Top-three teams hold off opponents
Roundup: No.1 Bloomsburg, No. 2 Shippensburg earn wins
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Nicole Bruce scored two goals and Amanda Riley assisted on two goals to lead No.1 Bloomsburg to a 2-1 win against No. 8 Kutztown on Wednesday.
Bloomsburg had two early scoring chances on the strength of two penalty corners, but came up empty each time. The Huskies finally got on the board when Bruce scored off a Riley assist in the 18th minute of play. The Golden Bears tied the score six minutes later when Kim Angstadt picked a loose ball in front of the goal and scored the tying goal.
In the second half Kutztown had a shot on goal that was saved by BU goalie Meghan Hollenbach. The Huskies quickly turned the ball in the other direction and drove down field where Bruce took a pass from Riley and scored the go-ahead goal in the 51st minute.
No. 2 Shippensburg 1, Mercyhurst 0
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Behind a goal by senior Kristina Taylor with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, No. 2 Shippensburg was able to escape a wet Robb Sports Complex on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory against Mercyhurst.
The Raiders (15-2, 9-0 PSAC West) outshot the Lakers (7-10, 3-6) 23-4 and held an 18-5 advantage in penalty corners, but the game remained scoreless until the final minutes due to the wet turf affecting play for both teams. In each half, Mercyhurst thwarted a Raider scoring opportunity with a defensive save.
With 15 shots in the second half, Shippensburg was consistently pressuring the goal, and it culminated with senior Katie Pufnock taking three penalty corners in the 1:48 span leading up to Taylor’s game-winner.
No. 3 West Chester 3, East Stroudsburg 0
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Three different players scored for West Chester as the third-ranked Golden Rams downed host East Stroudsburg on a Wednesday.
With the win, West Chester (13-3, 7-2 PSAC East) clinched a home game in the first round of the upcoming PSAC postseason tournament next week. The Golden Rams, who will finish second in the division behind No. 1 Bloomsburg, will play either Kutztown or C.W. Post on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at Vonnie Gros Field.
Devin Whalen gave East Stroudsburg a 1-0 lead nine minutes into the contest with an assist from Lauren Ventrella. That was how things stood until the 42nd minute when Alisha Moran tied things up with an unassisted effort. Nine minutes later, Leah Angstadt converted a penalty stroke to put the Rams in front 2-1.
Kelsi Lykens widened the margin in the 56th minute, which proved to be the game-winner.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.