PSAC’s top teams face off in nationals

PSAC’s top field hockey teams face off tomorrow in the 2021 NCAA Division II National Championship Semifinals. The game is played at Millersville University’s Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium.

Shippensburg University (#1) faces rival East Stroudsburg (#4); and the winner advances to Sunday’s national championship game.

Friday marks the second meeting of the season between Shippensburg (18-0) and East Stroudsburg (16-4). The Raiders won PSAC’s regular-season matchup, 3-1, on Sept. 29.

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It is the first meeting between the two teams in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Tournament since the 2018 national championship game. Shippensburg claimed that contest 1-0 in overtime; on a tipped-in goal by Emily Stauffer and an assist by Adrienne McGarrigle (Lititz, Pa./Warwick).

It is the first national semifinal meeting between the two teams since 2017, a game which Shippensburg won 2-1 in Louisville.

Shippensburg is 14-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament; and the Raiders have won four NCAA Division II national titles: 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. SU is seeking to become the first team since the 2012 West Chester Golden Rams to win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championship and the NCAA Division II National Championship in the same season. The Raiders are also hope to become the first team to win a national championship with an undefeated record since Bloomsburg in 2006.

Friday marks the tenth career postseason meeting between Shippensburg and East Stroudsburg.