BALTIMORE, Md. – Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) recorded a hat trick and Amanda Gerenza (Stroudsburg, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) scored the first two goals of her collegiate career to lead The University of Scranton to a 6-0 victory at Goucher in Landmark Conference field hockey action on Saturday.
Caroline Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) also scored for the Royals, who improved to 9-1 on the season while leveling their conference mark at 1-1.
Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made five saves to post the shutout victory, her fourth of the season, while Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) made a defensive save to the Royals blanked their opponent for the fifth time this fall.
McClatchy opened the scoring 5:37 into Saturday's contest, scoring from five yards out off a feed Benedon on a penalty corner. Scranton held the one-goal edge through the first half before erupting for five second half tallies.
Gerenza doubled the Royals' advantage eight minutes into the second half, putting home a shot from six yards out with Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) picking up the assist.
McClatchy extended Scranton's lead to 4-0 with a pair of goals to complete her hat trick in the 50th and 56th minutes. Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) set up McClatchy's second goal of the game before the junior completed her hat track by knocking in a crossing pass from Annie Amentler (Drums, Pa./Hazleton Area).
Gerenza scored her second goal of the afternoon in the 63rd minute with Brittany Schumann (Andover, N.J./Newton) notching the assist before Mullen closed out the scoring by burying a penalty stroke with 45 seconds left on the clock for her the first goal of her collegiate career.
Both teams were credited with seven shots on the day with the Royals holding an 8-2 advantage in penalty corners.
With the loss, the Gophers are 5-4 on the season including a 1-1 mark in Landmark Conference games.
Scranton returns to the field on Wednesday with a non-conference tilt at Albright starting at 7 p.m.