SU sports: Undefeated Raiders rule over the Rock

The undefeated Raiders field hockey team ruled over Slippery Rock in its last Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup of the season Saturday with a 5-0 win over The Rock on a cloudy afternoon at Robb Sports Complex.

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How it happened

Shippensburg (16-0, 10-0 PSAC) got a hat trick and an assist from senior Jenna Sluymer (Nieuw-Vennep, The Netherlands/Haarlemmermeer Lyceum, Hoofddorp), who scored all three of her goals off penalty corners. Senior Jazmin Petrantonio (Saenz Pena, Argentina/Colegio Nuestra Senora de la Misericordia) had a goal and an assist, and graduate Tori Albright (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry (UConn) added two assists.

SU got a goal from freshman Valu Paul (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Instituto La Salle Florida) and an assist from graduate Anna Gruber (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch).

For the second straight game, Sluymer opened the scoring with a natural hat trick. It marked her fifth career hat trick and extended her single-season career high to 23 goals. Petrantonio assisted on the first Sluymer goal, and Albright assisted the next two.

Petrantonio extended her single-season school record for goals in the third quarter with her 34th of the year off an assist from Gruber. With three seconds left in the third quarter, Paul took an aerial pass from senior Maddie Reuther (West Chester, Pa./B. Reed Henderson), dribbled into space, and rocketed a shot high in the cage. 

Slippery Rock (7-9, 4-6) goalkeeper Grace Burker had eight saves. The Raiders shot 13 times on goal and had 18 penalty corners.

The undefeated Raiders concluded its regular season with Saturday’s win, marking the first time since 2013 that the team finished conference play without a loss. It’s the fifth time in school history that SU has completed the conference schedule undefeated, without a loss.

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Undefeated Raiders to host championships

Shippensburg will host the 2021 PSAC Field Hockey Championships Friday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 7, at Robb Sports Complex. The Raiders will play in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. Friday against an opponent to be determined.

More information about the tournament will be announced this week at the Raiders website.

Photos by Bill Smith/Shippensburg University