|Amelia Sharp||Gracie McClatchy|
SCRANTON, Pa. – Sophomore Amelia Sharp (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) scored the game-winner on a penalty stroke with 2:41 left and The University of Scranton field hockey team (10-5, 5-0 Landmark) picked up a 2-1 victory over the Elizabethtown Blue Jays (5-9, 3-2 Landmark) on Saturday afternoon at Weiss Field in Scranton.
The Royals sit on top of the Landmark Conference standings with two conference games remaining.
The goal was Sharp's third of the season and came just after senior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) had hit the post with a shot off a penalty corner. Sharp beat Blue Jays goalie Madeline Kachel with a low shot to the near post.
McClatchy opened the scoring with 8:30 to play in the first quarter as a shot deflected off of Kachel and into the back of the net. The goal was McClatchy's ninth of the season which is tops on the team. Freshman Maeve Kenny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) nearly extended the lead with just over two minutes left in the opening quarter, but Kachel made the save. Scranton held a 4-2 shot advantage in the first half.
Elizabethtown had two penalty corners in the first five minutes of the third quarter and Sharp kept it a 1-0 game for the time being with a defensive save on a shot from Lauren Scheib. Senior goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) also made a save on a shot from Chloe Smith off a penalty corner. The Blue Jays tied the game with 6:41 to go in the third quarter as Smith buried a shot from the top of the circle off a penalty corner. Following Sharp's goal, a shot from Scheib was blocked in the final seconds and the Royals held on for the 2-1 victory.
The Blue Jays held a 9-6 shot advantage and McClatchy paced Scranton with two shots. McAllister made a pair of saves in net for the Royals, while Kachel tallied two saves.
The Royals will enjoy a week off before returning to the field at Susquehanna on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.