Field Hockey starts winning streak anew with second straight shutout

Ryan Woerner
Sports Editor

Heading into Sunday afternoon’s matchup against visiting Bellarmine, it seemed as though the Marauders would have a good chance at starting their win streak anew. About 70 minutes and 27 shots later, Millersville saw itself on the positive side of a 4-0 shutout.
After suffering the first—and thus far only—minor blip of the season, falling 2-1 to no. 3 ranked Shippensburg on a last season heartbreaker last Tuesday, the Marauders came out firing on all cylinders against the Knights.

Lauren Gerhart followed up her four point performance Saturday with a goal and an assist Sunday.
Lauren Gerhart followed up her four point performance Saturday with a goal and an assist Sunday.

Coming off of a very similar 4-0 win over Seton Hill on Saturday, goalkeeper Lauren Sotzin recorded her seventh shutout of the season. Sotzin has allowed the opposing team to reach the back of the net in just four of the team’s 12 games this season, leading to an impressive 0.49 goals allowed per game.
For the second consecutive game four different Marauders managed to score a goal. Katelyn Zapp and Lauren Gerhart, each of whom scored against Seton Hill also scored goals against Ballarmine on Sunday. Also adding goals on the afternoon were Champayne Hess and Olivia Hershey.
Both teams remained quiet for the first 26 minutes of the game, neither able to notch a goal despite opportunities for both teams. Just past the 26 minute mark Zapp was able to score her team-best 10th goal of the season, thanks in part to an assist by Lauren Gerhart.
Gerhart wasted no time adding a goal to her stat sheet for the afternoon when she blasted the ball past Knights goalie Lara Williams just three minutes later. The goal was Gerhart’s third of the season, while defender Rachel Dickinson tallied her sixth assist of the season off of a penalty corner shot.
The Marauders headed into the half up 2-0, but wasted little time adding some insurance to the lead. Just under eight minutes into the second half Champayne Hess scored her eighth goal of the season, this one coming off of a deflection. The shot by Dickinson was deflected by Katelyn Zapp, then again by Hess into the goal, crediting Zapp with the assist.
The fourth and final goal of the afternoon came roughly 25 minutes later when Olivia Hershey took control of a rebound off the Knights goalie and fired it into the net for her third goal of the season, solidifying the Marauders 11th win of the season, and second straight.
fieldhockeyscorebackThe Marauders took control of the game on Gerhart’s goal and never relinquished, outplaying—and outshooting—the Knights throughout. Millersville’s 27 shots, 13 of which were on goal, far outmatched Ballarmine’s six and four.
Up next for the Marauders is a tough matchup at No. 2 West Chester on Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Last time these two teams faced one another the Marauders snatched a win in double overtime by a score of 3-2.