April 6, 2011

Shippensburg Upsets No. 13 Bloomsburg

from press release

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The Shippensburg University women’s lacrosse team dominated the second half of Wednesday afternoon’s conference matchup with No. 13 Bloomsburg and scored the only two goals of the overtime session to achieve an 8-6 victory over the Huskies – putting SU in position to fight for a playoff berth.

Shippensburg (6-5, 3-4 PSAC) was able to operate at a deliberate pace Wednesday due to its dominance in the circle. SU finished with a 15-3 advantage in draw controls – a crucial margin that allowed the Raiders to not only dictate the tempo but also limit the scoring chances for the Huskies.

Senior Karen Schnurr got SU on the scoreboard with two goals in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the contest. Schnurr leads the Raiders with 25 goals through 11 games.

Bloomsburg (6-6, 3-4 PSAC), however, held the Raiders off the scoreboard for the remainder of the first half. Sam King recorded a natural hat trick and Sam Mazzie added another to put the Huskies up 4-2 at intermission.

Shippensburg flipped the script after halftime, keeping Bloomsburg off the scoreboard until just 4 minutes 37 seconds were left in the second half. SU got goals from four different players: junior Jessica Schubach, sophomore Lindsey Kennedy, freshman Liz French and freshman Bennett Widlake – to take a 6-4 lead with 19 minutes 6 seconds remaining in regulation.

Goals from King and defender Amber Schifflett – the latter coming with just 23 seconds left on the clock – sent the game into overtime. SU was unfazed by the late tally – re-establishing control in overtime by preventing the Huskies from taking a shot in the extra session and controlling three of the four draws.

Widlake scored both of SU’s overtime goals – with assists from Kennedy and Schnurr – to put the final margin in SU’s favor.

Both goaltenders were excellent in Wednesday’s contest. Junior Meghan Kearney made seven saves and picked up three groundballs in the win. Bloomsburg’s Sara Bates made nine saves in defeat.

French continues to emerge as an exciting player with her all-around contributions. In addition to her goal, French controlled six draws, recorded two caused turnovers and picked up two groundballs. Schnurr had three draw controls and Schubach recorded two along with three groundballs.

Shippensburg begins a four-game road trip on Saturday at East Stroudsburg. The match will begin at 1 p.m. ESU currently holds the sixth and final playoff spot in the conference while SU and Bloomsburg sit one game behind the Warriors.

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