|Claire McAllister||Sheila Newby||Gracie McClatchy|
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Senior goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh made five saves and The University of Scranton field hockey team (3-2) notched their third straight win with a 2-0 shutout of King's (0-4) on Thursday night at McCarthy Stadium in Wilkes-Barre.
The shutout is McAllister's first of the season and the third of her career for the Royals.
Head coach Colleen Moyer is now one win shy of tying the all-time program record of 153 wins that is held by Beth Howlett.
King's had some chances in the early going with four shots in the first five minutes of the game, but McAllister made consecutive saves after a penalty corner and kept the game scoreless for the time being. In the final minute of the first quarter, sophomore Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) found junior Sheila Newby (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) in the circle and Newby found the back of the net to put Scranton on the board. The goal is the first of Newby's career.
Shortly after a Monarch penalty corner at the other end, senior Brianna Witt (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) sent a pass to the front of the net and classmate Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) finished the chance with her second goal of the season to make it a 2-0 game in favor of the Royals with 2:17 left in the second. King's held a 7-3 shot advantage in the first half.
The Royals defense held strong for the remainder of the contest en route to the team's second shutout of the season after a 3-0 victory at Elmira on Saturday. Scranton nearly extended the lead in the fourth quarter, but King's goalie Brianne Maluda made three saves in an 11 second span.
Scranton held a slight 8-7 shot advantage in the game and earned six penalty corners. McAllister had five saves in net, while Maluda tallied three saves for the Monarchs. McClatchy paced the visitors with four shots and senior Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) had a pair.
The Royals return home to host Arcadia in a non-conference matchup on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Weiss Field at 1 p.m.