Millersville’s fall sports teams showcased school spirit and sportsmanship this season. The Marauders set foundations of athletic success for seasons to come.
In September, the Millersville women’s golf team won the Ursinus Fall Invitational. Four Marauders finished in the top eight of the tournament. Freshman Hannah Yanoski and Belle Keopraseut set career lows. Yanoski shot 7-over 78 and Keopraseut shot 8-over 79. Yanoski tied for fourth while Keopraseut finished seventh in the tournament. The only team that would come close to Millersville was Alvernia University who was 28 shots off.
Millersville won the Eastern Invitational in October. Millersville won the team competition with a score of 303.
Redshirt sophomore Matt Spak earn his first medalist honors. Spak finished two-over 72. Spak completed the front nine with two birdies to finish 1-over 36.
Spak would also record the same amount of birdies as redshirt junior Corey Betham. Betham shot a four-over 74 in his first tournament of the fall season. He finished the back nine with a 39 and recovered from a double bogey on the par four, third hole on the front nine.
Sophomore Jack Devic finished fifth place with a score of 7-over 77. Senior Mitch Burns was a shot over Devic’s 84, however, he finished with a 41 on the front nine. in his first tournament of his Millersville golf career, freshman Ronnie Yanoski shot at 10-over 81, tied for seventh place at the Eastern Invitational.
The Millersville football team finish 4-7 the season. Millersville earned its highest win total since 2006. Kevin Wiggins was a standout senior. The Marauders were able to secure four victories despite starting three different quarterbacks. The Marauders recorded their fourth win against Cheney on October 28. The Marauders defeated the Wolves by a score of 59-7.
Despite going 6-9-2, the Millersville women soccer team tied 21-ranked Seton Hill 1-1 on September 22. Millersville took the early 1-0 lead in the 13th minute. Midfielder Kay Liebl scored the lone goal for the Marauders with the assist from Delaney Meadows. Seton Hill would tie the game in the second half.
The women’s volleyball team started the season with a 7-0 record. However, Millersville lost three sets to none against West Chester at Pucillo. The Marauders held on in the first two sets. However, West Chester ran away with the match in the third set. Lindsey Blevins led the Marauders in kills with 10. Erin Harman had two aces against the Golden Rams. Kelsi Ceriani had five kills and three blocks. The Marauders finished with an 18-10 record coming short of a postseason berth.
The men’s soccer team finished with a 13-5-1 record and a PSAC torment appearance. The Marauders finished the season winning 4/5 games. Chase Flickinger kicked Millersville into the postseason with two goals against Slippery Rock. Jacob Gosselin scored twice in the 34th and 35th minute. The 4-1 victory over Slippery Rock began a four-game winning streak that paved the way for Millersville to make a postseason berth. Millersville defeated Seton Hill at home in the first round of playoffs. However, they fell to Gannon University 2-0 in the second round.
Women’s cross country
On September 9, the women’s cross country team traveled to Lebanon, Pennsylvania to compete at the Dutchmen Invitational hosted by Lebanon Valley College. The Marauders placed fifth out of 14 universities and colleges.
Individually, freshman Elizabeth Rudderrow came in 26th place with a time of 21 minutes 22 seconds and 95 milliseconds. 21:22.95
Millersville had all runners finishing in the top 35. Four freshmen were amongst Millersville’s top five finishers. Freshman Alexa Happ took 27th place and finished two seconds behind Rudderrow. Senior Aniya Gibbs came in 30th with a time of 21:51.24.
Two more freshmen Julia Murphy and Yoangelys Rijo-Cedeno finished five seconds apart. Murphy finished 31st with a time of 21:51.99 while Rijo-Cedeno finished at 21:56.24.
Millersville finished with a 15-6 record. Millersville made the NCAA tournament despite not winning their conference tournament. The Marauders were number two seed in the PSAC tournament. Millersville’s highest margin of victory was a 9-0 blowout against Queens University of Charlotte on October 9. Kathleen Bishop scored four goals on six shots on goal and one assist. Erica Tarsi, Courtney Weaver, and Sol Ortiz-Kreiner scored one goal each. Goalkeeper Kylee Bair had two saves on four shots on net. The field hockey team had a nine-game winning streak midway through the season. The nine-game winning streak was snapped by the eventual national champion Shippensburg at home.
In the NCAA tournament, they won 1-0 in a shootout against St. Anselm before losing to LIU post in the NCAA tournament.
Coach Shelly Behrens amassed a huge personal milestone as she reached the 200 victory total as a head coach. Behrens has led the field hockey team to at least 15 wins over the past five season, including a national championship in 2014.
The field hockey team boasted four All-PSAC players. Senior Courtney Weaver and freshman Meredith Fagan both earned First Team All-PSAC for their defense. Junior Aliza Mizak was voted to the second team All-PSAC and Erica Tarsi earned herself a third team All-PSAC nod.