in the match with under a minute left. After Campbell had a shot saved, the Royals were awarded a penalty stroke with eight seconds remaining in regulation. Campbell took the stroke and was successful, scoring her 30th goal of the season in the process to send the match to overtime.
But, in the extra frame, Vassar outshot Scranton 8-4. Cyr was able to keep the Royals alive with three saves (while Rotolo of Vassar made two saves), but in the 77th minute, Megan Caveny of Vassar scored the game-winner, handing the Royals a heartbreaking loss in the process.
Overall, Vassar outshot Scranton, 26-17, and held a slim 10-9 edge in penalty corners. Overall, Cyr was great in net in the loss, making 10 saves to keep the Royals in the match all night.
Scranton will now look to bounce back on Saturday at Catholic, as the winner of the Landmark Conference contest will be the number one seed in next week's Landmark Playoffs. Things get underway in Washington, D.C. at 5:30 p.m.