Seniors Abby Mack, Bridget Hufnagel and Brianna Logana walked across the field with their families prior to the Senior Day game last Wednesday. They were celebrating their college careers that would soon come to an end, and were reflecting upon the good times and the bad that they had experienced as Marauders. Of course, they were hoping to add to that celebration by getting the win but Mack would accomplish something that would make the day even sweeter.
“There was a big buildup of anticipation before the game. I was still trying to grasp the idea that this was my senior day and I was the one that would be walking across the field, listening to them call my name and announce my 4 years of accomplishments as an athlete,” recalls Mack. “But at the start of the 60 minutes, as a team, we had nothing on our minds but to come out with a win. And that’s exactly what we did!”
Mack would have a hand in ten of Millersville’s 16 goals as they handled the visiting Kutztown Golden Bears, with a score of 16-3. The Pasadena, Md. native scored one goal but her nine assists broke the record for most assists in a game. “I had no idea that I had even broken the record until after the game when we were celebrating our win in the locker room. I don’t really know how else to describe the feeling besides the fact that it just felt great! It was so humbling having all of my teammates, coaches, and the parents congratulating me!” said Mack.
“She is an incredibly hard worker and has had tremendous growth as a player for me in 4 years. I was thrilled she was able to have a breakthrough game like that and thrilled for her that her name is now in our program’s record book,” said Head Coach Mia Hall.
The Marauders scored early and often, taking a 9-0 lead before Kutztown could find the back of the net. Sophomore Sabrina Fusco and Junior Renee Landis led the onslaught with four goals apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Bryana Weston-Wyatt also had a big day with 13 saves, making some stops at key moments allowing Millersville to keep momentum and taking the air out of the Golden Bear attack.
Millersville followed up that performance with another commanding victory this past as they travelled to Edinboro to take on the Fighting Scots in the snow. Edinboro was celebrating their Senior Day, which was spoiled by the Marauders as they won the contest 16-8. Mack continued to contribute to the offense by dishing out four more assists and adding a goal. Fusco led the Marauders with five goals.
Millersville continued their winning ways Tuesday, with a victory over out of conference foe Shepherd University Rams 20-16. Hufnagel led the Marauders with 7 goals in the shootout win over the Rams.
Millersville controls their destiny to the PSAC playoffs. Coach Hall noted the importance of their position. “We want to go into playoffs knowing exactly that we flat out earned a spot in the tournament.” That road continues as the Marauders visit Slippery Rock this Saturday at 1 p.m.