Shippensburg Edges Mansfield
MASNFIELD, Pa. -- The Shippensburg University field hockey team won its 11th-straight game on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 24, edging out a 2-1 victory on the road at Mansfield University. Freshman Danielle Haas (Elliottsburg, Pa./West Perry) scored the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke with less than seven minutes remaining.
With their 11 consecutive wins, the Lady Raiders (11-0, 6-0 PSAC) are now just three wins shy of tying the school record for most consecutive wins, set by the 2003 team at 14. Ironically, that was the last year that Shippensburg was ranked No. 1 in Division II.
With a No. 1 ranking in the STX/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coaches Poll on Tuesday, the Lady Raiders will set a new school record for consecutive weeks ranked No. 1.
Against Mansfield (3-8, 2-4 PSAC), the game was scoreless until the 29th minute when junior Ashley Watt (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) scored her team and conference-leading 18th goal of the season, unassisted to give Shippensburg a 1-0 lead. Watt now needs only three goals to tie the school record for goals in a season that she set a year ago with 21.
With less than three minutes remaining until halftime, the Mountaineers' Shana Markwis scored her second goal of the season off of a penalty corner to tie the game at 1-1, a score that would hold until Haas' scored the game-winner with 6:39 left in the game.
In goal for the Lady Raiders, senior Nora Luchansky (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) was credited with two saves. Shippensburg outshot Mansfield, 22-5 and held a 21-7 edge in penalty corners. Brianna DeLuca had 17 saves for the Mountaineers.
Shippensburg will face its second top-10 opponent in three games on Tuesday as the team travels to No. 6 Indiana University (Pa.). The Indians were responsible for three of the Lady Raiders six losses a year ago, including one in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) semifinals and a season-ending 2-0 defeat in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship.
-- Courtesy Shippensburg