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Shippensburg needs win for top spot after win vs. West Chester
A win this weekend will most likely cement Shippensburg's spot atop the rankings, but a loss opens up some intrigue. West Chester and Millersville would also be in contention if the Raiders were to lose this weekend.
A key matchup comes on Sunday, when No. 1 West Chester plays No. 6 Indiana (Pa.) with the winner avoiding consecutive losses.
No. 1 West Chester
The Golden Rams reign at the top spot looks like it will end after losing to No. 2 Shippensburg and will look to avoid further damage to their ranking when it travels to No. 6 Indiana (Pa.) on Sunday. That game will be a rematch of a NCAA tournament first-round game from last year in which the Golden Rams won on their way to the national title.
Kelsi Lykens has a team-high four goals and Sarah Krause has made 13 saves (nine goals given up) in 210 minutes of action.
No. 2 Shippensburg
When the new polls come out next week, the Raiders will occupy the top spot as long as it can get past a road game at Mansfield. It was Shippensburg who took down No. 1 West Chester on Tuesday, so it must avoid a letdown against the Mountaineers, 2-1.
Bre White has been Shippensburg’s main source of offense with four goals and four assists (both team highs) for 12 points, twice as many as the second leading scorer. Carenna Neely has started all three games in goal, and has turned away five of the seven shots she’s faced this year.
No. 3 Bloomsburg
The Huskies look for their first win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Bellarmine before playing Lindenwood on Sunday. After entering the season at No. 3, the start of the season hasn’t gone as Bloomsburg hoped. It started with a season-opening loss in overtime to Stonehill before being beaten by No. 9 East Stroudsburg on Wednesday.
Felicia Domenici has scored half of the Huskies’ four goals this season, with Brittany Matthews and Candice Smith also scoring. Megan Eppley has made nine saves and given up seven goals in about 141 minutes.
No. 4 Millersville
The Marauders get Seton Hills on Saturday as they look to go to 3-0. Thanks in large part to a 7-0 season-opening victory, Millersville has outscored its opponents 11-2 so far this season. Balanced scoring has been key for Millersville so far with 10 different players scoring.
The only Marauder to score more than one goal has been Margaret Thorwart who is tied with Samantha Ruane for the team lead with four points. Lauren Sotzin has only faced five shots so far this season, stopping three of them.
No. 5 Merrimack
The Warriors got their first easy win of the season on Tuesday (5-1 against Saint Anselm) and look to carry that into their game Saturday at Adelphi. These two teams met in twice in the span of a week last season with the Warriors taking both, including the Northeast-10 Conference tournament semifinals.
Candace Waldie and Katrina Squeri each have three goals to lead the Warriors and five others have scored one goal. Gina Rosinski has started two games this season, making 14 saves.
No. 6 Indiana (Pa.)
A season-opening 18-0 win hasn’t translated to recent success for the Crimson Hawks. They have lost consecutive games, including a 3-0 loss to Seton Hill on Tuesday. Now, they are home for a Saturday game against No. 1 West Chester, a team coming off of its first loss of the season.
Jessica Kida leads Indiana (Pa.) with five goals on eight shots on goal. Darian Shuker has made 11 saves and given up six goals in three starts.
No. 7 C.W. Post
Saturday’s game against Saint Anslem will only be C.W. Post’s second game of the season. In the opening game, the Pioneers needed overtime to defeat American International.
Lyn-Marie Wilson scored the game-winning goal and Keliann Margiotta also scored a goal. Freshman Meredith Stocklin made her first career start this week.
No. 8 Bentley
After an opening-season overtime loss to Merrimack, Bentley has responded with two consecutive shutouts to open the season at 2-1. The Falcons go for their third win of the season on Saturday when they host Southern Connecticut State. These two teams met in Bentley’s regular-season finale last year with the Falcons winning 2-1.
Gina Lirange leads the Falcons with four goals and eight points. Katie Kelley has started all three game, making 15 saves and giving up four goals.
No. 9 East Stroudsburg
After spending the first three games at home, East Stroudsburg hits the road for a neutral-site game against Limestone on Saturday before playing a true road game against Mercyhurst on Sunday. The Warriors have opened the season 2-1, and defeated Limestone last season.
Ally Roth leads the Warriors with five goals and 12 points and Gabrielle Seibert has found the back of the cage four times. Madelyn Craver has played all but eight minutes so far this season, making 18 saves and giving up 10 goals.
No. 10 Stonehill
The Skyhawks have survived a pair of close calls on the road against top-10 teams to open the season, and will stay on the road to go to Saint Michael’s on Saturday. It will be the first Northeast-10 Conference game of the year for both squads.
Sophomore Erika Kelly has had a big start to her season, scoring seven goals while only two other Skyhawks have scored (one goal each). Elizabeth Genovese has turned aside 13 of the 20 shots she’s faced.