Sept. 23, 2009

Courtesy of Indiana (Pa.)

The IUP field hockey concluded one of the most difficult road swings in program history with a 1-0 loss at Shippensburg on a controversial goal by Laura Wylde with nine minutes expired in overtime.

The Crimson Hawks lost to Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg in their last three games by a combined total of four goals. Shippensburg is ranked No. 1 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, Bloomsburg is No. 2 and East Stroudsburg is ranked third. The three teams had a combined record of 25-2 entering Tuesday's action.

IUP dropped to 2-6 overall and 2-2 in the PSAC West and is two games behind division leader Shippensburg, which remained undefeated at 10-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

Shippensburg outshot IUP 11-6 and took eight penalty corners to four for the Crimson Hawks but was unable to score until Ashley Taylor took a shot that Wylde deflected in chest high for the game winner despite protests from the IUP bench that it should have been ruled a dangerous play.

The Crimson Hawks had a chance to win the game just a minute and a half earlier but a shot by Anouk Sickman was saved by Raider goalkeeper Amanda Houser, her fifth of the game. Renee Lustenhouwer made three saves for IUP and Trish Morris made a defensive save.

IUP is off until October 3 when Mercyhurst visits Miller Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest. The Crimson Hawks will be looking to avenge a 1-0 loss to the Lakers September 5 in Erie.