By RONALD HANAKI
West Chester senior forward Rachal Toppi scored two goals, and junior midfielder Kaitlyn Hatch added another goal to power the Golden Rams past ESU’s Field Hockey team 3-0 at Shippensburg University’s Robb Sports Complex.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, they fell behind early. Toppi scored her first goal in the 11th minute, and Hatch scored her goal in the 21st minute of the first half to make the score 2-0 West Chester at halftime.
Toppi would add another goal in the 64th minute to secure the championship for the Golden Rams.
Both Toppi and Hatch were named PSAC Field Hockey Athletes of the Week earlier in the season.
West Chester outshot ESU 9-6, but the Warriors held a slight 5-4 edge in penalty corners over the Golden Rams.
On Monday, it was announced that ESU was the No. 2 seed in the country and the top seed in the Atlantic Region. The NCAA gave the Warriors a first round bye, and ESU (17-4, 8-2) will play the winner of No. 3 Shippensburg (14-4, 9-1) and No. 6 Stonehill (13-6, 10-2) in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 17.
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