Field Hockey Set to Battle MIT in NCAA First Round Game on Wednesday

The University of Scranton field hockey team will host MIT in an NCAA First Round Game on Wednesday afternoon at Weiss Field at 3 p.m. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com
The University of Scranton field hockey team will host MIT in an NCAA First Round Game on Wednesday afternoon at Weiss Field at 3 p.m. © Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty / doubleeaglephotography.com

The University of Scranton field hockey team (13-7) will host MIT (13-4) in a first round NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday afternoon at Weiss Field at 3 p.m.

The winner of Wednesday's game will advance to play SUNY Geneseo on Saturday, Nov. 16 at TCNJ in Ewing, N.J.

Admission to Wednesday's match as well as this weekend's matches is $5 for adults, $3 for students with IDs and $3 for seniors (62 and older).

It will be the first ever meeting between the Royals and the Engineers.

Scranton won the regular season title and captured the program's first Landmark Conference championship with a 4-1 victory over Susquehanna in the conference title game on Saturday. Senior Gracie McClatchy (Havertown, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) tallied a pair of goals for the Royals, while sophomore Allie Benadon (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) added a goal and two assists in the game. Both players were named to the All-Landmark Conference First Team on Tuesday and McClatchy earned Landmark Conference Tournament MVP honors after scoring three goals in two postseason games thus far.

Joining the afore-mentioned duo on the All-Conference teams were junior Christina Motz (Glenside, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) as a first team defender, sophomore Amelia Sharp (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury) as a second team midfielder and senior Claire McAllister (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth-Whitemarsh) as a second team goalie. Head coach Colleen Moyer was also named Landmark Conference Coach of the Year for the first time in her career.

This marks the first tournament berth for the Royals since 1997 and the second in program history. Scranton dropped a 1-0 decision to TCNJ in the first round of the 1997 tournament.

McClatchy leads the team with 13 goals and has also added five assists on the year, while Benadon has tallied 20 points on seven goals and six assists. Senior Brianna Witt (Sloatsburg, N.Y./Suffern) has added six goals and five assists on the season and classmate Nicolette Keale (Wall Township, N.J./Wall) has five goals.

MIT is in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons after rallying to upset No. 15 Babson 3-2 in overtime on Saturday to win the NEWMAC Championship. Devon Goetz tied the game for the Engineers on a penalty stroke with 7:02 left in regulation and scored the game-winner just 35 seconds into the first overtime. Junior goalie Grace Moore made 11 saves in the contest for head coach Cheryl Silva's squad.

Goetz received NEWMAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades.

In the Engineers' last tournament appearance in 2017, they received a first round bye before dropping a 2-1 decision to Centre College in the second round.

Freshman Paige Forester leads the team and ranks third in the NEWMAC with 20 goals, while junior Amanda Garofalo has tallied 14 goals on the season. Goetz has 10 goals to go along with a team and conference-leading 11 assists.

To view the full 2019 NCAA Division III field hockey bracket, click here.

For live video of Wednesday's game, click here and follow this link for live stats.

--ROYALS--