Field Hockey Pulls Away in Second Half for 5-0 Win at Drew

Allie Benadon opened the scoring for Scranton on Wednesday in the Royals' 5-0 win at Drew.
Allie Benadon opened the scoring for Scranton on Wednesday in the Royals' 5-0 win at Drew.


Box Score

The University of Scranton field hockey team scored four second half goals to break open a tight Landmark Conference field hockey game at Drew on Wednesday night as the Royals defeated the Rangers, 5-0.

Scranton received goals from five different players and the Royals' defense limited Drew to just two shots in the game as the squad posted its sixth shutout of the season while improving to 11-2 (3-1 Landmark) on the season.

Freshman Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) gave Scranton a 1-0 lead just 1:03 into Wednesday's contest, redirected a pass from junior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) into the back of the cage for her second goal of the season.   

The Royals were not able to add onto their lead over the final 34 minutes of the first half despite outshooting the Rangers (1-11, 0-4 Landmark) 12-2 in the period, but the second half would be a different story as Scranton erupted for four goals to pull away.

Junior Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) doubled the Royals' lead three and a half minutes into the second half with her third goal of the fall, knocking in a centering pass from McClatchy.  McClatchy made it a 3-0 game in the 43rd minute by punching home a rebound for her conference-leading 13th goal of the season. 

Senior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) tallied her ninth goal of the year one minute after McClatchy's goal, redirecting in a shot with senior Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining) picking up her second assist of the season on Scranton's fourth goal of the contest. 

Senior Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township) capped the scoring in the 58th minute, tallying her third goal of the year after firing home a shot after collecting a pass from sophomore Emily Bassiacos (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), who recorded her first collegiate point with the assist on McVeagh's goal.

Sophomore Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) saved both of the shots that she faced to record her fifth solo shutout of the season and eighth of her career.

The Royals dominated statistically on the evening, holding a 26-2 advantage in shots while earning 19 penalty corners to one for the Rangers.

Scranton next visits Elizabethtown on Saturday for a Landmark Conference game starting at 1 p.m.