After a few tough games last week, Millersville turned it up a notch this week.
Conquering C.W. Post and crushing Seton Hill, the Marauders made sure to maintain the respect they have had thus far in the 2009 season.
Unfortunately, they came short against Mansfield on Sunday.
They will now only continue to turn the intensity up as they reach some of the harder teams of the PSAC division in the coming weeks.
Brushing the dust off from a three game losing streak, the Marauders faced C.W. Post ready to dominate.
Only three minutes into the game, junior Emily Woodland connected a pass to senior Kristie Testa on a penalty corner, sending a shot right in the cage.
Twenty-one minutes into the game, the pioneers answered back with a goal; going into halftime 1-1.
Both teams came back into the second half fired up and ready to go. C.W. Post took off with force, finding the cage 12 minutes into the second half.
The Marauders were awarded a penalty stroke almost immediately after.
Senior Krista Bupp, who had been injured was able to come onto the field and work her magic, sending the ball right past the goalkeeper.
In the final minutes of the game, freshmen Melissa McCarthy and Ashley Webber sealed the deal for the Marauder win, each putting the ball in the cage for a 4-2 win over the C.W. Post Pioneers.
The matchup against Seton Hill was an offensive domination.
The Marauders had no mercy, outshooting Seton Hill 32-7.
Freshman Brittany Anderson and Kristie Testa each tallied two goals.
Melissa McCarthy, freshman Lauri Blessing, freshman Paige Morrison, Ashley Weber, and junior Jessica Cave all rushed the goal in the duration of the game, adding up to the Marauder’s 9-0 win over Seton Hill.
Coach Shelley Behrens spoke of the Lady Marauder’s performance, ” I am very pleased. Day-to-day, week-to-week, we are very consistent with our performance. We have 12 new people and we are playing great at a high level.”
Mansfield brought their “A” game in Sunday’s game on the road.
Unfortunately, Millersville started on their heels as Mansfield pounded the cage twice in the first half; going into overtime down 2-0.
The Mountaineers kept their intensity going in the second half, as they found the goal again only four minutes into the half.
Without wasting anymore time, sophmore Emily Manwiller took a pass from Cave and found a hole into the cage, putting the game at 3-1.
The Marauders were now in the game full force.
Ten minutes later, senior Nicole Rayson took the ball up field, past the defenders, and right into the goal; closing the gap at 3-2. The Marauders edged in.
Unfortunately, this was not enough. The Mountaineers drove the ball right past the Marauders goalie and capped the game at 4-2.
According to results, the Marauders have had a few slip ups in the past weeks, but they are definitely no joke.
They have one of the hardest schedules.
“We have stepped up as a team. We’re definitely not over our heads. Polls mean little at this stage, we just have to have faith and focus on each game,” explained Coach Behrens on the games against the top teams.
Next week, the Marauders will face Slippery Rock on Saturday away and Shippensburg at home on Tuesday.