TOWSON, Md. – On Saturday, four more champions will be crowned after being the last on standing against competition this fall.
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Catholic University of America field hockey team registered a shutout in its 2017 Landmark Conference Semifinal matchup against Elizabethtown, 3-0, on Wednesday night. The No. 11 nationally-ranked Cardinals will now host the Landmark Championship on Saturday at 2 p.m., versus Juniata.
The Cards have now advanced to their seventh Landmark Championship game in the past eight seasons.
Catholic is led by Rachel Day with 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. Katie Anderson has tallied 10 goals and three assists for 23 points.
The Juniata field hockey team defeated Scranton, 2-1, in overtime in the Landmark semifinals on Wednesday evening. Katie Alexander and Rebecca Waite each tallied one goal for the Eagles, while Grace Kuszmaul totaled one assist during the game.
The Cardinals and Eagles have played each other in five of the 11 championship games, with the last time coming in 2014. Juniata holds a 4-0 advantage over Catholic. Juniata will be seeking its sixth Landmark title, first since 2014 while the Cardinals will look to win its fifth title and first since 2015.
Katie Alexander leads the Eagles with 13 goals and five assists for 31 points. Catherine Lanigan has tallied eight goals while Grace Alexander has five goals and four assists.
Top-seeded Drew will be seeking its second Landmark title when it hosts second-seeded Elizabethtown Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins next week.
Drew (18-0-1) secured a 4-0 victory over fourth-seeded Susquehanna (6-10-2) Tuesday night at Ranger Stadium. It was Drew's first home playoff game in six years, and the Rangers made sure that there would be another on Saturday. Drew scored twice in each half to snap its seven-game losing streak in Landmark semifinals (the Rangers tied with Merchant Marine in 2014, but lost on penalty kicks).
The Rangers are led by Aidan Cserhat with 18 goals and five assists for 41 points. Andy Imoh has tallied 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points this season.
Ninety minutes of regulation wasn't enough to decide the outcome of the Elizabethtown and Catholic semifinal game. Neither were two 10-minute golden goal overtime periods. The Blue Jays buried three penalty kicks, however, and goalkeeper Brian Gately came up with three massive saves to send E-town to the Landmark Conference championship game, 3-2 in PKs, after a 0-0 draw against Catholic in Tuesday night's semifinal at Ira R. Herr Field. Elizabethtown will be making its third consecutive trip to the championship contest as it seeks its first Landmark title.
Tuesday night marked the first time E-town advanced in the postseason on penalty kicks since the 2013 MAC Commonwealth semifinal against Alvernia.
Elizabethtown is led by Gilbert Waso with 11 goals and three assists for 25 points. JD Haaf has tallied four goals and a team-leading four assists for 12 points this season.
Top-seeded Scranton (13-3-2) will be seeking its second straight and sixth Landmark crown and 28th conference title overall when it hosts the fourth-seeded River Hawks (14-3-2) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins next week.
The Royals reached the title game with a 3-0 victory over fourth-seeded Elizabethtown on Wednesday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field. Junior Erica Licari started the scoring in the 16th minute and senior Kelly Pompey and freshman Corinne McDonald added second-half goals.
Hreniuk leads the Royals with 11 goals and one assist for 22 points. Licari has tallied six goals and four assists for 16 points, while Pompey has six goals. Berry has played all but 4:40 in goal this season, posting those 11 shutouts and a 0.69 goals-against average with a .870 save percentage.
Susquehanna advanced to the championship in thrilling fashion, tying third-seeded Catholic, 0-0, through two overtimes, then advancing on penalty kicks, 4-2. The River Hawks trailed, 2-1, after two rounds, but converted their final three tries while Catholic was unsuccessful on all three.
Susquehanna, which is seeking its first Landmark Conference crown, is led by senior forward Alyssa Bolger, who has 10 goals and one assist for 21 points. Junior forward Emily Sullivan adds six goals and four assist for 16 points, and the senior goalkeeping duo of Julia Tolin and Jennifer Thorsheim has combined for 11 shutouts and a 0.55 goals-against average.
Admission to the championship match is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty and staff with their school ID. Gates open at noon.
The Eagles, who have won all 10 Landmark Conference volleyball titles since the conference was formed, swept Moravian on Wednesday night in their semifinals match in three sets. In the win, junior Marybeth Weihbrecht tallied 13 kills and a block assist, while senior Megan Moroney recorded her 1,000th career kill, finishing with 11 on the evening.
On Saturday night, Scranton will look to hand Juniata their second conference defeat in a week, as the Royals knocked off the Eagles last Saturday in their regular-season finale, 3-2. The loss for Juniata was their first since joining the Landmark Conference in both regular and postseason play (85 matches). It was also the Eagles' first loss in conference play overall since 1981.
The second-seeded Royals, now an all-time program best 35-4 on the year, will look to win their first Landmark Conference title ever in volleyball on Saturday night, as Scranton will play for the crown for the second time since the conference was formed. Scranton will also look to win its first conference title of any kind since 2005, as that season they captured the MAC Freedom title with a 3-1 win over Lycoming. The Royals advanced to the Landmark title match with a thrilling 3-2 win over Susquehanna on Wednesday night.
For fans making the trip to Huntingdon, that admission will be charged at the door: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors (62 and older) and non-Landmark Conference students. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free of charge, as are all Landmark Conference students, faculty, and staff with their school ID. Doors will open at 6 p.m.