Field hockey keeps winning record alive in win over Mansfield

Breanna Crognale
Sports Writer

The field hockey team traveled to Mansfield on Friday for a match between two members of the PSAC Eastern Division.  The Lady Marauders, ranked number seven, jumped on the Mountaineers early and did not look back as they went on to win, 2-1.  The girls got on the board at 9:10 of the first period with the play taking shape when Samantha Ruane took a shot that was blocked by Mansfield goalie Jamie Twist.  Ruane was able to control the rebound and send it past Twist into the back of the net.  It was her fourth goal of the season.
The Marauders scored again at 21:50 of the period when Nicole Cave passed the ball to Kirsten Dively who was able to blast it by the goalie into the right side of the net.  It was Dively’s second goal of the season.  The Mountaineers were able to cut their lead in half at 54:18 of the second period when Brianna Velepec was able to get the ball past Millersville goalie, Lauren Sotzin, for her ninth goal of the season.  The lady Marauders were able to blank Mansfield the rest of the way for the 2-1 win.
Millersville dominated the game with a 16-6 edge in shots which was led by Dively and Ruane.  The girls kept up the pressure all game, forcing Twist to make eight saves, the majority of which came in the first period.  Sotzin, meanwhile, had a fairly easy outing, facing two shots and only giving up the one goal.  The win puts the girls at 7-4 on the season and 3-2 in division play.  The Lady Marauder’s next game is Saturday against number two Shippensburg with the game slated to start at 2 p.m.