Field Hockey Semifinals Set for Wednesday

Field Hockey Semifinals Set for Wednesday

TOWSON, Md. – The top four teams in the Landmark Conference field hockey standings will kick off the 2013 Landmark Championship with the semifinals on Wednesday night.

In one semifinal, No. 1 Drew will host fourth-seeded Scranton. When the two teams met earlier this year, Drew came from behind to earn the 5-4 win in Scranton. The Royals took the 3-2 halftime lead, but Drew came back to lead 4-3. The game was tied at four when Drew's Sam Barcia scored the eventual game-winner in the 68th minute. The two teams were even with 13 shots and nine penalty corners apiece.

The Rangers hold the 6-3 advantage over Scranton in Landmark history and have a four-game winning streak, but the Royals have not made it easy. The two teams have met in the playoffs twice and while Drew won both games, both went to overtime including last season. Drew edged Scranton 2-1 in the semifinals a year ago to advance to the championship.

While Scranton is anxious to avenge earlier losses, Drew will be fighting to protect a 9-0 record at home. The winner will face the winner of No. 2 Catholic and No. 3 Juniata.

Of the six Landmark field hockey championships, Catholic and Juniata combine for all six. The Eagles won the first four titles, while Catholic has earned the last two. The Catholic and Juniata Landmark series  history is another evenly matched one. Catholic took the 6-5 advantage with a win last month. Catholic has won the last four match-ups, while Juniata will be looking for its first win over the Cards since the 2010 championship game. The Eagles hold a 3-1 advantage in the Landmark playoffs, but Catholic won the last contest, a 2-1 overtime win in 2011.

The last time the two teams met, Catholic won 2-1 at Juniata last month. The Cardinals took the 2-0 lead, scoring a goal in each half. The Eagles cut the lead in half with a goal in the 67th minute, but would not get another shot in the final minutes. Catholic finished with a 13-7 advantage in shots, while Juniata led 11-9 in penalty corners.

The semifinal winners will compete for the championship on Saturday, Nov. 9. The highest remaining seed will have the opportunity to host the game at a time yet to be decided.

The status of any and all live coverage during the championship will be available HERE.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for non-Landmark students and seniors. Landmark students, faculty and staff will receive free admission along with children 10 and under.