|Allie Benadon||Claire McAllister|
WAYNE, N.J. – A goal by William Paterson's Michaela Meillier in the first overtime proved to be the difference in the game as The University of Scranton field hockey team (7-5) dropped a tough 1-0 contest to the Pioneers (7-5) on Wednesday night at Wightman Stadium in Wayne.
William Paterson had a penalty corner with 4:37 left in the first overtime and Meiller collected a loose ball in the circle off an initial shot from the Pioneers' Shannon Super to record the game-winning goal.
Both teams registered a strong defensive effort in the first half as the two sides combined for just three shots.
Scranton's senior goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) recorded a couple of key saves early in the third quarter as she turned away attempts from Super and Megan Hoopes. The Royals had a series of chances throughout the second half and a shot from senior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) hit the post in the 54th minute that kept the game scoreless for the time being. Sophomore Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) had a scoring opportunity late in regulation, but Pioneer goalie Tara Weniger made a save with 1:02 to play in the fourth quarter. William Paterson's defense remained strong in overtime as Scranton tallied a pair of penalty corners, but was unable to get a shot on goal.
The Royals held a slight 9-8 advantage in shots including a 9-5 edge in the second half and overtime. Benadon paced Scranton with five shots on the night, while McClatchy had a pair. The Pioneers recorded a 5-4 edge in penalty corners.
McAllister registered a pair of saves for Scranton and Weniger had one save for William Paterson.
Head coach Colleen Moyer's squad will head south to battle Moravian in Landmark Conference action on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. The Royals return home to host Drew on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.