ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – Host Elizabethtown clinched home field advantage for the semifinal round of the upcoming Landmark Conference playoffs on Saturday by edging The University of Scranton in a shootout, 2-1, after the two teams were unable to break a 1-1 tie over 90 minutes of play.
The Blue Jays (12-2, 5-0 Landmark) converted their second and fourth attempts out of five shooters in the tiebreaker and won when the Royals (11-3, 3-2 Landmark) were denied on their final attempt. The shootout was the first for Scranton since the Royals defeated Goucher on October 22, 2016.
Scranton is now tied for third place in the Landmark Conference standings with Susquehanna with both teams sitting ahead of Juniata, which has a 2-3 league record. The Royals face both in their final two conference matches which will determine playoff berths and seeding.
Senior Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township) scored with 2:21 left in regulation on Saturday to send the game to overtime while freshman Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) was Scranton's only player to convert in the shootout.
Sophomore Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made two saves in 90 minutes of action before denying the Blue Jays on three shootout attempts.
Junior Lauren Earnshaw (Audubon, Pa./Methacton) added her second defensive save of the season and the third of her career for the Royals.
Elizabethtown took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute on a goal by Brooke Zehr and the hosts held the one-goal edge for the next 52 minutes before McVeagh scored the equalizer. McVeagh's fourth goal of the season and seventh of her career came when the senior put back a rebound to knot the game at 1-1.
20 minutes of sudden-death, seven-versus-seven overtime was not enough to produce a winner on Saturday with Elizabethtown holding a 4-2 edge in shots during extra time.
For the game, the Royals outshot the Blue Jays by a 10-7 margin while the hosts had a narrow advantage in penalty corners, 13-10.
Scranton returns home next Saturday for a Landmark Conference game against Susquehanna starting at 1 p.m. on Weiss Field.