|Nicolette Keale||Gracie McClatchy||Shaelin de Wit|
SCRANTON, Pa. – Senior Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) scored the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left and head coach Colleen Moyer tied the program record for coaching wins as The University of Scranton field hockey team (4-2) topped Arcadia (1-5) in a 4-3 thriller on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field.
This marks the 153rd victory of Moyer's career which ties her with Beth Howlett (1980-90, 1994-97) for the most all-time in program history.
Senior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) brought the ball up the right side in the waning seconds of regulation and sent a pass to Keale on the far side of the goal who scored her first goal of the season to give the Royals the lead.
Scranton has won four straight for the first time since recording seven straight victories to open the 2018 season.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first half and the Royals had a flurry of chances in the later stages of the second quarter, but a defensive save from Arcadia's Sydney Cyr in the final minute kept a shot from sophomore Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) out of the net.
McClatchy opened the scoring at the 11:44 mark of the third quarter as she collected a loose ball in front and slid a shot past Knights goalie Ashton Evans. Less than two minutes later, Arcadia had a chance to tie it but senior defender Caroline Mullen (Chester Springs, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) registered a defensive save to keep it a 1-0 game for the time being. There was a scrum in front of the goal with just under six minutes left in the period and sophomore Shaelin de Wit (New Tripoli, Pa./Northwestern Lehigh) found the back of the net with her second goal of the year to give Scranton a 2-0 edge, but the Knights answered on a goal from Lauren Dougherty just over two minutes later to make it a 2-1 game.
Benadon made a nifty move around a defender following a penalty corner and rifled a shot past Evans to extend the Royals lead to 3-1 with 9:59 to play. The goal was Benadon's third of the season. Arcadia would not go quietly however as Cyr scored twice in a span of 1:12 and her shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner taken by Michaela Ferlow tied the game at three apiece with 4:54 left in regulation. Ferlow took two more penalty corners with under two minutes left in the quarter, but Royals goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) made consecutive saves and set the stage for Keale's heroics.
Scranton held a 19-14 edge in shots, while Arcadia had a 14-10 advantage in penalty corners. Senior Brianna Witt (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) paced the Royals with six shots and McClatchy tallied five.
McAllister made a career-high nine saves in the contest for Scranton, while Evans recorded seven saves for Arcadia.
The Royals head across town to battle Marywood on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.