The #1-ranked Shippensburg University field hockey team established a 2-0 first-quarter lead Wednesday at No. 6-ranked East Stroudsburg; and ultimately claimed its second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) victory, posting a 3-1 win over the Warriors at Whitenight Field.
Shippensburg (7-0, 2-0 PSAC) finished with a 11-7 advantage in shots on goals and 13-10 advantage in corners. The Raiders scored after just two minutes of play from a pass from graduate Anna Gruber (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) to senior Jenna Sluymer (Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands/Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp).
With two minutes remaining in the first quarter, a penalty corner opportunity came up for the #1 ranked Raiders. Graduate Caitlyn Wink (Princess Anne, Md./Delmar) sent the ball in to graduate Tori Albright (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry (UConn)), who scored in the bottom right corner.
East Stroudsburg (7-3, 1-1) came back in the fourth quarter to decrease its deficit to one goal. In the waning moments, senior Jazmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/ Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia) scored in the bottom right corner after a penalty corner taken by senior Maddie Reuther (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson).
Freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Tripodo (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) was credited with five saves in recording the win. Freshman Merel Hoekstra (Wassenaar, The Netherlands/Rijnlands Lyceum Wassenaar) recorded her second defensive save of the season with defense on a penalty corner late in the second quarter.
ESU got seven saves from goalkeeper Amy Supey and a goal on a penalty corner from senior Becca; Heffner.
Shippensburg was back in action at 11 a.m. on Saturday hosting Mercyhurst for a conference match at Robb Sports Complex. Before the match, the Raiders honored their 12 senior players in a pre-game ceremony.