Indiana (Pa.) upsets No. 2 Millersville, earns tournament berth in process
INDIANA, Pa. -- Indiana (Pa.) finished the season strong, winning five of its last six games, and Saturday was no different as Chelsea Wanamaker scored the lone goal to lead the Crimson Hawks to a 1-0 victory against second-ranked Millersville. The win clinched a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) postseason berth for IUP on senior day.
Millersville came out strong, but IUP goalkeeper Darian Shuker never faltered throughout the entire contest. In the first 20 minutes of play, the Marauders produced three shots and four penalty corners, but none were able to find the net.
The only goal of the game came off of IUP's first shot. In the 21st minute, Wanamaker shot from 12 yards out and buried the ball in the bottom left corner of the cage. The goal put IUP up 1-0, and the defense took control after that.
Millersville's offense continued to find opportunities throughout the game. In total it produced 11 penalty corners and outshot the Crimson Hawks seven to four, but IUP found enough fortune in its few opportunities to pull off the win.
Millersville had a few chances to pull close in the waning minutes. It had two penalty corners and two shots in the last three minutes of play, but Shuker held strong and stopped both shots.
IUP will head into the postseason as the fifth seed with an overall record of 8-10 and a 5-5 mark in the conference.
No. 1 Shippensburg 4, Seton Hill 0
GREENSBURG, Pa. -- Four different players scored goals for No. 1 Shippensburg on Saturday afternoon in a 4-0 shutout at Seton Hill that finished off a perfect 17-0 regular season for just the third undefeated regular season in program history.
The Raiders (10-0 PSAC) are one of two teams in the country to finish the regular season undefeated (LIU Post) and will host the PSAC Tournament next weekend as the top overall seed.
SU will play in the conference semifinals on Friday against the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal match between No. 4-seed Bloomsburg and No. 5-seed IUP.
The unblemished record marks the first perfect regular season since 2010 (20-0) and the third undefeated overall (11-0-2 in 1977).
Senior Taylor Bender opened up the scoring just more than a minute into the game off an assist from senior Bre White, who would later score herself and add another assist on a goal off the stick of senior Brittany Jett. Senior Lauren Taylor closed out the scoring for the Raiders, who held a 34-9 advantage in shots and a 16-5 margin in penalty corners.
Senior goalkeeper Carenna Neely made a save in just more than 47 minutes of action before sophomore Taylor Webster played the final 22:48 in the cage and finished with four saves.
No. 4 LIU Post 4, No. 3 Stonehill 3 (OT)
BROOKVILLE, N.Y. -- Three minutes and 34 seconds into the overtime period, sophomore forward Keliann Margiotta buried the game winner, securing LIU Post's 4-3 overtime victory against Northeast-10 rival Stonehill on Saturday at Hickox Field.
The Pioneers close out their regular season perfect at 18-0, including a 10-0 mark in NE-10 play. Stonehill drops its second in a row, falling to 16-2 overall and 8-2 in conference action.
In the overtime period, Stonehill got the first shot off, as sophomore forward Erika Kelly took a wide-open shot from the left side that graduate midfielder Dani Crouse stepped in front of, making the defensive save. Less than a minute later, the Pioneers were granted a penalty corner. Margiotta took it, passed it to Crouse at the top of the circle, and as the defense was charging at her, she gave it right back to Margiotta, who was waiting right at the corner of the cage, and tapped it in for the score.
The Skyhawks were the first to strike in the game, when senior forward Kelly Gouveia fed junior forward Emily Sideris on a fast break for the score in the eighth minute. Just after that tally, senior forward Carlee Dragon evened the score. She corralled her own rebound, and sent a reverse sweep into the lower left corner of the net.
The visitors re-gained the lead a few minutes later, when Sideris struck for her second of the game, after securing a rebound off the post.
The Pioneers were able to once again tie the score, as Crouse sent a reverse sweep pass by the goalie to freshman midfielder Lauren Adamusik, who finished into the cage. With just about five minutes left in the first half, Margiotta tabbed her first score of the game, beating the goalie to the left flank.
With the green and gold leading 3-2 late into the second half, Kelly sent home a pass from Devin Ingersoll for the third tie score of the afternoon with just more than seven minutes left in regulation.
