Lakers field hockey shuts down ninth-ranked Mounties

The Mercyhurst College field hockey team posted its fourth win this season with a 3-0 win over the ninth-ranked Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

The fifth-ranked Lakers improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

After coming off a loss to Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, the Lakers were ready to get back to their winning ways.

“We went out there with an attitude to uphold our reputation; we have high standards on our team,” said senior captain Lauren Rinaca.

The Lakers struck first when senior Kristen Fogle scored on a penalty shot late in the first half.

A little under seven minutes later, sophomore Rachel Sluberski sneaked one in with less than 10 minutes left in the half.
Junior Kim Seier said that there was a sense of urgency to play hard for the seniors.

“We are a tight-knit team and have a lot of seniors, and this is their last shot at getting a title. We’re all playing hard to get them there,” Seier said.

The Lakers jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half and did not look back from there.

The third and final goal of the game came from senior Emily Warren, who spotted the goal into the upper corner of the net off of a rebound.

The Lakers dominated the game from beginning to end, leading shots on goal 16 to 7. Sophomore goalie Ashley Wiskup shut down Mansfield, stopping seven shots in her third career shutout.

The Lakers are playing well but continued to struggle with the penalty corner, trailing Mansfield 12-8 in total corners. The Lakers trail their season opponents 58-24 on penalty corners.

The Lakers next match up against Seton Hill University on Wednesday, Sept. 16 and East Stroudsburg University on Saturday, Sept. 19, kicking off a six-game road trip.