Late goal lifts No. 3 IUP past Mansfield 3-2 in PSAC West field hockey
Taryn Schawillie and Brianna Velepec each scored goals for Mansfield but Chelsea Wanamaker scored what would prove to be the winning goal with just over a minute remaining to rally No. 3 IUP to a 3-2 win over the Mountaineers in a PSAC West contest Saturday afternoon at Spaulding Field.
The game was crisply played by both teams despite wet and blustery conditions.
Mansfield carried much of the action early in the game with junior Taryn Schawillie setting the tone by scoring the first goal of the afternoon just a minute into the game off a rebound from her own shot in front of the goal. It was Schawillie's 10th goal of the season and 38th career goal which ranks third in school history behind Gretchen Reschke (1999-02) and Kristi Swartz (1999-2002) each scored 43 goals in their careers.
IUP (12-2, 7-0 PSAC West) got its first goal in the 18th minute with Anouk Sickman connected on a strong shot just inside the top of the circle off a penalty corner. Brielle Mackey was credited with the save.
After the first half ended in a 1-1 tie, Mansfield retook the lead with junior Brianna Velepec scoring her team-high 11th goal of the season 10 minutes into the second half off an assist from sophomore Lacey Croasdale.
IUP tied the game at 2-2 twelve minutes later when Nicole Bruce found the back of the net off a long breakaway with an assist from Paige Mosner.
With just over a minute to play, Chelsea Wanamaker gained control of the ball in the left side of the Mansfield circle and lifted the ball high into the air and over the head of Mountaineer goalie Kristie Rollman for a 3-2 IUP lead.
But Mansfield wasn't done and pressed the attack into IUP territory with Velepec getting a shot on goal with 20 seconds remaining only to be denied on a defensive save by Casey McGowan. Mansfield got a penalty corner on the play and the Mountaineers Croasdale got a shot off in the final two seconds but it was stopped by Brittany Varacallo as time expired.
IUP got off 23 shots to Mansfield's 13 with Mountaineer goalie Kristie Rollman being credited with 12 saves.
Mansfield falls to 4-9 overall and remains winless in the PSAC West with a 0-6 mark. The loss puts the Mountaineers three games behind Slippery Rock (3-3) for third place and the final playoff spot in the PSAC West with four conference games remaining.
Mansfield host Seton Hill in a key PSAC West matchup on Tuesday.