Landmark Championship Weekend Preview

Landmark Championship Weekend Preview

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 Scranton will host women’s soccer.

Field Hockey | Championship Central
Elizabethtown is brimming with confidence after entering the 2016 postseason as the top seed in the Landmark for the second consecutive year. Prior to the season, the Blue Jays were expected to make it back to the championship, but were selected second behind Catholic. E-town went unbeaten in conference play for the first time since 1991 with a 7-0 record. They dispatched Goucher, 2-1, in Wednesday's semifinal.

Susquehanna grabbed the third seed after going 5-2 in the Landmark, with regular season losses to Elizabethtown and Catholic, the top two seeds. The River Hawks exacted some revenge on the Cardinals, beating Catholic on their turf, 4-3, in overtime.

Men’s Soccer | Championship Central
Scranton, who comes into the match with a 13-3-1 and winners of five of their last six, head to Elizabethtown (13-2-1) for the second straight season for the Landmark Conference title match. Last season, Scranton rallied back from a 2-1 deficit in the second half, scoring back-to-back goals to take their first Landmark title in program history, 3-2.

The Royals earned their berth to the championship match off a thrilling 2-1 win over third-seeded Drew on Wednesday night. The game-winner in the contest was scored by senior Pat Codispoti on a free kick in the 65th minute, as Scranton kept Drew off the scoreboard over the final 45 minutes of the match to preserve the win.

Elizabethtown took down fourth-seeded Susquehanna at home in their semifinal contest on Wednesday night, 3-1, as the Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the first half and never looked back. Like Scranton, Elizabethtown comes into the match on a bit of a roll, as they've won eight of their last nine matches.

Women’s Soccer | Championship Central
Scranton reached the title game with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory against Susquehanna in a semifinal match on Tuesday night at Fitzpatrick Field. Sophomore forward Jamie Hreniuk scored on a header in the 95th on a corner kick by senior midfielder Kelly Egan.

Moravian also needed extra time to advance, knocking off Catholic, 4-3 in double OT, on Tuesday night. Senior forward Valentina Margiotiello scored in the 104th minute to win. Sophomore forward Gabby Stelzmiller had a hat trick in regulation, including the match-tying goal in the 87th minute.

In the regular season meeting between Scranton and Moravian, the Royals scored a 3-0 victory in Bethlehem, Pa. on Sept. 24. Hreniuk, junior midfielder Hannah DeMars and sophomore midfielder Brittany Uricchio each scored goals, and sophomore midfielder had a pair of assists.

Volleyball | Championship Central
For the 10th 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 eight of the last 10 Landmark Championships.

A perennial volleyball powerhouse, Juniata boasts a 62-0 conference record during the regular season, and has cruised to all nine Landmark titles thus far. In the tournament, the Eagles have only dropped a total of four sets, both at the hands of Susquehanna.

Last year, Juniata won the title 3-2 (19-25, 25-21, 26-24, 13-25, 18-16). Susquehanna was at match point in the fifth set, but the Eagles rallied together and battled back to earn their ninth Landmark title.  

The moment also recently earned the Landmark’s Top-Moment, which is part the conference’s 10th year anniversary campaign.