Shippensburg University’s No. 2 field hockey team was defeated 4-1 by No. 4 Kutztown University, ending their school record winning streak.
SU lost their first home game since November 5, 2019, against Millersville University in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) quarterfinals in double overtime.
The Raiders outshot the Golden Bears 18-8 and had an 8-4 penalty corner advantage, but were still only able to muster one goal in the contest.
KU scored two from penalty corners and got a third goal with just five seconds remaining in the second period to take a 3-0 lead into half.
Early in the third period the Golden Bears scored again to make it 4-0. Senior Merel Hoekstra scored a goal with just under two minutes remaining in the game to create the final 4-1 scoring margin.
The Raiders returned to their winning ways on Saturday as they defeated No. 9 Mansfield University 3-1.
SU had to play from behind for the second game in a row, as MU got on the board first with two minutes left in the first half.
However, thirty seconds into the second half sophomore Tess Jedeloo tied the game on a tight reverse hit thanks to an assist from fellow sophomore Mya Kemp.
Shippensburg took control in the final frame, getting a goal from sophomore Chloe Prettyman and freshman Lilly Cantabene to put the game away.
Prettyman’s goal came first and came off an assist from Cantabene, who drew MU goalkeeper August Lewis away from the net.
Cantabene was rewarded for her unselfishness five minutes later when she was able to sneak a shot past Lewis into the right side.
The Raiders turned up the heat on defense in the second half, not allowing Mansfield to attempt a shot after they took 13 in the first half. Mansfield still had a 7-4 penalty corner advantage but Shippensburg finished with a 12-11 shots on goal advantage.
The Raiders will travel to No. 1 West Chester University on Wednesday for a battle between the top two ranked teams in the PSAC, starting at 4 p.m.