The King’s field hockey team finds itself in an eerily similar situation today.
The Lady Monarchs are the top seed in the Freedom Conference tournament and have everything going their way as they prepare to host the conference title game, with a trip to the NCAA Division III tournament on the line.
This time, it’s No. 2-seeded Scranton coming to town for a 1 p.m. showdown at Betzler Fields.
Like last year at this time, King’s had just finished up the best regular season in program history, breaking multiple records along the way.
Only last year, things didn’t go as planned, with Manhattanville spoiling the Monarchs’ high hopes with a 2-1 double-overtime upset.
Oddly enough, that same result has now happened twice in the past three seasons. In 2003, it was a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Drew.
This time, though, the Monarchs are hopeful that last season’s experience will carry them to their first NCAA berth.
Leading the way on offense is senior Lindsay Sabo, along with junior Debbie Wychock (Coughlin). King’s has a solid supporting cast at all positions and also have first-team all-conference goalie Kari Leach on its side.
Scranton’s last and only Freedom Conference championship came in 1997. The team is coached by a pair of Lake-Lehman graduates in Colleen Mahon and Ellen Young.