No. 19 CUA falls to Scranton 1-0 in overtime

SCRANTON, Pa. – No. 19 CUA dropped its second consecutive heartbreaker on Saturday, falling to Scranton 1-0 on a penalty stroke in overtime.  Gretchen Kempf capped an intense affair with a stroke 10 minutes into overtime, to improve the Royals to 10-5 overall and 4-1 in the Landmark Conference.  The Cards fall to 9-6 overall and 4-1 in the conference.

After 70 minutes of scoreless field hockey, the teams headed for overtime, where Scranton was awarded two quick penalty corners.  The second led to a shot by Alyssa Fania, which went wide, but soon after, the Royals were awarded a penalty corner.

Jessica Pankey stepped up to try and win it for Scranton, but CUA's Megan Comunale was up for the challenge, stopping Pankey and keeping the game scoreless.

CUA's first shot of OT came at the 77:10 mark from Maura Campbell, but Scranton's Krista Mundy was there for the save.

Less than two minutes later, Colleen Harwood looked for the game-winner for the Cards, but her attempt was also saved.

At the 80:08 mark, the Royals were awarded a second stroke, and this time Kempf was able to deliver the game-winner, sending CUA to a second consecutive overtime loss.

CUA finished with a slim 16-15 advantage in shots, showing just how evenly played the game was.  The Cardinals were awarded 12 penalty corners, to 8 for Scranton, while in goal, Comunale stopped seven shots and Mundy sent back five.

After Scranton's Alyssa Whitman took the first shot of the day six minutes into the game, CUA took four of the next five shots, but was unable to get on the board.

The Cardinals then had back-to-back shots right before halftime, but Rebecca Lukaszczyk's attempt was wide, and Taylor Elliott's hit off the post.

Two early shots by Kim Hermann in the second half were both blocked, but CUA continued to attack.

The Cardinals received four penalty corners over the course of a five-minute span, and were able to generate four shots, but just couldn't put one into the cage.

CUA's final penalty corner came with two minutes to play in regulation, but the Cardinals were unable to get off a shot.

Down the other end, Scranton got off two shots in the final minutes, but the first was wide and the second blocked.   

CUA now has two regular season games remaining, including a road trip to Ursinus on Tuesday.  Start time is set for 4:30 p.m.

The Cardinals then close out their regular season on Friday, October 26 vs. conference foe Drew at home.  That game is scheduled for a 4:30 start as well.

Should CUA defeat Drew and Scranton should lose to Juniata, the Cardinals will earn the top seed in the upcoming Landmark Conference Tournament.