BY RONALD HANAKI
ESU’s Women’s Lacrosse team defeated the Millersville University Marauders 13-6 for their record 13th win of the season.
With this win, the Warriors have punched their ticket to the postseason PSAC Tournament. It will be their first appearance in the conference tournament since Head Coach Xeni Barakos was a player on the team in 2011.
Before the start of the game, senior attack Lauren Green (129 career points) and junior midfielder Chessie Rahmer (102 career points) were both recognized for topping the century mark in career points.
This game was a series of scoring runs. The Warriors scored the first three goals, but the Marauders rallied with two goals of their own to pull within one goal of ESU.
But the Warriors would score the next three goals and hold a commanding 6-2 lead at halftime.
The Warriors continued to score more goals in the second half. They led Millersville 11-5 before closing out the 13-6 win.
The Warriors outshot the Marauders 32-27.
ESU also forced Millersville into committing 20 turnovers. Comparatively, the Warriors had only 11 turnovers.
Freshman goalkeeper Tatyana Petteway turned in another outstanding performance in goal. The computer science major has been a difference-maker this season. She had 14 saves for the game and leads the PSAC with a 0.534 save percentage.
ESU’s offense is ranked No. 3 in the PSAC with a 13.27 goals per game average.
Freshman Cassidy McKenna had her coming out party with four goals and one assist.
McKenna was followed by sophomore Emma Rufolo and freshman Hana Cicerelle. Both had two goals and one assist.
The trio of senior Emily Fitzsimmons, junior Alicia Stratten and sophomore T.J. Jefferis each contributed one goal and one assist.
The Warriors (13-2, 9-1) return to Whitenight Field to play IUP (10-5, 9-2) on Senior Day this Saturday. ESU will honor the fantastic four of Lauren Green, Kerry Mulcahy, Bethany Cunningham and Emily Fitzsimmons before the start of the last game of the regular season.
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