Millersville Upsets No. 6 Lock Haven in PSAC Stunner
from press release
MILLERSVILLE, Pa. – Junior Lauren Mateja made a career-high 16 saves to lead Millersville to a 12-10 upset over No. 6 Lock Haven on Saturday at Chryst Field at Biemsderfer Stadium. It was the Marauders first victory over the Bald Eagles since 2004.
Lock Haven (1-3, 0-1 PSAC) tied the game at 8-8 with 14:48 remaining in regulation on a goal by Chelsea Borrino. The Bald Eagles had trailed since the 26:39 minute mark in the first half when they tied the game at 1-1. Millersville's (4-2, 1-0 PSAC) largest lead was at 7-3 in the first half, but Lock Haven closed the gap to 7-5 at the break.
Sophomore Caitlin Shannon scored her third goal of the game with 11:02 remaining to give the Marauders the lead back, up 9-8. Shannon beat the lone defender and found herself one-on-one with Lock Haven's goalkeeper for the goal.
Less than a minute later, sophomore Brooke Fisher earned a free position shot for a chance to give Millersville a two-goal advantage. Fisher drove in and fired top shelf for her second free-position goal and third goal of the game to put the Marauders on top 11-9 with 10 minutes to play.
Lock Haven, like it had all second half, responded with another goal to cut Millersville's lead to 11-10 with 6:09 left in regulation. Kate McKague found Kelly Hamilton in front of the net for her first goal of the afternoon.
Millersville got an insurance goal from junior Ashley Henderson two minutes later. Henderson, the team's leading scorer, was without a shot until the goal. Shannon found Henderson streaking toward the net for the Marauders 12th goal of the contest.
The Marauder's offense stepped up with their leading scorer held in check, but their goaltending was even bigger.
Mateja faced a free position attempt with 3:25 remaining and a 12-10 lead. Lock Haven's Elyse Fisher fired high and Mateja snagged it with her net.
With the final seconds winding down, the Bald Eagles rushed the offensive zone one last time. Kayleigh Johnson fired a point-blank shot that Mateja caught and threw towards midfield as the final second ticked off the clock giving the Marauders the 12-10 victory.
Millersville entered the contest with 11-game drought against Lock Haven dating back to the 2004 season. First-year head coach Mia Hall led the Marauders to their first win to open conference play since the 2008 season and to their fourth-straight win.
Mateja finished the game with a career-high 16 saves, including several crucial stops on what looked to be sure goals for the Bald Eagles. Mateja also stopped all three Lock Haven free position attempts
Fisher and Shannon each finished with a game-high three goals, while Fisher picked up the game winner.
Kathryn Kehring and Karen Illuminati both added two goals, and Hannah Vogel collected a game-high three assists with a goal. Millersville registered a season-high five assists in the contest.
The Marauders look to push their streak to five games on Saturday, March 24 when they travel to Indiana (Pa.) for a 4 p.m. start. Millersville returns home on April 3 for a matchup with No. 7 West Chester.
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