After being outscored 23-53 in their last three games, the Millersville lacrosse team (5-5) found themselves in another predicament on Saturday against out-of-conference foe Shepherd (7-4). After having their four-goal lead ripped out from under them, the Marauders were about to land face-first into overtime.
That was until Hannah Vogel saved the day—for the fifth time.
With already four goals scored over the course of the game, Vogel found herself in the position to tally her fifth on the day as an opportunity arose for a potential game-winner. Off of a crucial clear from Millersville, Vogel weaved in and out of the opponent’s defense with less than 30 seconds to play. Sneaking up on the right side of the goal, she slipped past her fifth and final score of the game, putting Shepherd to sleep, 15-14.
Vogel ended up with a season-high six points in the win, boosting Millersville out of a hole after losing five of its last six games. After starting out the spring season on a three-game winning streak, the Marauders have leaned on offensive powerhouses like Vogel and senior Brooke Fisher to try and keep them afloat.
Fisher, adding onto her team-leading 40 goals in 2014, had four of the Marauders’ score of 15 off of just six shot attempts. She also contributed four draw controls. Other than veterans Vogel and Fisher, newcomer Hannah Corcoran joined in on the offensive surge with a hat trick of her own.
Before joining Millersville as a freshman attacker, Corcoran had a successful career at Conestoga Valley, where she received varsity letters each of her four years, as well as being named a Section-II All-Star in three of those four. As a top-three scorer in the league in her final season in high school, she also made the Central Pa. Women’s National Tournament Team.
With the hat trick on Saturday, it may serve as foreshadowing for some impressive numbers to come in the future—and that’s just one freshman.
Renee Landis, another fresh face, has already solidified herself as a top scorer on the team with 18. A tri-level athlete in high school, she surely has the athleticism to stay in the mix as one of the top Marauder attackers for years to come. She proved that by netting two balls right before the half to shoot the Marauders out to a 7-5 lead.
After the intermission, it was up to Millersville’s defense and goalie Kaitlin Crouthamel to close out the game, albeit what turned out to be an arduous task against the reinvigorated Rams.
Starting with a quick score 15 ticks into the second period, Shepherd’s offense sparked to a 5-2 run as they usurped the lead from the Marauders, 10-9. After Millersville fought back with five unanswered goals over the following six minutes of play, Crouthamel was again tested with a foursome of goals that hooked the Rams back into a tie game.
All-in-all, Crouthamel’s efforts were enough to slip past Shepherd, thanks to Vogel’s swooping in at the end to clinch a Marauder victory. Millersville’s keeper repelled 14 of Shepherd’s 36 shots, which was her third highest career total.
With an exhilarating win now under their belts, this could be the impetus for a turnaround from the Marauders’ recent cold streak. Now back at .500, Millersville’s next challenge is on April 9, at 4 p.m., when they host Kutztown University on Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium.