Late Game Heroics Pushes Scranton Past Moravian
By Bryson Eldridge - Co-Managing Editor
Sophomore Reagan Dolan’s diving goal in overtime pushes the Royals past conference for Moravian Greyhounds 2-1.
After being tied at one after 60 minutes of action, the Royals and the Greyhounds entered an overtime period with second place in the conference on the line.
After a crucial steal by defender Lauren Franco, midfielder Bridget Abradles advanced the ball past midfield and into the attacking end. Abradles passed the ball to leading scorer Katie Redding who put a shot on goal but was blocked by Moravian goalie Jenna Seagrave.
The ball bounced back towards Dolan and with a diving effort Dolan knocked the ball past the diving reach of Seagrave. The Quinn Athletics Campus erupted with cheers as the Royals crowded Dolan with congratulatory hugs.
This is the second game winner for Dolan this year, first one coming against Arcadia. With her experience Dolan knew what she had to do to pull out the game for the Royals.
“Every time we go into overtime, I always tell myself we have to get possession and draw a corner or score. I had the same mindset, as any other part of the game – play smart and beat them to the ball,” Dolan said.
The Royals found the back of the net first with a Dolan goal with just under 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The Royals carried the momentum into the half behind saves from goalie Clare Maguire.
The Royals defense held strong until a loose ball goal from Moravian in the fourth quarter evened it out at 1-1. The Royals had a few chances to score at the end of regulation but could not convert sending the game into overtime for the eventual game winner.
This win ends a two-game home losing streak for the Royals after not losing at home since 2019. The Royals knew how important this game was for momentum heading into future games.
“Getting a win certainly feels good. We just wanted to first play well and get back to fundamentals and give great effort. We made a few adjustments to our game plan, and we were deliberate at practice which is essential to winning. Winning as a team on Wednesday and then again on Saturday was an awesome feeling,” Dolan said.
The Royals head into a tough final stretch of their schedule with first place in the conference on the line as well as regional seeding. The Royals matchup with Susquehanna on Saturday for first place in the Landmark Conference, then have a tough road matchup against Vassar College who the Royals outlasted 1-0 last season.
“We are looking to build on this recent momentum from our last two victories against Drew and Moravian and continue to get better in every facet of the game. We have three very important games left and if we continue working on the fundamentals and giving great effort both at practice and in games, we will certainly be good,” Dolan said.
Prior to the game, the field hockey team honored four seniors, Marissa Campbell, Breanne Dolphin, Maeve Kenny and Clare Maguire for their contributions to the program over the last four seasons.
The Royals advance to 8-3 and are back in action against Goucher on the road Tuesday night.