The Shippensburg University lacrosse team dropped Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) games against Millersville University and Seton Hill University last week at Robb Sports Complex by scores of 15–12 and 18–10.
Tuesday’s battle against Millersville was close throughout, as neither team led by more than four goals at any point.
SU (4–6, 2–4 PSAC) arguably won the statistical battle, taking 25 shots on goal to the Marauders’ 23. The Raiders also recorded fewer turnovers (16) compared to MU’s 20.
The Raiders held the lead for most of the first 10 minutes of action before Millersville tied the score at three, with 20:50 remaining in the first half. The Marauders then scored four consecutive goals and held the Raiders scoreless for over 20 minutes to take a 6–4 lead into halftime.
SU kept it close in the second half, scoring eight goals to Millersville’s nine behind multiple second-half goals from sophomore Alana Cardaci and freshman Sydney Costanza.
The Raiders got one goal apiece from four different players — junior Kami Holt, senior Madi Newman and freshmen Hannah Seifried and Gabby Savarino. Sophomore Jena MacDonald contributed a season-high four assists.
Senior Valerie Hertz is on the verge of making Raider history. The senior defender’s four groundballs pushed her career total to 204, making her one of only three players in program history with more than 200 career groundballs. Hertz needs just three groundballs to move into second place on the all-time list.
The Raiders struggled in their Saturday contest against Seton Hill, finding themselves trailing 4–0 after just eight minutes of action. The Griffins widened their lead to 9–2 before an SU scoring streak at the end of the first half made the score 9–5 at intermission.
Cardaci netted four more goals and tacked on two assists to record her fourth consecutive hat trick. The sophomore’s 36 goals are ranked fourth in the PSAC.
Savarino and Holt each scored twice against the Griffins. MacDonald notched three more assists, moving her to fifth in the PSAC with a season total of 20.
The Raiders are back in action Wednesday for a road game against the conference’s second-place West Chester University Golden Rams.