The Millersville women’s lacrosse team finally got the bad taste from last year?s 13-12 loss against East Stroudsburg out of their mouths on Saturday when the two were pitted up against each other once again. It took lots of mouthwash-gargling, mint-munching and a 7-goal game from sophomore Hannah Vogel, but it was eventually relinquished with a 21-15 victory.
On Millersville’s Senior Day, a career-high seven goals by Vogel propelled the Marauders (7-4, 3-4 PSAC) to a win over the Warriors (1-10, 0-7 PSAC) for the first time in the last six tries, which included two one-score heartbreakers. The spiteful Millersville team intended for a blowout, but their quest didn’t quite come into fruition in the early stages of the afternoon game.
For the first 13 minutes, Millersville and ESU traded goal after goal, tying at 4-4 with just under 17 minutes to play in the first half. Vogel tacked on her first two goals, and junior Brooke Fisher joined the fun with one of her own.
From there, it took a turn for the worse for the Marauders as ESU started to separate themselves. Four straight goals were scored against Millersville goalie Lauren Mateja in the next eight minutes. The Sarahs of ESU took over. Sarah Ginn and Sarah Studdiford of the Warriors scored a goal-a-piece with Ginn adding an assist on top of the attack.
Millersville shoved back, though, in the next four minutes, rebutting with three goals – two more from Fisher, another by Vogel, as they watched their season totals grow by the minute.
As the clock wound down, putting the first half to rest, the scoreboard read 9-9. As far as Millersville was concerned, though, the buzzer served as an alarm clock for Vogel and company in the latter half. After a quick goal by Ginn, her 25th on the season and 3rd point of the game, the Marauders sprung to a 12-1 scoring run.
The usual suspects were Vogel, accumulating three more, Fisher, adding one more to her total of 5; but others piled on as well.
Ashley Henderson scored two consecutive goals in the 5th and 6th minute. These scores came after she reached the 100-point mark of her career with an assist in the first half. Sophomore Caitlin Shannon showed why she was the third-leading scorer on the squad, only behind Fisher and Vogel – how fitting… – by piling on a hat-trick as the clock wounded down to 10 minutes remaining.
From then on, it was a matter of keeping the cap on the Warriors, who suddenly found themselves down 21-11.
Ginn’s effort wasn’t enough as she tallied yet another point with an assist with 7:23 left in the match. Although the goal sparked a 4-0 run until the clock read 0:0, it wasn’t enough as they still fell short by 6.
At the end of the day, Millersville had survived a game a bit too close for comfort. Nevertheless, Vogel’s total goals soared to 30, still remaining behind Fisher’s 34, thanks to their solid collaborative performance. Plus, Millersville notched their seventh win, which is a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2008.
With the win behind them, the Marauders continue their journey to a possible postseason appearance. What would be the first playoffs visit since 2006, they are certainly heading into the right direction: with Saturday’s victory, Millersville landed themselves in sixth place in the PSAC, tied with Bloomsburg – an opponent who conveniently is scheduled against Millersville in the final game of the regular season.