SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Susquehanna won its first-ever Landmark Conference field hockey championship on Saturday, defeating The University of Scranton 2-0 behind a pair of first half goals from Hunter Pitman.
The third-seeded River Hawks, who avenged a 3-2 loss at Scranton during the regular season, improve to 11-8 on the season and claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Royals, who were the fourth seed in the postseason tournament, see their season come to a close with a 13-6 record.
Pitman opened the scoring 14:52 into Saturday's contest, finding the back of the cage with Ciara Middleton assisting on the tally.
Pitman doubled the River Hawks' advantage in the 27th minute netting her second goal of the day off an AJ Smith assist.
Trailing by two goals in the second half, Scranton attempted to climb back into the contest and outshot Susquehanna by a 5-2 margin in the final 35 minutes of regulation, but were unable to break to solve the River Hawks defense.
Smith recorded a defensive save in the 50th minute to maintain the host's two-goal cushion while the Royals were unable to convert on a penalty stroke with seven minutes remaining.
Scranton finished the game with an 8-5 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge in penalty corners, but Susquehanna goalkeeper Emily DiGaetano made four saves to post the shutout win.
Scranton sophomore Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) made three stops on the afternoon for the Royals.
Junior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) attempted a game-high five shots for Scranton and placed three shots on goal.
Saturday's game marked the final contest in a Scranton uniform for seniors Julie Burrill (New City, N.Y./Clarkstown South), Erin Dolphin (Orangeburg, N.Y./Pearl River), Katherine McVeagh (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield Township), Cyan Scarduzio (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining), and Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham) who led the Royals to 46 victories and three Landmark Conference playoff appearances of the past four seasons.