Monday, September 11, 2017

Field Hockey - Huskies Head To West Chester Tuesday For Another Top Ten Matchup

THE DETAILS
#8 Bloomsburg (3-1, 0-0 PSAC) at #7 West Chester (2-0, 0-0 PSAC)
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 4:00 p.m.
Vonnie Gros Field - West Chester, Pa.

GAME COVERAGE
Live Stats - 
http://www.sidearmstats.com/wcupa/fhockey/

RELATED LINKS
Bloomsburg - 
Schedule | Roster | Statistics
West Chester - Schedule | Roster | Statistics

STORYLINE
The Huskies will be looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they play their third consecutive ranked opponent, West Chester University, on Tuesday afternoon. Bloomsburg is ranked eighth in the initial Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) while West Chester is seventh. New rankings will be announced on Tuesday afternoon.

ALL-TIME SERIES
Bloomsburg is just 4-7 lifetime against West Chester in the all-time series. Last season, the Golden Rams edged the Huskies by a 2-1 final in West Chester on October 15. Rachal Toppi, the reigning PSAC Player of the Year, scored both goals for West Chester while the Huskies countered with a goal from Sam Peters(Harrisburg, Pa./Mifflin County) - all of which came during the first half.

RHOADS WATCH
Head coach Nikki Rhoads is in her eighth season as the head coach of the Huskies and is just three wins away from becoming the second coach in program history to reach 100 career victories. Rhoads has a career record of 97-44 as the Bloomsburg head coach and trails only legendary coach, Jan Hutchinson, in career wins at the school.

LAST TIME OUT FOR BOTH TEAMS
Bloomsburg jumped out to a 2-0 lead early in the second half against top-ranked, and defending national champion, Shippensburg on Saturday afternoon only to see the Raiders score three unanswered goals - the final coming with 6:33 left in the first overtime - to give the Huskies their first loss of the season. Seniors Geneka Mahan (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) and MacKenna Mahan (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area)scored less than two minutes apart early in the second half but Shippensburg's Rebecca Bouyea scored twice in the second half to force overtime. Emily Barnard scored the overtime winner. Bloomsburg, which was outshot 32-6 for the contest, got a career-high 14 saves from freshman Dana Sheply (Maple Shade, N.J./Maple Shade) in the loss.

West Chester is coming off of a 7-0 blanking of Seton Hill University on Saturday in West Chester. The Golden Rams jumped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime and then scored three more times in the second half to complete the shutout. Kaitlyn Hatch scored twice while Katie Thompson had a goal and three assists in the win. The Golden Rams outshot the Griffins by a 30-2 margin.

SCOUTING BLOOMSBURG
The Huskies enter Tuesday's contest with a 3-1 record, having outscored their opponents by a 21-6 count. Bloomsburg is second in the conference in both scoring average (5.25) and scoring margin (3.75) - trailing only West Chester in both categories. Senior MacKenna Mahan (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) is tied for the PSAC lead in scoring with four goals and three assists for 11 points. She has scored one goal in all four contests this season. Junior Brooke Zeiders (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) is right behind with four goals and two assists for ten points but was held off the scoresheet for the first time in 2017 during Saturday's overtime loss to Shippensburg. Junior Abby Sauder(Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) is tied with both Mahan and Zeiders in goals (4) and currently ranks third on the team in scoring with eight points. Sophomore Ali McKay (Dover, Del./Polytech) leads the team and is tied for second in the conference with four assists. She also has a goal for six points. In goal, freshman Dana Sheply(Maple Shade, N.J./Maple Shade) has started all four games and is 3-1 with a 1.53 goals against average and a .739 save percentage. She is eighth in the PSAC in both categories.

SCOUTING WEST CHESTER

West Chester has been dominant in its first two games of the season, outscoring Adelphi and Seton Hill by a combined 13-0 margin and outshooting the two teams, 53-2. Mackenzie Mikvy and Kaitlyn Hatch are tied for the team lead in scoring with three goals and six points apiece. Last year's PSAC Player of the Year, Rachal Toppi, has two goals and one assist for five points while Katie Thompson has a goal and three helpers for five points on the year. In goal, Marissa Elizardo has played 105 minutes and has one save while Katie Dowling has logged 35 minutes and also has one stop.

UP NEXT
The Huskies will head back on the road on Saturday, September 16, when they travel to Erie, Pennsylvania to square off against the Lakers of Mercyhurst University. Start time from Tullio Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

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