TOWSON, Md. – On Saturday, four more champions will be crowned, after being the last one standings against the competition this fall. Elizabethtown is hosting men’s soccer and field hockey, while Juniata will host volleyball, and Catholic will host women’s soccer.
Women’s Soccer: Championship Saturday kicks off with women’s soccer at 1 p.m. Top-seeded Catholic will host No. 2 Scranton in Washington, D.C. This is the second time the two teams have met in the Landmark tournament. In 2011, the Royals earned a 2-0 victory. Last year, top-seeded Catholic defeated No. 3 Scranton 1-0.
The Cardinals are back in the title game for the second straight year, and fourth since 2007, after eliminating No. 4 Moravian 3-0. The Cardinals are 2-2 in the Landmark Championship game with two titles. Scranton has made an appearance in the Landmark tournament every year since joining in 2007, and has made six trips to the title game, capturing four trophies. The Royals defeated No. 3 Elizabethtown on Wednesday with a 1-0 double overtime victory.
Field Hockey: All season long, it has been a tight race in Landmark field hockey action. Elizabethtown, Juniata, and Catholic all battled for the top spot in the standings, with the Blue Jays earning the No. 1 seed. Elizabethtown boasted an 11-6 record this season, including a 6-1 mark in the conference. Coming down to the final game of the season, Juniata squeaked by Catholic 2-1 in overtime to earn the No. 2 seed. Scranton rounded out the field as the No. 4 seed.
Earlier this season, Elizabethtown edged Catholic 3-2. The Cards took an a 1-0 lead 28 minutes into the first half as Hayley Wright deflected one in from
Rachel Day, giving CUA the lead at the break. Catholic extended its advantage four minutes into the second as Day put one past the Elizabethtown keeper after a shot by Molly Crowley rebounded to her. The lead did not last long however as the Blue Jays scored twice in three minutes as multiple saves by Cardinal goalkeeper Analisa Scott led to second chances that Elizabethtown was able to take advantage of. The Blue Jays were able to strike first in OT, scoring off a penalty corner 4:49 into the extra period. This will be the first championship game for the Blue Jays and seventh for Catholic. The Cardinals will be looking for their fourth title after narrowly missing out last year with a 1-0 loss in double overtime.
Men's Soccer: Once field hockey concludes, the No. 1 Elizabethtown men’s soccer team will host No. 2 Scranton at 6 p.m. Scranton hosted No. 3 Susquehanna on Tuesday, where the Royals won 2-0. The sophomore duo of A.J. Nardone and Connor Casey each scored goals in the second half to help preserve the win, and send the Royals to their fourth championship match in nine years.
In the second semifinal match, undefeated, and top-seeded Elizabethtown knocked off No. 4 Catholic 4-1. Jeff Light's natural hat trick and Steve Eneme's fourth goal pushed Elizabethtown men's soccer into its first Landmark Conference championship game on Wednesday evening. E-town has exploded for nine goals in two matchups with the Cardinals this fall, both of which came on the Blue Jays' home field. The hosts sprung for a hat trick in each game, Eneme providing one during the regular season on Sept. 19 and Light building upon a stellar junior season with the second of his career Wednesday.
Elizabethtown extended its winning streak to 11 games and will try to win its first conference championship since the 2006 Commonwealth Conference title Saturday at 6 p.m. against Scranton. The Blue Jays have been to three conference championship games since the '06 title, most recently in 2013. Wednesday's victory was E-town's first in the postseason as a member of the Landmark.
Volleyball: For the ninth straight year, Juniata will host the Landmark Volleyball Championship at 7 p.m. The top-seeded Eagles will take on second-seeded Susquehanna. The two teams have battled for the title seven of the last nine Landmark Championships. A perennial volleyball powerhouse, Juniata boasts a 55-0 conference record during the regular season, and has cruised to all eight Landmark titles thus far. In the tournament, the Eagles have only dropped a total of two sets, both at the hands of Susquehanna.
Last year, Juniata won the 2014 title 3-0 (25-22. 26-24, 27-25). Nakita Gearhart paced the Eagles with 13 kills while Megan Moroney added 12. Kelly Reynolds guided the offense with 32 assists and Brittani Young anchored the defense with 16 digs.
The Eagles hosted Susquehanna earlier this season and Juniata earned another 3-0 win.