SCRANTON, Pa. – The University of Scranton field hockey team (6-4) controlled play for a majority of the game, but dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the Albright Lions (4-7) on Wednesday night at Weiss Field in Scranton.
The Royals held an 11-3 shot advantage in the contest, but a strong effort from Lions goalie Brynne Schoppe kept the hosts off the scoreboard despite a series of chances.
Albright scored the only goal of the game just 45 seconds into the fourth quarter as Jennifer Crumling collected a loose ball near the end line and sent a pass to Bailey Lehman who found the back of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Perhaps Scranton's best chance of the night came in the final seconds of the first half as senior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had a pair of chances, but Schoppe made a save and a shot following a rebound was blocked. Just four over minutes into the third quarter, Schoppe turned away consecutive shots from McClatchy and sophomore Amelia Sharp (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) to keep the game scoreless at the time. The Royals nearly struck later in the third after a penalty corner, but a couple of scoring chances including a shot from Brianna Witt (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) were unable to find the back of the net.
McClatchy had six shots to pace Scranton, while Benadon and Witt added two shots apiece. Lehman led the Lions with two shots on the night.
Senior goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) made one save on the night for the Royals and Schoppe tallied four saves for Albright.
Scranton also earned eight penalty corners in the contest.
The Royals jump back into Landmark Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 5 when Goucher comes to town. Start time at Weiss Field is slated for 1 p.m.