Mounties top Kutztown
Lacey Croasdale recorded a pair of goals while Kayla Grunza had a goal and two assists as the Mansfield University field hockey team used its offense to power past Kutztown 5-3 Saturday afternoon at Karl Van Norman Field.
Saturday was Breast Cancer Awareness day as the Mountaineer field hockey program raised over $900 for Traci's Hope through donations, t-shirt sales and raffles. Traci's Hope is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to help people diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Mountaineer offense controlled a majority of the game, holding a 24-12 shots advantage with 17 total shots on goal.
Croasdale opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a rocketed shot past the Kutztown goalie from just inside the circle. Taryn Schawillie notched her team-leading 11th goal of the season just 10 minutes later on a Grunza pass to put Mansfield up 2-0.
The Golden Bear's Anna Behm cut the Mansfield lead in half with an unassisted goal in the 32nd minute after playing her deflected shot into goal.
However, less than a minute later, Grunza streaked down the field to put the Mounties up 3-1 with an unassisted goal from 10 yards out. It marked Grunza's third goal of the season.
Croasdale recorded her second goal of the game just before halftime with another blast into the cage from just inside the circle to give the Mountaineers a 4-1 advantage.
In the second half, Behm put Kutztown on the board once more just two minutes into the half, but the Mounties responded with a Brianna Velepec goal on a long pass from Grunza to make it 5-3. The goal was Velepec's third of the year.
The Golden Bear's Megan Tiwold scored in the 59th minute, but Mansfield's lead was too much.
Schawillie threatened the Kutztown defense all game long with 11 total shots including seven on goal while Croasdale put five-of-six shots on goal.
Senior Sarah Zwick came up big with a defensive save in the game. Zwick ranks second on the team in defensive saves with nine this season.
Mansfield improves to 4-9 overall with a 1-6 PSAC mark.
The Mountaineers travel to Mercyhurst on Wednesday for a PSAC match-up.