|Maeve Kenny||Claire McAllister|
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The University of Scranton field hockey team (10-7) battled No. 15 Vassar for all 60 minutes, but fell short in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers (14-3) on Wednesday night at Weinberg Turf Field in Poughkeepsie.
Vassar took an early lead just a tick over three minutes into the contest as Dara Studnitzer found the back of the net off a feed from Natalie Johnston. The Royals battled throughout the remainder of the half to keep it a 1-0 game and nearly tied it with just over nine minutes to play in the second quarter as senior Brianna Witt (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) had a couple of chances to even the game including a defensive save from Ally Aquilina-Piscit with 8:52 left in the half. Scranton goalie Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) made three saves in the second quarter to keep it a one-goal game including a pair on consecutive shots from Stephanie Palma and Grace Amell.
The Brewers' Riley Pope made it a 2-0 game just 1:56 into the third quarter with a shot off a penalty corner taken by Palma. Vassar tallied their third goal of the night in the 43rd minute to extend the lead to 3-0. The Royals would not go quietly however and freshman Maeve Kenny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) recorded her first career goal with 7:07 to play as her shot deflected off of Vassar goalie Madison Maguire and into the back of the net.
Vassar held a 20-6 edge in shots and a slight 5-3 advantage in penalty corners as Witt paced the Royals with three shots on the night. McAllister made eight saves for Scranton, while Maguire and Liz Rotolo each tallied one save apiece for the Brewers.
The Royals return home to wrap up the regular season versus Juniata on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. The team's six seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony and the Royals can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Landmark Conference tournament with a win.