Top 10 roundup
Koenig nets hat trick for Kutztown; Marauders get shutout win
No. 1 Shippensburg 4, Indiana (Pa.) 2
INDIANA, Pa. -- Shippensburg scored twice in the first 10 minutes of a Saturday night showdown with Indiana (Pa.) and weathered through separate pre-game and in-match lightning delays to fend off a pesky Crimson Hawks squad 4-2 from Miller Stadium.
Shippensburg (10-0) extended its regular-season unbeaten streak to 20 matches with another balanced scoring effort. Senior Lauren Taylor scored twice, while senior Megan Jett, the reigning PSAC player of the week, and Taylor Bender also added tallies in the contest.
An unassisted goal by Jett midway through the first half proved to be the decisive tally for the Raiders. SU seemed to have control of the contest from the beginning, as Bender scored just 2:29 into the match and Taylor added her first goal at the 9:49 mark. SU tacked on its fourth and final goal of the game just three minutes into the second half when Taylor notched her second of the night and her eighth of the season.
Three Raiders – senior Bre White, Jett and Taylor -- have each scored eight goals and tallied at least 17 points on the season. That trio ranks inside the top 10 in the conference in scoring. Bender raised her season goal total to six.
No. 2 Millersville 2, Slippery Rock 0
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Millersville received one of its toughest tests to date Saturday at Slippery Rock. But another strong effort in the cage from Lauren Sotzin and goals from Katelyn Zapp and Lauren Gerhart kept the Marauders' record spotless with a 2-0 triumph.
Millersville boosted its mark to 8-0 overall and 3-0 in the PSAC with the win. Sotzin made four saves in goal to record her fourth shutout of the season. The Rock limited Millersville's chances to a season-low eight corners and 10 shots, but Zapp and Gerhart's fourth scores of the year was all that was needed.
Gerhart scored unassisted eight minutes into the contest, but The Rock kept it tight until Zapp's goal in the 54th minute. Zapp followed a save with a rebound that found the back of the cage.
Slippery Rock was held to only one shot the rest of the game, and The Rock was turned away by Sotzin as time expired.
No. 3 West Chester 4, No. 6 East Stroudsburg 2
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Four unanswered goals erased a 1-0 deficit, as West Chester defeated East Stroudsburg 4-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action on Saturday in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
The Golden Rams (7-2, 3-0 PSAC) tied the game in the 31st minute when Nancy Stehman scored unassisted. The Warriors (5-5, 2-1 PSAC) had scored midway through the first half to open the scoring.
West Chester took the lead just 40 seconds into the second half, on a Meg Callanan goal from Kelsey Cheek.
Kelsi Lykens scored on a penalty less than five minutes later, and Marnie Kusakavitch put the game away in the 67th minute from Lykens.
Audree Bonavita made four saves in net for the Golden Rams, Alexis stopped nine shots in the ESU goal.
No. 7 Bloomsburg 2, Mansfield 1
MANSFIELD, Pa. -- Bloomsburg scored a 2-1 win against Mansfield on Saturday night in Mansfield. The win for the Huskies spoiled the first home night game in program history for the Mountaineers.
The game was scoreless for the first 22 minutes before the Huskies finally broke through with a goal. Nikki Gattone fed a short pass in front of the goal to Felicia Domenic who poked it past the Mansfield goalie for a 1-0 lead.
It stayed 1-0 until the 38th minute when Angie DeBallis deflected a shot attempt from Candice Smith to make it 2-0.
Mansfield tried to get back in the game and had four penalty corner chances and four shots on goal in a two-minute stretch early in the second half, but could not score. The Mountaineers finally got on the board in the 52nd minute when Jessi Swingle scored a goal. But the Huskies midfield and defense allowed no shots and just one penalty corner the remainder of the way to get the win.
Bloomsburg goalie Megan Eppley stopped four shots in goal to earn the victory.
Kutztown 5, No. 10 Mercyhurst 4
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Senior Jamie Koenig notched her first career hat trick including the game-winning goal, to help lift Kutztown to a 5-4 road victory against Mercyhurst on Saturday morning in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup at Tullio Field.
Trailing 4-3 with less than 15 minutes to play, the Golden Bears (5-4, 2-1 PSAC) scored the game-tying and game-winning goals within 54 seconds of each other. With Kutztown threatening on an ensuing penalty corner, Erin Danner controlled a loose ball in front of the Mercyhurst cage and scored at the 56:51 mark. Fifty-four seconds later, Anna Behm passed to Koenig, who beat the keeper and scored for her third goal of the afternoon.
Kutztown held on down the stretch as the Lakers (4-5, 0-2) fired four shots in the final 12 minutes.
The Golden Bears had to overcome a two-goal deficit for the win. Mercyhurst carried all of the momentum in the opening minutes with a goal just 3:05 into the game, and another in the 23rd minute to hold a 2-0 lead. Kutztown tallied two goals late in the first half to even the score at 2-2.
Behm assisted Koenig on all three of her goals. For Behm, she has adjusted from an early season injury and has returned to her All-PSAC form. For Koenig, it was a breakout game as she picked the perfect time to have a strong offensive outing.
Senior Erin Reynolds scored off a penalty stroke late in the first half for her team-leading seventh goal of the season. She has converted on all three of her stroke attempts.
In goal, Denlinger made seven saves including her two in the final minutes.