Sophomore Lacey Croasdale scored the first of a three-goal second half for the Mountaineers, but No.1 Shippensburg's 3-0 first half lead was too much to overcome as Mansfield dropped a 6-3 decision in a hard-fought, physical game at Spaulding Field Saturday afternoon.

Shippensburg's (8-1, 2-1 PSAC West) Lauren Taylor wouldn't be denied in the first half as the junior recorded a hat trick to give the Lady Raiders a 3-0 halftime advantage. Ship's Ari Saytar put her team up four scores with a goal less than a minute into the second half.

However, Mansfield (3-5, 0-3 PSAC West) wouldn't go away without a fight as Croasdale scored her first goal of the season in the 38th minute. 20 seconds later the Mountaineers struck again when senior Kristy Tutorow took a Croasdale assist and cut Mansfield's deficit to just two goals.

The Raiders built their lead back to three scores after a successful Saytar penalty swipe attempt in the 40th minute to lead 5-2.

Junior Taryn Schawillie notched her 7th goal of the year in the 49th minute to cut Ship's lead to two goals once more, but Mansfield would come up just short of upsetting the top ranked team in the nation.

Senior Jamie Twist made seven saves in goal in the second half while Kayla Grunza and Sarah Zwick each recorded defensive saves.

The Raiders' Ciarra Delost held a shutout and had four saves in 57 minutes of work in goal.

Shippensburg outshot Mansfield 21-14 and held an 8-7 advantage on penalty corners.

The Mountaineer's host No. 10 Slippery Rock University on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at Spaulding Field.