Field Hockey upsets No. 3 Millersville

Huskies score lone goal of match in double overtime

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Field Hockey upsets No. 3 Millersville

Patrick Halye

Patrick Halye

Patrick Halye

Connor McKay, Sports Editor

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The BloomU field hockey team shocked Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) foe Millersville University in double overtime on Tuesday night, with a final score of 1-0. Kristen Robinson scored the lone goal of the match off a backhand shot with 2:35 remaining in the double overtime period.
With the victory, the Huskies have improved their overall record to 5-10 and are now on a two-game win streak. Their standing in PSAC play has also improved to 2-5, putting them right back into the playoff picture as they are now a mere one game behind Millersville and the Crimson Hawks from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Following their loss, the Marauders now sit at an overall record of 11-4, and 3-4 in the conference.

The poor weather conditions led to a sluggish first half for both the Huskies and Marauders. Pressure had been placed upon the junior goalkeeper Hannah Harnard, who played in the third and fourth quarters along with the two additional overtime periods.
Her performance during the game saw a tremendous 15 saves and in doing so, saw her record this season improve 2-3 (boasting the most saves during a shutout performance in the league this year).
Barnard was also tied for the third-highest single-game save total in the PSAC this season.
Barnard’s defensive effort was pivotal in the win for the Huskies as her goals-against average was lowered to 1.05 and her save percentage increased to .883 for the year, a PSAC-best.
The game really started to pick up as both teams entered the first overtime. Despite an opportunity to finish the game from both teams, it was the defensive fronts that caused the standstill.
Senior Willow Perkins was able to break the pressure from the Marauders and intercepted a pass attempt and entered into a 1-on-1 breakaway that was swatted by the Millersville defense.
The shooting opportunity then fell onto the Marauder offense, whose lead scorer was stopped by an incredible slide tackle from Barnard. Millersville then had another opportunity at the end of the first overtime, when a penalty corner was once again stopped by Barnard for a last second buzzer stop.
In the second overtime, the Marauders took to the offensive with a shot but was once again stuffed by Barnard. The game then fell into a stalemate as both teams remained shotless until the Husky offense was able to retake momentum.
The pivotal moment of the game began when the ball was played into the circle by sophomore Callie Edwards, who beat a Millersville defender and sent the ball into the stick of Robinson. Robinson quickly fired off a shot that bested the Marauder netminder and won the game for the Huskies.
An incredible moment for Robinson, who had not scored since September 15, 2018 against Seton Hill. Robinson also put up a defensive effort in the game’s third quarter, when she stopped a shot and earned herself a defensive save.
Despite being beaten in almost all categories, the Huskies were still able to pull out the win. The Huskies were outshot 27-6, this includes a 23-3 margin going into the half, as well as, the Marauder advantage in penalty corners being 13-4.
The bad blood for the Huskies grows for the Marauders as they have lost three out of the last four meetings between the teams in the all-time series.
Looking to continue their win streak, the Huskies will be returning home this Saturday, October 26, where they will host Slippery Rock University. The game is set for noon and the homecoming crowd will surely be their loudest at Steph Pettit Stadium.
The game should not give the Huskies too much trouble, as their opponent Slippery Rock sits at an overall record of 4-11 and a conference record of 1-6.
It is an ever-important game for Bloomsburg however, as it is now fighting with Millersville University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania for the final two playoff positions with just three games remaining in the 2019 regular season.

For more information on the Huskies upset win over No. 3 Millersville, please visit BUhuskies.com