Field Hockey Drops Double Overtime Heartbreaker in Landmark Opener

Brianna Witt scored her first collegiate goal on Saturday in Scranton's 3-2, double overtime loss to Catholic.
Brianna Witt scored her first collegiate goal on Saturday in Scranton's 3-2, double overtime loss to Catholic.


Box Score

Junior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) scored with 20.6 seconds remaining in regulation to send Saturday's Landmark Conference field hockey opener between The University of Scranton and Catholic into overtime, but the Cardinals scored with 2:45 left in the second overtime to claim a 3-2 victory.

Both teams had chances over the opening 25 minutes of Saturday's contest before Catholic (2-4, 1-0 Landmark) broke through with 7:22 remaining in the first half as a deflected shot following a penalty corner found its way into the back of Scranton's cage.  The Cardinals' go-ahead goal snapped sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Cyr's (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) shutout streak at 337:05.

Scranton (7-1, 0-1 Landmark) wasted little time in tying the game back, needing just 2:08 to score the equalizer.  Junior Brianna Witt (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) tallied the first goal of her collegiate career back tapping in a shot at the back post after sophomore Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area) sent a diagonal feed across the goalmouth for her first assist of the season. 

Catholic went back in front seven and a half minutes into the second half as the Cardinals capitalized on a chance in front of the Royals' cage.

Scranton stepped up the offensive pressure over the remainder of the second half and were rewarded after generating a penalty corner with just under a minute left on the clock.  Senior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) perfectly set up McClatchy with a centering pass that junior blasted home for her team-leading seventh goal of the season, knotting the game up at 2-2.  Scarduzio's assist was her first of the year.

The Royals nearly won the contest midway through the first overtime period, but a pair of saves by Catholic's goalkeeper and a defensive save kept the game alive.

In the second overtime period, freshman Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) was denied on a pair of shots before the Cardinals capitalized on a fast break against the run of play to score the game-winner.

The Royals held an 18-10 advantage in shots for the game including a 13-6 lead from the start of the second half on.  The hosts also doubled up Catholic in penalty corner chances for the day, 16-8.

Cyr finished with six saves in the loss, which was the Royals' first of the season.

Scranton will be back in action on Tuesday with a non-conference game at Wilkes starting at 7 p.m.