HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The University of Scranton field hockey team didn't get the result it wanted on Saturday, but it got a result it needed in a 2-1 loss at Juniata in the regular season finale.
The loss left the Royals (12-5, 4-3 Landmark) in a three-way tie for third with Susquehanna (9-8, 4-3) and Juniata (9-7, 4-3). The tiebreaker came down to goal differential in games against each other. Susquehanna finished at plus-1, Scranton at zero and Juniata at minus-1, which gave Susquehanna the third seed, Scranton the fourth and left Juniata in fifth.
Scranton struck early in Saturday's contest, taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by junior forward Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) in the eighth minute, her 16th of the season. But that's all the Royals would muster as they finished with six shots to Juniata's 14.
The Eagles tied the match in the 29th minute, then took the lead in the 37th and held on from there.
Scranton will be making its second straight postseason appearance and sixth in the past seven seasons when the Royals travel to Washington, D.C. to take on top-seeded Catholic in a Landmark Conference semifinal on Wednesday at 4 p.m.