Notebook: Top Two Teams Face-Off
WITH AUTHORITY: Top-ranked Shippensburg University continued to roll as the Lady Raiders convincingly defeated Bloomsburg, 6-2, on Sept. 21, in a match-up of the nation's top two teams.
The win ended Bloomsburg's 18-game winning streak, and string of 30 road game victories. The Huskies are the three-time defending NCAA champions.
Junior Ashley Watt of Harleysville, Pa., scored two goals and contributed one assist as she improved her NCAA-leading totals to 17 goals and 42 points.
The Lady Raiders are undefeated with a 10-0 record this season, and stand on top of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference with a 5-0 mark. Shippensburg has outscored opponents 58-9 this year.
SCORING STREAK: Junior forward Mary Rogers once again had the hot stick with three goals and an assist in No. 4 Bentley's 5-0 win against American International College on Sept. 19.
Rogers, the reigning Northeast-10 Player of the Week, leads the league with 13 goals and has posted 30 points this season. She has scored nine goals, including a career-high five goals against Assumption on Sept. 16, and has recorded 21 points in her last three games.
Junior Lindsey Harrington netted her sixth goal of the season, and assisted on each of Rogers' three goals against AIC. Harrington is second on the team with 16 points.
Bentley has won three straight games, and 24 of its last 25 regular season games.
ON A ROLL: Catawba College notched its second consecutive shutout with a 6-0 win over Randolph Macon Women's College on Sept. 20 after losing four of its first six games.
With the victory, Catawba now boasts a 4-4 record which is the program's most wins since recording a 4-11 mark in 2000.
Freshman Susan Hearn and sophomore Krista Hein each registered hat tricks against RMWC, and Hein also earned an assist. Hearn has scored in each of the team's last seven games, and leads the squad with 10 goals and 20 points.
GOLDEN: Goalkeeper Trista Hershey continued her stellar defensive play as No. 3 Kutztown bounced back from a loss to top-ranked Shippensburg with a 2-1 win against No. 9 East Stroudsburg on Sept. 21.
Hershey made nine saves while holding ESU to one goal as the Golden Bears improved to 8-2 on the season. The senior from Fredericksburg, Pa., entered the week as the nation's top goalie in save percentage and ranked second in goals against average. She currently boasts a .918 save percentage and 0.84 GAA.
Senior Amanda Behney scored the game-winning goal off a penalty stroke in the second half for Kutztown.
The Golden Bears' only two losses of the year are to fellow PSAC members Shippensburg and Bloomsburg, ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the STX/National Field Hockey Association Division II Coaches Poll.
NOTABLE: Kandice Pyles scored three goals in the second half as No. 6 Indiana (Pa.) posted a 7-1 victory over Mansfield on Sept. 21. IUP netted seven unanswered goals after falling behind 1-0 early in the first half ¦ Southern Connecticut State cracked the STX/NFHCA poll at No. 10 with the help of five straight wins after beginning the season 0-3. The Owls recorded back-to-back 6-0 shutouts against Merrimack and Franklin Pierce last week.