The University of Scranton scored the first three goals of Saturday afternoon's Landmark Conference field hockey game against Moravian and held off the Greyhounds to secure a 3-1 victory at Weiss Field.
Junior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) netted a pair of goals while senior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) also scored for the Royals, who improved to 10-2 on the season including a 2-1 mark in Landmark Conference play.
The Royals have now won at least 10 games in seven of their last eight seasons and reached double-digit victories for the 27th time in the 43-year history of the program.
McClatchy gave Scranton a 1-0 lead just 44 seconds into Saturday's contest, collecting a rebound off of her initial shot and firing home the game's first goal from close range.
The Royals continued pressure Moravian's defense and were rewarded with 3:43 left in the opening half when Tolley punched home a rebound after freshman Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) had her shot saved. Tolley's goal was her eighth of the season which ranks second on the team's scoring chart.
Scranton extended its lead to 3-0 just 36 seconds into the second half when McClatchy deflected a shot from senior Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township) into the back of the cage for her second goal of the afternoon. McClatchy's tally was her 12th of the season which leads the Landmark Conference while McVeagh's assist was her first of the fall.
Moravian (3-8, 0-3 Landmark) scored on its first shot of the game, which came just over 54 minutes into the contest, to cut its deficit to 3-1, but that was all the Royals would allow while closing out the victory.
Sophomore Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) was credited with the win after playing the first half in Scranton's cage without being forced to make a save.
Junior Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) finished out the victory without making a stop in the final 35 minutes of the contest.
The Royals held a commanding, 20-2 advantage in shots for the game including a 13-1 lead in shots on goal. The hosts also earned 17 penalty corner chances to just two for the Greyhounds.
Scranton travels to Madison, N.J. on Wednesday evening to take on Drew in a Landmark Conference battle starting at 7 p.m.