WASHINGTON – Drew's Brooke Gagliano scored in the fourth minute of OT to send the Rangers into the Landmark Conference championship with a dramatic 2-1 win over Scranton on Saturday in the semifinals. The Rangers fell behind the Royals 1-0 before scoring two straight, with Gagliano assisting on one, and scoring the other.
In the overtime session, Scranton's Gretchen Kemp took the first two shots during the early going, but both went wide.
Gagliano then scored off a feed from Melissa Boyd at the 73:09 mark to send the Rangers into the championship for the second straight year.
Scranton got on the board first when Jessica Conroy scored off a feed from Kempf in the seventh minute. Kempf had started the play with a penalty corner.
A shot by Drew's Danielle Waleko at the 12:50 mark was turned back by Scranton's Krista Mundy and the Royals remained in the lead.
With less than seven minutes to play in the half, Scranton got off back-to-back shots, but Christiana Carlini sent back both, to keep the Rangers within striking distance.
Just before halftime, Drew pulled even when Gagliano ripped a shot following a penalty corner, and Boyd redirected it into the back of the cage to make it 1-1 at the break.
Early in the second half, Scranton looked to go in front with consecutive shots, but the first went wide and the second was blocked, keeping the score 1-1.
With less than 15 minutes to play in regulation, Scranton was awarded four straight penalty corners, but was only able to get off one shot, which Bea Cannavale made a defensive save on.
As time ticked away in regulation, Scranton was awarded one final penalty corner, but the Rangers defense was up for the challenge, holding the Royals without a shot to send the game into OT.
Both teams finished with 10 shots on the day, while Scranton held a 10-9 lead in penalty corners.
Mundy finished with eight saves for the Royals, while Carlini turned back two shots for Drew.
Drew now moves into the championship game on Sunday at 1 p.m. where the Rangers will meet the winner of CUA and Susquehanna in Washington.