Freshman Meredith Stocklin improved to 11-0 between the pipes, making six saves on the afternoon. Her counterpart, Elizabeth Genovese, turned aside 15 shots.
No. 5 West Chester 1, Slippery Rock 0
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- West Chester scored three times in 1:03 to erase a 1-0 deficit en route to a 3-2 PSAC regular-season ending victory at Slippery Rock.
The Golden Rams finished in third place with a 13-4, 8-2 PSAC record and will host East Stroudsburg in the opening round of the PSAC tournament on Tuesday.
Marnie Kusavakitch scored West Chester's first goal for the third consecutive game. She had to wait until the 48:23 mark to accomplish the task and score her seventh of her rookie season, this one coming from Megan Callanan. It would ignite a three-goal outburst.
Lauren McGinley followed with her seventh of the year 41 seconds later, with an assists to Kelsey Cheek, and Alayna Brown ended the flurry with her eighth from McGinley 22 seconds after that.
The Rock opened the scoring with a goal in the 10th minute off a corner, and led for 38 minutes before McGinley put the Golden Rams ahead to stay. Slippery made it close in the 59th minute again off a corner, but could not test the West Chester keeper in the final minutes.
Audree Bonavita was not credited with a save in picking up the victory. Carlee Dumars made seven saves in goal for The Rock.
No. 6 Bloomsburg 2, Mercyhurst 0
ERIE, Pa. -- Second half goals scored by Angie DeBellis and Brittany Mathews propelled Bloomsburg to its third consecutive victory, a 2-0 shutout win at Mercyhurst on Saturday evening at Tullio Field.
Sixth-ranked Bloomsburg (12-6, 7-3 PSAC) capped its regular season by playing to a first-half draw with No. 10 Mercyhurst (9-9, 4-6). Mercyhurst held the 7-3 edge in shots during the first period, playing a BU team that had made the long trip across the state to Erie.
Bloomsburg received a charge from DeBellis at the 55:35 mark when she tallied her second goal of the year off a penalty corner, deflecting in a shot from the right side.
Mathews came through with her 10th score of the season 13 minutes later -- giving the Huskies some insurance with a hard shot from the middle of the circle for the game's second and final goal.
Megan Eppley made four saves to earn the shutout in the cage. Kirsten Rambo made five saves for Mercyhurst.
The Lakers, which needed a victory to earn a berth in the PSAC Tournament, held a 12-8 edge in shots, but the shots were even (5-5) during the second period. Both teams earned eight penalty corners during the contest.
No. 8 East Stroudsburg 3, Kutztown 2
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Freshman forward Emily Howell scored the game-winning goal with 54 seconds left in a 3-2 win at Kutztown on Saturday afternoon, and Mercyhurst fell to Bloomsburg 2-0 on Saturday evening, giving East Stroudsburg a spot in the PSAC field hockey tournament on the final day of the regular season.
Howell's goal, assisted by junior forward Jessica Lawville, capped an ESU (8-10, 5-5) comeback as the Warriors twice trailed by a goal before taking their only lead in the final minute.
ESU will enter the PSAC Tournament, its second since 2003, as the No. 6 seed and travel to No. 3 seed West Chester (13-4, 8-2) for its first round game on Tuesday. The Golden Rams won the first two meetings, 8-1 at WCU on September 21, and 4-2 at ESU in a PSAC game on Oct. 5.
Senior forward Brielle Kessel scored a first-half goal for ESU, answering an early tally for Kutztown's Erin Reynolds.
In the second half, sophomore forward Ally Roth scored her 20th goal of the season to tie the game at 2-2 with 21:29 left, after Reynolds put Kutztown back in front six minutes earlier.
Roth's goal, assisted by junior midfielder Becky Gagliardi, made her the fifth player in school history to score 20 goals in a season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Charles made 12 saves, two off her career high she set in a 3-0 loss at Shippensburg on Tuesday.
Rachel Sanders had 11 saves for Kutztown (7-10, 3-7), which needed a win and some help to qualify for the postseason tournament in its first season under head coach Marci Scheuing.
ESU held a 26-17 advantage in shots, 12-8 in the first half and 14-9 in the second half. The Warriors also had six more penalty corners (10-4).