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Top 10 Roundup

No. 1 Shippensburg 3, Kutztown 1

KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- Three first-half goals were all top-ranked Shippensburg needed to stay undefeated on Tuesday night in an under-the-lights 3-1 road victory at Kutztown.

A 25-9 advantage in shots helped propel the Raiders to 13-0 on the season and 6-0 in PSAC play with four regular season games remaining.

Senior Bre White opened up the scoring 10 minutes in with a penalty stroke before junior Ari Saytar scored the second Raider goal six minutes later on a rebound off a shot by senior Brittany Jett.

Kutztown (5-6, 2-3 PSAC) cut its deficit in half later in the period, but senior Lauren Taylor pushed the SU lead back to 3-1 with an unassisted goal just a minute and a half later. The goal is Taylor's 10th of the season, tied for the team lead with White.

No. 2 Millersville 2, No. 4 West Chester 0

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. -- Millersville's solid defense and Lauren Sotzin's goalkeeping made two early goals from Katelyn Zapp and Alicia Youtz hold up for a 2-0 win against No. 4 West Chester on Tuesday.

Millersville (11-1, 5-1 PSAC) scored its eighth shutout of the season and its second consecutive win against West Chester. The Marauders also improved to 7-0 with only one goal surrendered at home. They now have outscored opponents 32-1 and recorded five consecutive shutouts on home turf.

The Marauders held a 5-1 edge in shots and penalty corners in the first half, but West Chester led 7-2 in both categories in the final 35 minutes. Sotzin denied all five shots fired her way and also turned away a penalty stroke from the PSAC's leading scorer Kelsi Lykens 12 minutes into the half.

Millersville opened the game with four penalty corners in the first 23 minutes. On the fourth corner, Rachel Dickinson pushed the ball past a defender, and in one motion, Zapp swept the ball off the turf and past Audree Bonvaita for her fifth goal of the season.

Just seven minutes later, Champayne Hess carried the ball toward the right side of the cage and flipped a quick pass to Youtz, who was breaking into the center of the circle. Youtz seamlessly ripped a low shot that beat Bonavita for the 2-0 lead.

No. 3 Stonehill 2, American International 1

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Stonehill, ranked third in this week's Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, kept its winning streak alive with a 2-1 double-overtime triumph against American International College in Northeast-10 Conference field hockey action at Ronald J. Abdow Field this afternoon.

Junior All-American Emily Sideris scored her second game-winning goal of the season to lift Stonehill to its program-record 13th win to start the year. Sophomore Lauren Giordano also scored a goal for the Skyhawks, while senior All-American Devin Ingersoll dished an assist.

Junior Elizabeth Genovese preserved the win with four saves in the Stonehill cage. The Skyhawks finished with a 19-12 advantage for shots in the contest, with a 20-3 margin for penalty corners. Senior Kori Huffman posted nine stops in the American International goal.

No. 6 Bloomsburg 3, Slippery Rock 1

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- For the second time in a week, Bloomsburg earned a bit of revenge for an early season loss, this time by knocking off visiting Slippery Rock 3-1 at Sports Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The victory gave the Huskies (8-4, 4-1 PSAC) their fourth consecutive triumph and avenged a 3-2 loss at Slippery Rock (6-8, 2-4 PSAC) on Sept. 18.

Megan Eppley earned the victory with three saves for Bloomsburg.

The hosts held a 15-7 edge in shots for the game and also earned 11 penalty corners to The Rock's seven.

Carlee Dumars made 10 saves for The Rock.

No. 9 Merrimack 5, St. Anselm 0

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. -- Guided by a four-point performance from both seniors Jessica Otis and Candace Waldie, and an impressive effort by the backline and sophomore goalkeeper Madison Davis, ninth-ranked Merrimack posted a 5-0 shutout victory on the road against Saint Anselm on Tuesday night at Grappone Stadium.

The Warriors used two first-half markers to build a two-goal lead before striking for back-to-back goals a minute apart early in the second stanza to set the tone for the contest.

Waldie opened it up at 6:41 after hopping on a shot from sophomore Christine Zubkus that ricocheted off the left post and burying it. Less than 10 minutes later, Otis ripped in her eighth tally of the season to finish off a penalty corner, with Zubkus and sophomore Katrina Squeri earning assists.

Despite holding a 7-2 edge in shot attempts in the opening stanza, Merrimack would be held in check the rest of the way while Saint A's was kept in check by the Warrior defense.

Early in the second half, Squeri picked up a loose ball on a scrum inside the circle and punched in her seventh marker of the year at 40:24 to make it a three-goal game, and about a minute later, Waldie received a long pass from Otis and found the back of the cage for her second of the night and 14th of the season to make it 4-0. Finally, junior Katie Bishop registered her first collegiate goal on a penalty corner, with Otis and Zubkus posting assists on the play, to wrap things up.

No. 10 Bentley 2, Franklin Pierce 1

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Second-half goals from seniors Lisa Giorgetti and Colleen Moran propelled Bentley, the tenth-ranked team in Division II, to a 2-1 win against Franklin Pierce in Northeast-10 Conference action at Bentley on Tuesday night.

Both goals came following penalty corners, and each was assisted by freshman Tori Ellis. Giorgetti's, her first of the season and second career, came with 27:56 left in regulation, and Moran made it a two-goal game when she netted her fourth of the season with 13:30 remaining.

That goal proved necessary when sophomore Erin Trainor spoiled the shutout bid of sophomore Katie Kelley with only 5.5 seconds to play.

Kelley made three saves, including a stop of a penalty strike midway through a scoreless opening half in which the visiting Ravens (1-11, 0-6 NE-10) controlled play. At the intermission, Franklin Pierce had seven of the game's ten shots and a 3-2 edge in penalty corners.

Penalty corners were reversed in the second half, and Bentley (8-5, 2-3 NE-10) had a 5-3 advantage in shots.