PSAC championship game set
Roundup: Bloomsburg and Shippensburg will meet in title game
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Behind two second-half goals from sophomore Bre White, Shippensburg downed C.W. Post 4-1 in the second game of Friday afternoon’s doubleheader PSAC Semifinal games at Robb Sports Complex.
Shippensburg got on the board in just 15 minutes into the contest when junior Taylor Jones sent an entry pass toward the goal that senior Kristina Taylor tapped into the back of the cage.
Shippensburg was held scoreless for the remainder of the first half and for the first 12 minutes of the second frame before junior Emily Kohlbus, from the baseline, sent a cross in front of the cage that junior Jamie Levy redirected in for a 2-0 Shippensburg lead.
Shippensburg held C.W. Post to without a shot in the first half and finished the game out-shooting the Pioneers 25-7. The Raiders took 19 penalty corners to Post’s three.
Junior Ciarra Delost played the first 52:55 of the game before sophomore Carenna Neely finished the game by making two saves and allowing the penalty stroke goal. Senior Katie Pufnock and junior Ashley Taylor each finished with five shots.
No. 1 Bloomsburg 6, No. 6 Indiana (Pa.) 0
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Bloomsburg (18-0, 10-0 PSAC East) advanced to the championship game of the PSAC tournament after shutting out the Crimson Hawks of IUP (12-7, 7-3 PSAC West), 6-0. Brooke Simonovich led the way for the Huskies with four points on one goal and two assists.
Bloomsburg wasted little time Friday as Brooke Simonovich scored the game's opening goal just 2:12 into the contest. After a corner for the Huskies, Simonovich found a loose ball and buried the shot for a 1-0 lead.
Meghan Hollenbach got the start in goal Friday for the Huskies. The junior goalie made two saves in 60:57 of action. Back-up Megan Eppley played the remaining 9:03 of the contest and also came up with two saves.
No. 4 Merrimack 5, No. 9 American International 2
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Merrimack defeated American International 5-2 Friday evening in the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament at Martone-Mejail Field. The top-seeded Warriors improve to 17-1 on the season with their 17th consecutive victory. The fifth-seeded Yellow Jackets dropped to 13-8 on the year.
Merrimack grabbed an early 1-0 lead just 3:12 into the contest. April Daugherty knocked in a rebound in front of the cage for her 20th tally of the season.
Merrimack finished with a 27-11 gap in shots on the night. The visitors edged the Warriors 9-7 in penalty corners in the game.
Kerri Bergquist made six saves en route to her 17th victory of the year between the pipes for Merrimack. Kim Steiner stopped nine shots in goal for American International.
No. 5 UMass-Lowell 3, Stonehill 1
LOWELL, Mass. -- Sophomore Melanie Hopkins stopped four shots in the first 12 minutes and saved a penalty stroke later in the first half to backstop UMass-Lowell to a 3-1 victory against Stonehill Friday afternoon in the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament semifinal at Warrior Field.
With the victory, UMass Lowell earns its ninth conescutive trip to the NE-10 championship and will play Merrimack on Sunday.
The River Hawks improved to 16-3 overall while Stonehill slipped to 10-10. UMass-Lowell came away from an early onslaught unscathed as Stonehill outshot the River Hawks 7-1 in the first 12 minutes, four of which were saved by Hopkins.
The River Hawks found their momentum and came back with six consecutive shots, but averted disaster in the 26th minute when Hopkins thwarted a penalty stroke by sophomore Devin Ingersoll to her right and out of play.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.