SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — No. 9 Slippery Rock snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 win against Seton Hill on Friday.
The win improves The Rock to 7-8 overall and 4-4 in the PSAC-West, while Seton Hill drops to 6-9 overall and 2-6 in league play.
The seven wins is the most for any Slippery Rock team since the 1998 team finished with eight wins. The Rock is firmly in the third and final playoff position in the PSAC-West with two league games remaining against Mansfield and Indiana.
Slippery Rock got points from six different players in the win, with goals coming from Allison Shade, Kelsey Gustafson and Lindsay Brown and assists going to Gabrielle Malishchak, Rebecca Williams and Gina Smarelli.
Courtney Lee made three saves in goal and Malishchak added a defensive save in the winning effort for SRU.
Seton Hill scored late in the game when Michelle Hogan found the back of the cage off an assist from Janelle Hofer. Autumn Reid played the first 45:35 in goal and took the loss, recording two saves. Rebecca Portillo closed the game out and did not make a save.
The Rock finished the game with an 8-5 advantage in total shots and 11-6 in penalty corners. Both teams were credited with five shots on goal.
Shade opened the game’s scoring with her team-leading seventh goal of the season after she directed a shot from Malishchak off a corner.
The hosts went up 2-0 in the 19th minute when Gustafson scored her third goal of the season off an assist from Rebecca Williams. The 2-0 margin stood until halftime and Slippery Rock went into the break with a 5-3 edge in shots and a 7-2 advantage in corners.
The Rock added a third goal in the 44th minute as Brown scored off a pass from Smarelli.
Seton Hill’s only goal of the game came in the 65th minute and was too late to get the visitors back into the match.