DII field hockey: Shippensburg freshman sets DII record for most assists in a game
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The No. 3-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team scored five first-half goals on Tuesday and freshman Jazmin Petrantonio set an NCAA Division II single-game record with six assists as the Raiders steamrolled past No. 2 Millersville, 6-1, in a high-octane, non-conference showdown from Robb Sports Complex.
Shippensburg (4-1), which fell two spots in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Coaches Poll released earlier in the day, scored a goal at the 2:31 mark on its first penalty corner of the game and never looked back. Senior Kylie Huffman slammed home a feed from the top of the arc to put the Raiders on the board.
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Millersville (2-1) finished with just one less shot on goal than the Raiders (15-14), but SU converted early and often – scoring on three of its nine first-half penalty corners. Shippensburg finished with a 15-11 advantage in penalty corners on the day.
Senior Mary Spisak scored at the 9:08 mark, receiving a beautiful through ball from Petrantonio and rocketing her shot into the top left portion of the goal. For Huffman and Spisak, the goals were their first of the season.
Senior Brooke Sheibley scored on a penalty corner in the 22nd minute of play by ripping a shot from the top right side of the arc that got through traffic. It was Sheibley's first goal of the season, as Petrantonio again provided the prerequisite for the tally with a pass on the corner.
Just two minutes later, Petrantonio sent another exquisite feed onto hard-charging senior Emily Barnard, who rifled a scorcher past the goalkeeper from the right wing after two dribbles to make it 4-0 in SU's favor. That tally chased MU keeper Kylee Bair from the cage.
The Marauders would answer less than two minutes later when Kathleen Bishop knocked down a rebound out of midair into the goal, but the Raiders ran their first-half lead back to four goals when Sheibley scored for a second time on a penalty corner at the 30:57 mark.
SU caged the lone tally of the second half with 14:02 remaining when Petrantonio dribbled around multiple defenders and sent a pass into the crease that Barnard elevated into the goal. It was Barnard's seventh goal in five games, and Petrantonio's ninth assist in as many contests.
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Despite the lopsided goal margin, redshirt-junior Ally Mooney was extremely busy in goal, and finished with a career-high 13 saves. Nine of Mooney's saves came in the second half, as the Marauders posted a 9-5 advantage in shots on goal and a 7-6 advantage in penalty corners over the final 35 minutes. It was just the second time in Mooney's career she finished a match with double-digit saves.
For Petrantonio, her passing and stickwork was a sight to behold. Her Tuesday performance eclipses both the SU single-game record of four assists (Marissa Rothrock vs. Slippery Rock on Sept. 19, 2004) and the NCAA Division II single-game record of five assists (Bloomsburg's Shelley Miller vs. Slippery Rock on Oct. 7, 1993).