The top-ranked Lady Marauders field hockey team began the 2014 season with a bang on Friday afternoon. Millersville defeated the Lions of Lindenwood 6-0 at home on Friday afternoon. The Marauders also extended their home winning streak to ten games. They have not allowing an opposing goal at home in 537:59. The last time Millersville allowed a goal at home was on September 27, 2013.
With the win on Friday, senior goalkeeper Lauren Sotzin won her 35th game earning her a record. She also earned her 20th career shutout as Millersville goalkeeper. Her GAA lowered to 0.85 with her all time win-loss record extending to 35-12.
Millersville began scoring within the first five minutes of the first half. Senior Alicia Youtz scored Millersville’s first goal with an assist from Junior Lauren Gerhart. Senior Katelyn Zapp scored with an assists from Kayla Bixler to give the Marauders a 2-0 lead.
Redshirt senior Champayne Hess scored two of Millersville’s first half goals. Hess scored her first goal with an assist from Youtz in the 16th minute. She then scored her second goal with an assist from senior Hannah Whitman.
In the beginning of the second half, the game was delayed for two hours due to lightning. However, the lightning did not stop the Marauders’ scoring spree.
At the 49:37 mark, junior Kayla Bixler scored her first goal of the season unassisted. Senior Alicia Youtz scored her second goal of the game with assist from Champayne Hess.
Despite the 6-0 loss, junior goalkeeper Victoria Gil stop seven Millersville shots with five of them made in the first half. Millersville goalie Lauren Sotzin made three saves with two of them made in the second half.
The Marauders continue to dominate the all-time series against Lindenwood. Millersville has outscored the Lions 13-0 in their meetings with both games being the season opener. Millersville also dominated in attempted shots (19-4) and penalty corners (10-4). No penalties were committed by either team.
The Marauders will face PSAC rival Shippensburg on Tuesday, September 9 at 4:00 PM at Shippensburg University. Last season, Millersville defeated the Red Raiders to win the PSAC Championship however, Shippensburg defeated Millersville in the NCAA Division II semifinals.