Shippensburg field hockey rallies for win

The Shippensburg University field hockey team rallied Friday with a fourth-quarter, game-tying goal and an overtime goal to defeat Millersville, 2-1, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Field Hockey semifinal on a sunny afternoon at Robb Sports Complex. 

Shippensburg (17-0) got its goals from PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year and All-PSAC First Team defender graduate Caitlyn Wink (Princess Anne, Md./Delmar) and PSAC Athlete of the Year and All-PSAC First Team midfielder senior Jazmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia).

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How it happened

After a scoreless first half, Millersville (15-4) opened the third quarter with a goal on a penalty corner by All-PSAC First Team forward Hannah Brown. A pass from All-PSAC Third Team defender Ashlynn Lennon set up Brown’s goal.

It marked the first time since the second game of the season that Shippensburg trailed at any point; and the goal ended a six-game shutout streak for the Raiders that lasted 396:30.

The Raiders responded in the fourth quarter from a back-stick rebound goal from Wink – her third goal of the season. An initial shot by senior Jenna Sluymer (Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands/Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp) was saved by All-PSAC First Team goalkeeper Kerstin Koons. That led to the rebound by Wink that she lofted over the keeper and just inside the left post.

After 60 minutes of play, the Raiders faced their second overtime of the year. SU also went to overtime with Kutztown on Oct. 9.

SU earned a corner just over three minutes into overtime. Sluymer sent a pass to Petrantonio for the golden goal. That came after a MU false start gave the Raiders a 5-on-2 advantage on the corner.

Shippensburg finished with a 14-3 advantage in shots on goal and a 15-4 advantage in corners. Koons made a career-high 11 saves for Millersville and the Marauders also got a defensive save from Caroline Griffin. Freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Tripodo (Gibbsboro, N.J./Eastern Regional) had two saves for the Raiders.

What’s next

Shippensburg field hockey hosts West Chester at 1 p.m. Sunday in the PSAC Field Hockey Championship game at Robb Sports Complex.

Championship photos by Bill Amith/ Shippensburg University

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