Field Hockey increases win streak to four

Millersville wins four straight including nationally ranked rival Kutztown in overtime

Jessica Beard. Photo courtesy of MUAthletics.

Tyler Helsabeck

Staff Writer

The Marauders picked up two solid wins against NO. 4 Kutztown and Slippery Rock, shutting out both opponents in each victory.

The Millersville-Kutztown matchup has long been a rivalry, as both the Marauders and the Bears were ranked in the top ten four times in each of their last seven matchups. On Saturday in Millersville, it took a full 100 minutes, but finally, after placing 19 shots on goal, Millersville’s Olivia Hershey found the back of the net to give the Marauders a 1-0 double overtime victory over No. 4 Kutztown.

As the final seconds ticked away in double OT, Hershey earned a corner to give Millersville one final chance–with time expired–to score before going to a shoot out. After 16 corners resulting in zero goals, Margaret Thorwart sent in Millersville’s 17th corner, and what resulted was the first and only goal of the game.

“I knew Margo (Thorwart) had it,” said Hershey, “I had 100 percent confidence in her.”

The goal was Hershey’s first of the season, in what was her first game back from an injury.

“I was really happy for her,” said coach Shelly Behrens, “I was glad to see her return like this.”

Millersville improved to 4-1 on the year, but it wasn’t the only victory during the course of the week for the Marauders. They also picked up in win against Slippery Rock on Wednesday.

Robyn Spatichia and Margaret Thorwart were the stars of the day against The Rock, each scoring a goal and adding an assist.

After nearly 50 minutes of scoreless action, Spatichia struck first to put Millersville in the lead. The goal opened the doors for the Marauders. Spatichia’s goal was only the second shot in the second half for Millersville, but it would not be the last in the victory for the sixth-ranked Marauders, who improved to 3-1.

Thorwart added an insurance goal seven minutes later, this one assisted by Spatichia, who had flipped the ball into scoring territory where Thorwart finished the job. The final goal came with under three minutes remaining, when Thorwart sent in a pass that was capitalized on by Kathleen Bishop, who registered her first goal of the season. Carly Castle also picked up an assist in the win.

The Marauders continued on to face off against the Golden Rams of West Chester Tuesday. The Marauders won 3-1 with the first two goals scored by Margaret Thorwart and the third goal scored by Taylor Parker.

The Marauders will stay at home to play Indiana University of Pennsylvania this Saturday in Biemesderfer Stadium.