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Roundup: Late goal lifts No. 1 Shippensburg

No. 1 Shippensburg 4, Indiana (Pa.) 3

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -- Shippensburg defeated Indiana (Pa.)  4-3 on a late second-half goal by Bre White on Saturday afternoon from Robb Sports Complex.

With 2:15 left in the game, White maneuvered her way to the left side of the circle and used a reverse sweep to send the ball through the goalie's legs to the lower right corner of the cage. White leads the conference in both goals (eight) and points (21), and is tied for first in assists with five.

Shippensburg (6-0, 0-0 PSAC) built a 3-0 lead, but a second half rally by the Crimson Hawks (1-5, 0-0) nearly forced the game into overtime had it not been White's late game-winner. During the rally, IUP scored three goals in a span of about eight minutes to knot the score up at 3-3.

SU wasted no time getting on the board as Taylor Bender connected on a pass to Megan Jett for the game's first goal a little more than a minute into the contest. The Raiders added two more unanswered goals by Lucy Kauffman and Lauren Taylor to extend the lead to 3-0.

With the win, senior Carenna Neely improves her record to 6-0 as she recorded two saves against the Crimson Hawks.

No. 2 West Chester 8, East Stroudsburg 1

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Kelsi Lykens had a hand in five of West Chester's goals as the second-ranked Golden Rams defeated visiting East Stroudsburg 8-1 in a non-league contest on Saturday afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field.

West Chester (4-2) rebounded nicely from a lackluster second half in a loss on Wednesday to Millersville. The Rams scored three times in the first 17 minutes of the game, and then added two goals within four minutes after halftime to finally pull away from a pesky East Stroudsburg (2-4) bunch.

Lykens finished with one goal and four assists to lead the offensive onslaught. West Chester's eight goalas were the most in a game this season, tying the mark of eight against Lindenwood earlier this fall. Alayna Brown scored twice and picked up an assist in her first start of the year as well. Lauren McGinley, Megan Callanan and Kelsey Cheek all scored once and assisted once.

No. 3 Millersville 4, Slippery Rock 0

Millersville, Pa. -- Millersville continued to roll on Saturday, shutting out visiting Slippery Rock 4-0 behind a two-goal day from sophomore Lauren Gerhart.

Millersville, now 5-0, registered its third shutout of the season and has outscored its opponents 22-3. Gerhart's goals were her first two of the season, and Rachel Dickinson recorded her fifth score in the last three games. Emily Litchford also scored her first of the season.

The the Marauders out-shot Slippery Rock 14-7 and held a 14-5 in corners. Lauren Sotzin made four saves for the Marauders. Two came in the waning seconds of the first half, and two more came in the final 10 minutes with the game already well out of hand.

Gerhart put the Marauders on the board at the 15:44 mark. Following saved shot, Gerhart caught the rebound and pushed it past Rock keeper Courtney Lee. Dickinson added to the lead at 27:09. She and Sarah Bomberger hooked up off a penalty corner and Dickinson rocketed a shot to the back of the cage from the top of the circle.

Gerhart scored her second goal on an assist from Olivia Hershey at the 48:04 mark. Litchford extended the lead with a slapshot fed on a penalty corner by Bomberger and Brittany Troutman.

No. 4 Stonehill 3, Southern Connecticut State 1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Stonehill, ranked fourth in this week’s coaches poll, ran its season-opening winning streak to six games with a 3-1 decision against Southern Connecticut State in a non-conference field hockey matchup at Jess Down Field on Saturday.

Stonehill, off to a 6-0 start for the first time since winning its first seven games in 2007, got two more goals from sophomore Erika Kelly who has now scored a Northeast-10 Conference leading 13 goals in just five games played. She is now only seven goals shy of the program’s single-season record of 20 goals set by Claire Hourihan in 2008 and matched in 2009. Sophomore Maggie Travers also contributed her first collegiate goal for the Skyhawks in the win, while senior Kelsey Davis dished an assist.

Junior Elizabeth Genovese posted five saves in the Stonehill cage to preserve the win. Stonehill held a 33-12 advantage in shots for the contest and an 11-5 edge in penalty corners. Sophomore Audrey Dolloff finished with 17 stops in the Southern Connecticut goal.

Senior Sarah Cebry scored the lone Southern Connecticut State goal on a penalty stroke to prevent the shutout.

Kelly opened the scoring with a penalty stroke of her own just 9:23 into the contest. She added her 13th marker 8:51 into the second half with a shot from the left side over Dolloff’s right shoulder off a pass from Davis. Travers gave Stonehill a three goal lead less than four minutes later with an unassisted marker at 47:29. Cebry capped the scoring at 51:27 with her penalty stroke goal.

