Top 10 Roundup
No. 1 Shippensburg holds off Slippery Rock rally
No. 1 Shippensburg 4, Slippery Rock 2
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Shippensburg scored two goals in a six minute span in the second half on Wednesday afternoon to break a tie and halt a sudden Slippery Rock rally in a 4-2 victory.
Junior Tori Ricker scored twice for the Raiders (15-0, 8-0 PSAC), that held a 20-6 advantage in shots.
Ricker scored her first of the game just 12 minutes in and senior Lauren Taylor scored off an assist from junior Lucy Kauffman just three minutes into the second half for a 2-0 Raider lead.
The Rock (6-10, 2-6) had a furious rally just 15 minutes later, however, when it scored twice in a 2:26 span to knot the game at two goals apiece with 15 minutes left.
Senior Megan Jett scored the go-ahead goal off an assist from senior Katie Shoop on a breakaway less than two minutes after Slippery Rock's equalizer.
Ricker then netted her second goal of the game and third of the season with just seven minutes left.
No. 2 Millersville 3, No. 8 East Stroudsburg 1
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Millersville field hockey scored three goals in the second half to cruise past East Stroudsburg Wednesday afternoon.
Millersville (14-1, 6-1 PSAC) notched its fifth consecutive win on goals from Lauren Gerhart, Champayne Hess and Olivia Hershey. Hess scored her fifth goal in the last three games, and it was the game-winner.
The Marauders, perhaps still recovering from a long weekend trip, were kept off of the scoreboard and managed just three shots in the first half. A penalty corner 11 minutes into the second period provided the Marauders with their first score. Mary Atkins entered the ball to Brittany Troutman, who quickly fed Lauren Gerhart for her sixth goal of the season.
Hess was helped by Rachel Dickinson just two minutes later to increase the Marauder lead to 2-0. The flurry of offense continued eight minutes later when Margaret Thorwart assisted Hershey.
Lauren Sotzin kept East Stroudsburg scoreless until Ally Roth tallied her 18th goal of the season in the 61st minute. The Warriors made a valiant effort in the final 10 minutes, but Sotzin saved three of Roth's shots and one more from Hosford to keep the lead intact.
No. 3 Stonehill 6, Franklin Pierce 1
RINDGE, N.H. -- Stonehill, ranked third in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, remained unbeaten with a 6-1 victory against Franklin Pierce in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Sodexo Field tonight.
Sophomore Erika Kelly scored two goals for Stonehill to match the Northeast-10 Conference single-season record of 30 set by Jen Bunce from Bentley in 1998 and matched by her sister Allyson Bunce with Bentley in 2000 as well as Sammy Macy and Katie Enaire from the Massachusetts-Lowell in 2010. Kelly's 30 goals this fall are a program record and leads NCAA Division II, while her program-record and Division II-leading 61 points are tied with Allyson Bunce for eighth in NE-10 history. Kelly now sets her sights on the NCAA Division II record of 40 goals score by Jamie Vanartsdalen of Bloomsburg.
No. 5 West Chester 4, Kutztown 0
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Stef Pirri scored twice and added an assist to lead West Chester to a 4-0 victory against Kutztown in PSAC action.
The Golden Rams (10-4, 5-2 PSAC) have picked up consecutive shutouts after not registering a shutout in its first dozen games. Kutztown (5-8, 2-5 PSAC) kept West Chester off the board in the second half.
No. 6 Bloomsburg 3, Seton Hill 1
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Bloomsburg defeated Seton Hill 3-1 Wednesday in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) game. Stephanie Halsted and Laura Gerhard scored their first career goals, while Jaclyn Beasley scored her first goal of the season in the victory.
Seton Hill (4-10, 1-6 PSAC) scored the first goal of the game 12 minutes into the contest to go up 1-0 against the Huskies. Bloomsburg scored the next three goals to clinch the win.
At the 23 minute mark Eleanor Kirby passed to Stephanie Halsted who found the back of the cage to tie the score 1-1. This was Halsted's first career goal for the Huskies.
In the second half Jaclyn Beasleyscored her first goal of the season seven minutes into the second half with an assist from Brittany Mathews to go up 2-1 on the Griffons.
Laura Gerhard also scored her first career goal in the game when Angie DeBellis passed to her in front to push Bloomsburg up 3-1.
No. 9 Merrimack 4, St. Michael's 0
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Led by a career day from freshman Nicole Bradley and another dominant display from the defense, No. 9 Merrimack cruised to a 4-0 Northeast-10 Conference shutout victory in the team's regular-season home finale on Wednesday.
After senior Candace Waldie scored the game's opening goal in the eighth minute, it was all Bradley from there on out, as the rookie forward, who brought in just one career assist heading into the day, exploded for a seven-point, three-goal performance to lead the way offensively.
It didn't take Bradley very long to add to the lead in the second frame; in the 45th minute, fellow freshman Maura Doyle sent a shot diagonally across from left to right in the circle, and at the other end was Bradley, who dove and poked it in her for second of the game.
Not even five minutes later, Bradley rounded out the day by deflecting in a strong drive from sophomore Katrina Squeri, making it a four-goal lead that would stand the rest of the way.
Saint Anselm 3, No. 10 Bentley 1
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Senior Elizabeth Sears assisted on a pair of Saint Anselm goals in the first 12:01 and the Hawks went on to upset visiting Bentley 3-1 in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action Wednesday night.
Bentley went into the contest ranked tenth nationally, but came out with records of 9-6 overall and 3-4 NE-10. Saint Anselm, which outshot the Falcons 18-8, improved to 5-8 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Junior Bridget Davisgave the Hawks a 1-0 lead 7:45 into the game, netting her second of the year off a penalty corner. Barely four minutes late, sophomore Meagan Halligan tallied her first and it was a 2-0 game.
Bentley junior Gina Lirange cut the deficit in half at 15:14 of the first, with her tenth of the season assists by sophomore Meghan Talerman.
It remained a 2-1 game until the midpoint of the second half when sophomore Nicole Rugan scored her first of the season to restore the differential to two.