Throughout the last 365 days there have been a lot of memorable moments in Shippensburg University sports.
Some of these moments had the SU athletes and fans excitement at the highest level while others simply left them in dismay.
Memorable moments have occurred on the SU campus while others occurred many miles away.
Despite what moment comes to mind everyone knows of one memorable moment from an SU sports event that will last a while.
In the final edition of the Hot Corner for 2014 Ryan, Perry and Brendan present their most memorable moments in SU sports from this past year.
The memorable moment that stands out in my mind is when SU field hockey star Bre White scored the game winning goal in the NCAA national championship on Nov. 24.
White was awarded a penalty stroke just over five minutes into overtime. The game was in her hands, ready for her and the Raiders to finally capture the national title. A title they had been fighting for the entire year.
White stepped up to the ball and delivered a shot that snuck in-between the opposing goalies hand and leg, winning the game for the Raiders.
If you put that whole sequence into perspective, all of the weight on her shoulders, it is crazy how much that one moment meant.
For the national title, the all-mighty trophy to be sitting in her hands and for her to capitalize on it just sends chills down your spine.
White had such a memorable year the season before, but the Raiders fell short of a national championship. In 2014 she had an equally as impressive season and the Raiders fulfilled their goal.
The moment that White converted that penalty stroke was, without a doubt, the most memorable moment in SU sports in the last year and I was not even at the game.
I’m going to cheat a little here. The moment I picked happened on May 19, 2013 and was part of a season that will be referenced in history as part of the 2012-13 academic year. But it did happen within a year of this being published and the academic year was already over. Plus Ryan said I could, so here we go.
Pat Kregeloh’s three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning against Seton Hill in the NCAA Atlantic Regional final proved to be the game-winning hit on that sunny day in Winston-Salem, N.C., sending the Shippensburg baseball team to the College World Series
A little background is necessary to Kregeloh’s bomb.
The Raiders lost their first game in regional play to Seton Hill, who then remained unbeaten in the regional until the 19th, forcing the Raiders to beat the Griffins twice as part of the double-elimination tournament.
Kregeloh pitched in the first game of the regional on May 17th and took the loss despite eight solid innings. Two days later he threw 124 pitches in the first game against Seton Hill on the 19th to lead Shippensburg to a 10-3 win, forcing a winner-take-all game that afternoon.
Kregeloh was back to manning first base for the Raiders in game two, but Shippensburg had no luck scoring runs through the first five innings against Alex Haines, who is now a member of the Colorado Rockies organization. Haines was removed after his five innings with Seton Hill leading 2-0. In the sixth, Cal Hogan and Tyler Shover reached on errors to give Kregeloh his chance. The 0-1 delivery to Kregeloh was hit high and deep, but it appeared the Raiders slugger got under the pitch. However, the ball continued to travel and travel into the left-centerfield gap before disappearing over the wall to give SU a 3-2 lead that they would hold to make their first appearance in the College World Series since 2008.
The moment was awesome, but reflecting on everything that Kregeloh did that day made it even better. It was the perfect time for the SU star to shine bright.
My most memorable moment in SU sports over the past year was Drew Newcomer missing a 56-yard field goal in the final minutes versus West Chester University that would have potentially won the game for the Raiders on Oct. 26.
While this moment is by far one that many Raider fans don’t want to relive, it stuck out to me the most because of all that was at stake for the SU football program that day.
The Raiders jumped out to an early 14–0 lead.
The Rams countered with 21 unanswered points, all from running back Rondell White in the first half.
Quarterback Zach Zulli connected with Trevor Harman, but the point after was no good so the Raiders trailed the Rams 20-21 at halftime.
Newcomer made three consecutive field goals to take a 29-21 lead with just over ten minutes remaining in the 4th quarter but that was not enough as WCU orchestrated a 75-yard touchdown drive and added the two-point conversion to tie the game as 29-29.
Newcomer had one shot to make the go ahead field goal, but the kick came up just short of the goal posts.
The Rams had no trouble moving down the field and and ended up making a game winning field goal as time ran out in the game to beat the Raiders, 32–29.
A week earlier the Raiders pulled off an impressive win over Bloomsburg University that no one saw coming.
The win put the Raiders in perfect position to make it to the PSAC championship with a victory over WCU, but the Raiders fell just inches short.
The missed field goal was not the reason SU lost the game, there were plenty of chances that the Raiders missed. The loss is a moment that SU fans at the game, myself included, will not soon forget.