BU field hockey topples Millersville University: Huskies drop Marauders 3-2 and improve to 4-1 in 2018

Matt Rushforth, Sports Editor

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The Bloomsburg University field hockey team managed to sneak by Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PSAC) foe Millersville University Wednesday night with a 3-2 victory. The road win improved the Huskies to a 4-1 record in 2018.

The Huskies traveled to Millersville in search to overcome an upset loss to rival Kutztown. The Golden Bears held the Huskies to zero shots in the first half of the game and snuck away with a 2-1 upset victory. BU hoped to get their names back on the scoring sheet against the Marauders of Millersville.
The Huskies started strong as sophomore forward Emily Alker started the scoring with a rebound goal off the Marauders goaltender just under five minutes into play. The tally was Alkers first of the season.

The goal was marked the only one on net for the Huskies in the opening half as they took a 1-0 lead into halftime, although the Marauders led the opening half in shots with a 6-1 advantage.

The Huskies came out aggressive in the second half as just over five minutes into play, senior forward Erica Krebs managed to steal the ball from a Marauder in the Millersville zone and beat the goal tender just seconds after to make it 2-0 in favor of Bloomsburg. The goal was Krebs fourth of the season.

The Marauders and Huskies battled following Krebs tally just until Erica Tarsi scored off of a penalty corner to spark the Marauders and cut the lead in half to 2-1.

Just when the Marauders found the confidence they needed, just eight seconds later Huskies junior midfielder Tesa Hoffman blasted a shot from the top of the circle past the Millersville goaltender off of a corner from junior Willow Perkins. The goal gave Bloomsburg a 3-1 advantage with 19 minutes left in regulation.

About nine minutes later, Tarsi made it interesting yet again for Millersville as she pulled back and ripped a shot from the top of the circle past sophomore goaltender Hannah Barnard for her second tally of the game. The goal cut the Bloomsburg lead to 3-2 heading into the final minutes of the contest.

The Huskies stayed strong in the final square as Barnard shut down any Millersville hopes and secured a 3-2 victory for Bloomsburg. Barnard finished the game with a season-high tying eight saves.

Millersville led in shots on goal on the afternoon as they outshot the Huskies 19-6. Bloomsburg has found it difficult to generate shots in previous games as head coach Nikki Hartranft will have to look to make adjustments as the Huskies are heading into PSAC play.

Bloomsburg improved to 4-1 overall on the year as Millersville fell to 3-2. The Huskies are back in action this Saturday as they welcome Slippery Rock University to Steph Pettit Stadium. Opening draw is set for 5:00 p.m.