SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Three goals in a six-minute span during the first and second halves propelled No. 4 Shippensburg to a 3-0 shutout against defending national champion and top-ranked West Chester in its home-opener on Saturday. Shippensburg avenged last season’s 3-0 quarterfinal loss to the Golden Rams.

The Raiders (4-0) were in control offensively throughout the game, finishing with a 20-9 shot advantage against the Golden Rams (1-1).

Twelve minutes into the game, both teams and all fans were forced out of Robb Sports Complex for a lightning delay that lasted 40 minutes. Play resumed, and nine minutes later – at the 33rd minute – junior transfer Taylor Bender sparked the Raiders’ scoring rally.

Bender found the back of the cage off an assist from Sam Langone, who gathered the rebound off a missed shot by Bre White.

The Raiders extended their lead to 2-0 two minutes into the second half, when Bender scored her fourth goal of the season on an unassisted strike. White added her team-leading eighth goal of the year a minute later when she moved in front of the cage and found herself in a one-on-one situation with West Chester's goalkeeper.

White led the team with eight shots, while goalkeeper Ciarra Delost played the entire game and finished with three saves.

Before the game, the team honored the memory of longtime Shippensburg coach and administrator Jane Goss, who passed away this summer.

Shippensburg dealt the Golden Rams their first loss since they dropped a two-overtime decision to LIU Post in the PSAC quarterfinals last October.