Number-1 ranked Shippensburg University field hockey withstood a late charge to beat Queens, 4-2, Sunday in a home game at the sunny Robb Sports Complex.
The undefeated Raiders (3-0) held on to their number 1 ranking, winning with less than five minutes remaining in the game. They had to withstand a late charge from Queens University of Charlotte to ultimately claim the victory over the visiting Royals.
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How it happened
Shippensburg (6-0), playing its second match in 24 hours, did not allow a shot until the fourth quarter. They finished with a 15-3 advantage in penalty corners. The Raiders scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to take control. One came from senior Jazmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia). Graduate Tori Albright (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry (UConn)) made the next; and senior Jenna Sluymer (Nieuw-Vennen The Netherlands/Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp) provided the third.
Queens (3-4) did not relent, scoring twice against the Raider reserves in a 1:41 span of the fourth quarter to make it a one-goal game. Cassie McKenzie scored off a corner; and Gabe Lechner dove to tip in a Molly Walter centering pass. Suddenly the score was 3-2 with 3:13 remaining.
The Raiders controlled possession for much of the final three minutes, and a goal by Petrantonio on an untimed penalty corner at the end of the match created the final 4-2 scoring margin.
Freshman Lindsay Tripodo (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) and senior Meg Thompson (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) split the time in goal for the Raiders – with Thompson working the third quarter and Tripodo in otherwise. Queens goalkeepers Marlee Geppert and Avian Thompson combined for 14 saves for the Royals.
Petrantonio, graduate Caitlyn Wink (Princess Anne, Md./Delmar) and freshman Valu Paul (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Instituto La Salle Florida) had assists for the Raiders.
Shippensburg returns to conference play Wednesday with a big match at No. 3 East Stroudsburg, winners of seven straight. The match begins at 3 p.m. at Whitenight Field.