For the first time in program history, the second-seeded University of Scranton field hockey team will host a match in the Landmark Conference Playoffs, as the Royals take on third-seeded Juniata at Fitzpatrick Field on Wednesday night. Action gets underway at 7 p.m.
Fans attending the match are reminded that admission will be charged at the gate: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty, and staff with their school ID. Gates will open at 6 p.m.
Fans who will be unable to attend the match are also reminded that both live stats and a live broadcast will be available, as well. For the live stat link, click here, and for the live video link, click here.
On Wednesday night, Scranton will enter the Landmark Conference Playoffs for the seventh time in program history, earning their first bid into the field since 2015 this season. The Royals finished the year with a 15-2 overall mark, the highest win total for a Scranton team in a season since a 16-5 1998 campaign. The team also won their first 15 matches, the longest winning streak in program history.
Leading the way all season long on the offensive end for Scranton has been senior Meredith Campbell (Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) who has notched a historic campaign, scoring a program-record 30 goals, while adding seven assists to break the school record for most points in a campaign with 67.
Campbell, who is the Landmark Conference's leader in both goals scored and total points, is second in all of NCAA Division III in both goals scored and goals per game (1.76).
Scranton also boasts a strong defensive unit that has collected seven shutout victories and allowed just 17 goals on the year. Led by seniors Jessica Kaplowitz (Glenmont, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) and Hailey Marini (Slingerlands, N.Y./Guilderland Central), the Royals allowed just five goals in Landmark Conference play for the season. Also, freshman goalie Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) has had an impressive campaign, making 57 saves, while recording a goals against average of 1.32.
Juniata will come into Wednesday night's game with an 11-6 overall mark for the year. The Eagles have been led on the offensive end by senior Katie Alexander, who has scored 12 goals and added five assists for a season point total of 29. The Eagles also enter the playoffs on a three-match winning streak, clinching the third-seed with a 4-3 win on penalty strokes over Elizabethtown this past Saturday.
Earlier in the season, Scranton collected a 3-1 win over Juniata on Oct. 14, the first win for the Royals over the Eagles since 2011. The win was also the Royals' second all-time in the series, as Juniata holds a 9-2 edge over Scranton. This will also be the first time in program history that Juniata and Scranton will play eachother in the postseason, as well.
In Wednesday's other Landmark Conference Semifinal match, top-seeded Catholic (14-2) will take on fourth-seeded Elizabethtown (8-9). The winners of both semifinal games will then face off for the Landmark Conference title on Saturday at the higher seeded team left in the field.
For more on the 2017 Landmark Conference Field Hockey Playoffs, click here.