WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a battle for the top spot in the upcoming Landmark Conference Playoffs, host and 12th-ranked Catholic upended the visiting University of Scranton field hockey team, 2-0, on Saturday evening.
With the win, Scranton ends its regular season with a 15-2 overall mark, 6-1 in the Landmark Conference. Despite dropping the match, the Royals will still host a Landmark Conference Playoff match at Fitzpatrick Field Wednesday night, as the second-seed. There, they will take on Juniata at 7 p.m.
Catholic, meanwhile, ends the regular season with a 14-2 mark, 7-0 in the Landmark Conference.
In the match, Catholic was first to strike, scoring a goal in the 11th minute to take a 1-0 lead. In the period, the Cardinals dominated play, but freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) for Scranton kept the Royals alive all half, as she made six saves in the first 35 minutes of play.
To start the second half, senior Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) prevented Catholic from going up 2-0 with a defensive save. But, in the 47th minute, the Cardinals scored again to go up by two on the Royals.
From there, the Royals offense had chances to cut the Catholic lead down to a score, as the Royals took five shots on net in the second half. But, Catholic goalie Sophia Hamilton made a save on every shot, preserving the shutout win for Catholic in the process.
Overall, Catholic held a sizable 21-10 edge on shots, while Scranton held a slim 10-9 advantage in penalty corners. Cyr ended the night with 10 saves to keep Scranton in the match all evening.
The Royals will now set their sights on Wednesday night, as the program hosts their first Landmark Conference Playoff match all-time against Juniata. In the regular season, Scranton was able to upend the Eagles, 3-1.
More information on the match will be posted to athletics.scranton.edu as the week progresses.