No. 1 Shippensburg 2, No. 3 West Chester 1
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- A go-ahead goal from senior Bre White with nine minutes remaining on Wednesday afternoon lifted top-ranked Shippensburg to a 2-1 PSAC win at rival and No. 3 West Chester from Vonnie Gros Field.
The victory gives the Raiders (11-0, 4-0 PSAC) two wins this season against the two-time defending NCAA champion Golden Rams (7-3, 3-1) as SU is now 4-0 in regular-season matchups against the defending PSAC champions since they reclassified from Division I prior to the 2011 season.
White's 12th career game winner came with 9:05 left on the clock as she beat a defender at the top of the circle before facing charging WCU goalkeeper Audree Bonavita. White chipped the shot in over Bonavita and into the open cage to break the 1-1 tie.
The two squads, both NCAA semifinalists from last season, played a nearly even game, with each team taking nine shots with six on goal. The Golden Rams had a 10-4 lead in penalty corners, however, including one with less than a half-minute left in which Kelsi Lykens's shot was blocked with 21 seconds left to preserve the Shippensburg win.
Senior Lauren Taylor broke the scoreless tie 16 minutes in when she dove to recover her own saved shot and poked it into the cage for a 1-0 Raider lead. The score remained 1-0 for the next 27 minutes of game action before Lykens scored off a corner to tie the game nearly nine minutes into the second half.
Senior goalkeeper Carenna Neely turned away five shots on the afternoon while Taylor took a team-high four shots.
No. 2 Millersville 4, No. Mercyhurst 0
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. -- Second-ranked Millersville steamrolled its way to a 4-0 win against Mercyhurst and into the school record books on Wednesday by tying records for consecutive wins and the best start in school history.
Sarah Bomberger scored twice and Champayne Hess and Samantha Ruane scored off of assists from Alicia Youtz. Emily Litchford and Ruane helped on Bomberger's two goals as the Marauders' boosted their record to a spotless 9-0 and improved to 4-0 in the PSAC.
The nine consecutive wins hadn't been accomplished since the 1973 club. The Marauders scored the record-tying win in convincing fashion, out-shooting the Lakers (4-6, 0-3 PSAC) 20-4 and holding a 19-3 edge in penalty corners. The Marauders forced Laker keeper Jess Wess to make nine saves in the first half alone.
At the opposite end of the field, Lauren Sotzin turned away two shots for her third consecutive shutout and sixth of the season. The Marauders have not surrendered a goal in 257 minutes of play and have allowed only one goal in the last five games.
No. 4 Stonehill 4, Saint Anselm 3
EASTON, Mass. -- Stonehill, ranked fourth, notched its fifth comeback win of the season to extend its program-best season opening winning streak to 11 games with a 4-3 triumph against Saint Anselm in Northeast-10 Conference action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium on Wednesday.
Sophomore forward Erika Kelly notched her fifth hat trick of the season and in the process set a new single-season program record for goals, finishing with a Division II-leading 22 markers in 10 games played this season. She surpassed the previous record of 20 goals set by Claire Hourihan in 2008 and matched in 2009.
Sophomore Maggie Travers capped the Stonehill comeback with a goal. Junior Elizabeth Genovese posted three second-half saves to hold Saint Anselm scoreless during the final 35 minutes. Stonehill finished with a 26-8 advantage for shots in the contest and an 11-3 edge in penalty corners.
No. 5 LIU Post 5, Southern Connecticut State 1
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- A four-goal showing by senior forward Carlee Dragon secured fifth-ranked LIU Post's 5-1 victory against Northeast-10 opponent Southern Connecticut State on Wednesday evening in New Haven, Conn.
The Pioneers improve to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in NE-10 action with the win, while the Owls fall to 2-8 on the season and 2-2 in conference play.
Freshman Ericka Parks earned her seventh win in goal, making six saves during the 70 minutes of play. Her counterpart Audrey Dolloff turned away nine shots in the loss.
The Pioneers held a 28-10 advantage in shots and an 11-8 edge in penalty corners.
No. 6 Bloomsburg 2, No. 7 East Stroudsburg 1
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Sixth-ranked Bloomsburg earned its second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) win of the season against seventh-ranked East Stroudsburg 2-1 on Wednesday.
Bloomsburg scored the first goal of the game with 26:46 on the clock when Candice Smith passed the ball up the middle and found Felicia Domenici who tipped the ball in to go up 1-0 on the Warriors.
The Huskies scored the next goal in the 41st minute when Domenici crossed a pass to Brittany Mathews who soared the ball into the net.
Three minutes later East Stroudsburg brought the game within one at 2-1 when Alexis Good had the perfect corner pitch to Ally Roth who scored.
Domenici finished the game with a goal and an assist, Mathews had a goal, and Smith recorded one assist for the Huskies who move to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the PSAC.
Bloomsburg outshot East Stroudsburg (5-6, 2-2) 9-3 and held a 9-4 advantage in corners.
No. 8 Limestone 2, Bellarmine 0
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Eighth-ranked Limestone (9-2, 7-0 ISA) notched a pair of second-half goals and downed Bellarmine (3-6, 2-3 ISA) on Wednesday.
While both teams came out firing in the first half, neither club would be able to capitalize in the first 35 minutes.
Rebekah Baker and Rachel Goromonzi led Limestone with a goal apiece and Jill Funkhouser dished out her team-leading fifth assist of the year. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Hinton was strong in goal as she went the whole way and made seven saves while pitching the shutout. All seven saves came in a first half in which she faced nine shots.