No. 5 C.W. Post 2, Saint Michael's 0

COLCHESTER, Vt. -- Fifth-ranked C.W. Post moved to 5-0 with a 2-0 victory against Saint Michael's on Saturday morning.

The Pioneers were led by graduate student Dani Crouse who had a goal and an assist, and senior Carlee Dragon, who notched her team-leading seventh goal of the year. First-year Meredith Stocklin made four stops in net.

The Pioneers scored the eventual game-winner at 6:29 when Crouse lined a backhanded shot to the top right corner. Dragon also scored at 11:49, receiving Crouse's pass on a penalty corner at the left wing before tallying.

The loss drops the Purple Knights to 2-4. It was the first time since 2002 that these teams had met.

No. 9 Mercyhurst 4, No. 6 Kutztown 1

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Mercyhurst won 4-1 at Kutztown on Saturday night. Four different Lakers scored as Mercyhurst picked up its first road win of the season.

Kutztown got on the board first, as Erin Danner scored at the 14:51 mark of the first half. Mercyhurst took over from there. After peppering the KU defense, the Lakers broke through to tie the game. In the 29th minute, Meghan Smith put a shot on goal. Marissa Faso knocked in the resulting loose ball, making it one-all late in the period.

In the second half, Mercyhurst continued pressuring the Bears. KU goalkeeper Kayla Denninger made a pair of saves, but Allison Brace finally scored, giving the visitors a 2-1 edge at the 51:37 mark.

Denninger made two more saves before Mercyhurst struck again. In the 56th minute, Smith found the back of the net, making it 3-1 Lakers. Just a few minutes later, Katlyn Heitzhaus got in on the action, capping the scoring at the 63:11 mark.

Mercyhurst dominated possession throughout the match, outshooting KU, 23-5. In the first half, the Lakers earned six penalty corners to just one for the Bears. Jess Wess made one save in net.

No. T7 Bloomsburg 4, Mansfield 1

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Bloomsburg defeated Mansfield 4-1 on Saturday at Sports Stadium.

The first pair of Huskies goals were scored less than a minute a part from each other. Nikki Black scored her first goal of the season off a pass from Lauren Gerhard 25 minutes into the game. Then 46 seconds later Samantha Facciolla rocketed a shot from the arc line directly into the goal. It was Facciola's first career goal.

In the second half Mansfield scored off a corner three minutes in. Bloomsburg answered with two more back-to-back goals.

In the 39th minute the game the Huskies scored their third goal when Felecia Domenici backhanded a pass to Brittany Mathews who buried the goal to put the Huskies up 3-1. Two minutes later Domenici tipped the ball passed the goalie in a scramble in front of the cage to give the Huskies a 4-1 lead.

T7 Limestone 4, Dowling 1

BROOKHAVEN, N.Y. -- Playing its first game as a ranked team, No. 7 Limestone did not disappoint as it picked up a 4-1 win against first-year Dowling on Saturday.

The Saints got on the board first as junior midfielder Casey Werkheiser notched an unassisted score at the 12:41 mark to make it 1-0. Nine minutes later, freshman midfielder Kate Norman found junior attack Rachel Goromonzi in front of the cage for the second score of the game, this one coming at 21:58. That score made her the program's all-time leader in points with 66, a mark achieved during the course of just two years and five games.

After taking that 2-0 margin into the break, Limestone kept rolling offensively in the second half as freshman midfielder Stembeni Zhanda took a pass from sophomore midfielder Brittany Carney and converted for the Saints third goal at 40:36. Senior attack Tyller Butler capped the Saints scoring with an unassisted goal at 57:12 and the Golden Lion's Sarah Shams-Kollar notched Dowling's only goal at the 65:47 mark to reach the final margin of 4-1.

Butler, Goromonzi, Werkheiser and Zhanda all had solo goals to lead Limestone while Kate Norman had the only assist to wrap up the offensive production. Senior goal keeper Lindsay Hinton played the full 70 minutes in goal, allowing just the one score and making one save. The Saints defense allowed the Golden Lions just two shots on goal throughout the course of the game.

Bentley 2, No. 10 American International 0

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The fifth shutout of the season for sophomore Katie Kelley and a pair of first-half goals lifted Bentley to a 2-0 win against American International in non-conference action Saturday afternoon at Butova Gym.

Bentley, with its fifth win in its past six games, improved to 5-2 while AIC, ranked 10th in this week's coaches poll, slipped to 4-3 on the year.

Kelley, the only Northeast-10 netminder with more than one shutout, recorded three saves en route to a shutout that lowered her goals-against average to 0.99.

Freshman Tori Ellis accounted for the game-winner with her first career goal coming in the 24th minute, off an assist from junior Gina Lirange, the No. 2 scorer in the conference.

About six minutes later, sophomore Meghan Talerman provided insurance, her fourth of the year assisted by classmate Sally James.