Championship Sunday Previews

Championship Sunday Previews

TOWSON, Md. – By the end of the day, three teams will be crowned Landmark Conference Champions. The field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s soccer championships will take place Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

The top two seeds held in field hockey with No. 1 Catholic and No. 2 Drew scheduled to face off in a rematch of last year’s title game. Catholic advanced to their fifth championship game by earning a 3-0 victory over No. 4 Susquehanna. The Cardinals took the 2-0 lead at halftime with goals from Maura Campbell and Colleen Harwood. Hayley Wright added an insurance goal in the 45th minute.

Drew came from behind after No. 3 Scranton scored first in the 7th minute. Drew’s Brooke Gagliano tied the game on a penalty corner just before halftime, but neither team could break the tie during the second half. In the fourth minute of overtime, Gagliano took advantage of another penalty corner to score the game-winning goal and lift the Rangers to their second championship game.

The last time the two teams met, Catholic wrapped up the regular season with a 4-2 win over Drew. The Cardinals took a 3-0 halftime lead and looked to be in control, when the Rangers stormed back with two goals in 12 minutes to cut the lead to one with just under seven minutes remaining. It was Catholic with the next opportunity and the Cardinals added a goal to secure the 4-2 win.

The men’s soccer championship game will feature No. 1 Susquehanna and No. 3 Scranton. Neither team was in the championship last year nor was Scranton even in the tournament a year ago. The Royals avenged a regular season loss to Catholic with a 2-1 win in the semifinals Saturday. Kevin Kozic scored both goals for Scranton to vault the Royals into their first championship game since 2009.

Susquehanna out shot No. 4 Drew 10-4, but it was not until the 79th minute when Ryan Donlevie scored the eventual game-winner and the game’s only goal. The Rangers had two more shot opportunities after Susquehanna went ahead, including a header in the final minute but Susquehanna’s Matt Salsman made the save to preserve the shutout. The Crusaders return to their first Landmark championship game since 2008 when they won the title over Catholic. They hope to become the first No. 1 seed to win the trophy.

When Susquehanna and Scranton last met, it was Scranton who earned the 1-0 victory. The Royals scored in the 20th minute of action when Patrick Daley chipped the ball over Salsman and Kevin Kozic finished giving Scranton the 1-0 advantage.

The women’s soccer tournament championship features No. 1 Scranton and No. 2 Moravian. The number one seed has won the first five championships in Landmark history and Moravian will surely be anxious to change the trend. The top-seeded Royals advanced to the title game with a 1-0 win over No. 4 Catholic. Scranton dominated the shot count, but it was not until the 86th minute when Scranton went ahead with a goal from Katie Hennigan for the game-winner. The Royals are looking for their fourth Landmark Championship and third straight Sunday.

Moravian battled for 110 scoreless minutes with No. 3 Drew. The Rangers held a slim 13-11 advantage in shots, but with neither team able to score the game went to penalty kicks. Both teams were tied at three through the first three rounds before Moravian went ahead 4-3. The Greyhounds’ goalkeeper Tori Korona missed what would have been the game-winning penalty kick in the fifth round, but came back to save the tying penalty kick to ensure the Moravian win. Moravian advances to their first championship since 2008 when they won the title over Catholic.

The last time Scranton and Moravian played, Scranton’s Erin Casey scored 67 seconds into overtime off of a corner kick to give Scranton the 1-0 win. The Royals have won the last five meetings with the teams finishing with a 1-1 draw in 2009.

All three tournament championships will feature live stats and video. Fans who cannot make the trip can track the games online through tournament central.