McClatchy Named Landmark Conference Player of the Year to Highlight Seven Year-End Awards for Field Hockey

McClatchy Named Landmark Conference Player of the Year to Highlight Seven Year-End Awards for Field Hockey


Junior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year on Tuesday, highlighting seven year-end awards for The University of Scranton field hockey team which was well-represented on the league's All-Conference teams for the 2018 season.

McClatchy was joined as a First Team All-Landmark Conference selection by sophomores Megan Gallagher (Thorndale, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) and Christina Motz (Glenside, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy).

Senior Elizabeth Tolley (Brookside, N.J./West Morris Mendham), sophomore Jenna Cyr (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh), and freshman Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) were also honored as Second Team All-Landmark Conference selections.

McClatchy was named the Landmark Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Conference selection at forward after a breakout junior season in which she led the conference in goals and points while tying for the league-lead in game-winning goals.  McClatchy amassed 37 points by scoring 16 goals, including five game-winners, and dishing out five assists.  She tied for the seventh-most goals in a season in Scranton history and recorded the ninth most points in a year for the Royals.

McClatchy, who became the second Scranton player in as many years to earn Landmark Conference Player of the Year accolades, matching Meredith Campbell's feat in 2017, now has 51 points on 20 goals and 11 assists. She is tied for 22nd in career goals and is tied for 23rd all-time in points.

Gallagher was named First Team All-Landmark Conference as a midfielder, garnering All-Conference honors for the second year in a row after being a Second Team pick last fall.  The sophomore recorded 16 points by scoring five goals and dishing out six assists, the second most in the Landmark Conference.  She scored three game-winning goals on the year including the only tally in Scranton's 1-0 win over top-seeded Catholic in the Landmark Conference semifinals.

Through two seasons, Gallagher has scored nine goals and dished out 15 assists for 33 points.  She is tied for eighth all-time in Scranton history in assists while her six helpers this fall are tied for the 24th most in program history.

Motz earned All-Landmark Conference honors for the second year in a row, garnering First Team laurels as a defender after being named Second Team as a freshman. The sophomore anchored a strong Royals' defense that limited opponents to just 1.18 goals per game while recording seven shutouts. Motz registered a defensive save in a 2-0 victory over Marywood on September 18. 

Over the past two seasons, Motz has helped Scranton record 14 shutouts while opponents have scored just over one goal per game against the Royals.

Tolley captured Second Team All-Landmark Conference honors for the second year in a row as a forward. The senior was second on Scranton's scoring chart with 26 points on nine goals and a Landmark Conference-best eight assists.  She also registered two game-winning goals on the season and finished tied for the second-most assists in a season in school history.

Tolley finished her career with 68 points on 26 goals and 16 assists.  She ranks tied for sixth in Scranton history in assists, is 10th in points, and tied for 13th in goals.

Cyr collected All-Conference honors for the second time in as many years by being named Second Team All-Landmark Conference a year after garnering First Team and Rookie of the Year honors.  The sophomore goalkeeper was outstanding in net for the Royals this fall, posting an 11-4 record with a 1.05 goals against average, the fourth lowest mark in Scranton history.  She made 60 saves on the year for a .779 save percentage and earned six solo shutouts and combined for one other, tying for the eighth most in a single season in school history.

For her career, Cyr sports a 24-8 record with a 1.06 goals against average and a .786 save percentage.  She ranks second in Scranton history in goals against average and is tied for seventh in shutouts with nine. Cyr's 121 career saves also place her 11th all-time after just two seasons with the Royals.

Benadon was named Second Team All-Landmark Conference as a midfielder after a strong rookie season at Scranton. The freshman played in all 19 games on the season and made 16 starts, scoring two goals and assisting on three others for seven points. A key contributor both offensively and defensively, Benadon scored two game-winning goals and also made a defensive save in a conference victory at Goucher on September 29.

Scranton posted a 13-6 record this season and earned the #4 seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs with a 4-3 mark in league games.  The Royals upset top-seeded Catholic in the semifinal round before finishing as the Landmark Conference runner-up following a 2-0 setback at Susquehanna in the championship game.

To see the complete 2018 All-Landmark Conference field hockey award winners, click here.