Shippensburg University sports: #1 Field hockey defeats Millersville

SU’s #1 field hockey team took a 2-0 win Tuesday over #3 Millersville in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) play on a cloudy afternoon at Robb Sports Complex. 

Shippensburg (11-0, 6-0 PSAC) controlled the first half and got a second-quarter goal from senior Jasmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia) that was deflected off a Marauder defender.

Millersville (10-2, 3-2 PSAC) kept close with a career-high 10 saves from goalkeeper Kerstin Koons and defensive saves from Meredith Fagan and Kortlin Yetter. However, a diving shot from SU senior Adrienne McGarrigle (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) off a pass from freshman Nya Gilchrist (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) made it a 2-0 game eight seconds remaining.

The Raiders did not allow a penalty corner in Tuesday’s match. SU outshot the Marauders 21-3 and had eight penalty corners. Shippensburg’s defense and midfield stayed busy, keeping the Marauders mostly out of the arc and only allowing two shots on goal.

Freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Tripodo (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional), the reigning PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Week, had two challenging saves to weather a late attack by the Marauders.

Shippensburg is on the road for its next three matches, beginning 6 p.m. Saturday at Bloomsburg.

READ: SU field hockey: PSAC Athlete of Week awards

Raiders earn national awards

Jenna Sluymer

Shippensburg University senior Jenna Sluymer (Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands/Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp) is the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II Offensive Player of the Week, earning the award for the second straight week.

Sluymer scored two goals in both of Shippensburg’s wins last week – a 4-0 win over No. 2 West Chester and a 2-1 overtime win at No. 5 Kutztown. She once again scored the game-winning goals in both matches. Sluymer also extended her goal-scoring streak to a career-best seven straight games.

Lindsay Tripodo

The same day, the same organization named Shippensburg University freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Tripodo (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) its Defensive Player of the Week.

Tripodo totaled six saves last week as Shippensburg shut out No. 2 West Chester, 4-0, and dispatched No. 5 Kutztown, 2-1. Her shutout against the Golden Rams was her second solo shutout of the season.

She served as the final stop of a Shippensburg defense that allowed just one goal and eight total shots on goal over the course of two games – both against teams that were nationally ranked among the Top 5 in the country. SU also got two defensive saves from its defenders in the win over Kutztown.

In Saturday’s overtime win at Kutztown, Sluymer scored in the first quarter and caged the overtime golden goal on a penalty corner. In last Tuesday’s win over West Chester, Sluymer scored the first goal with 2:50 left in the first quarter and added another with 8:41 left in regulation.

It is Sluymer’s second career national honor, accompanying her award last week, and the fourth time this season that a Raider has been honored: Jazmin Petrantonio earned the award on Sept. 8 and Sept. 22.