Senior forward Nicole Fiorilla scored five goals in her last three games – including a pair of game-winners last week – to become the second West Chester field hockey player to earn PSAC East Player of the Week honors. Junior midfielder Michelle Schrift earned Player of the Week honors in the first week of the season.
Fiorilla scored a pair of goals – including the go-ahead goal – in the Golden Rams’ 4-1 win at C.W. Post last Wednesday, then followed that performance up with the eventual game-winning goal on Saturday at Millersville.
Fiorilla scored a pair of goals in the first half of the Rams’ 5-2 trouncing of East Stroudsburg (2-7, 0-4 PSAC) at Vonnie Gros Field yesterday. Leah Angstadt (36th minute), Alisha Moran (40th minute) and Schrift (44th minute) added insurance goals in the second half for West Chester (7-1, 3-1), who outshot the visiting Warriors 31-11.
In Saturday’s game at Millersville, the Golden Rams and Marauders exchanged goals through the first half. Schrift opened the scoring in the 11th minute, only to have Millersville’s Samantha Ruane score the equalizer in the 20th minute. Angstadt gave the Rams a 2-1 lead early in the second half, however Katelyn Zapp netted the equalizer for the Marauders off a penalty corner in the 45th minute.
Kayla Gluchowski gave the Rams the lead for good with an unassisted goal in the 55th minute. Fiorilla’s goal off an assist from Megan Callahan in the 62nd minute would prove to be the difference for West Chester, as Millersville’s Brittany Troutman scored with 6:23 left in regulation. The Marauders outshot the Rams 20-15.
In last week’s game on Long Island, Lyn-Marie Wilson scored for the Pioneers 2:16 into the match to give the hosts a 1-0 lead. Angstadt tipped a pass over to Moran, who buried home the equalizer in the 13th minute. Fiorilla scored the next two goals of the match – the first off a slide pass from Brynn Adams in the 25th minute, the second coming as she dribbled past C.W. Post goalie Devon Trenkle in the 28th minute. Gluchowski added an insurance goal for the Rams in the 48th minute.
West Chester hosts Mansfield on Friday afternoon, then welcomes #3 Shippensburg to Vonnie Gros Field on Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders advanced to last year’s Division II national championship game before falling to Massachusetts-Lowell.
NOTES:Seven of the top ten teams in Division II are PSAC schools. In addition to West Chester, who remain ranked second, Bloomsburg (#1), Shippensburg (#3), Indiana (Pa.) (#5), C.W. Post (#6), Kutztown (#8) and Millersville (#9) round out the PSAC contingent in the rankings released yesterday. The other schools in the top ten hail from the Northeast 10 – Umass-Lowell (#4), Merrimack (T-#6) and Bentley (#10). … The second of two cross-over weeks in the PSAC takes place this weekend. Bloomsburg will host Seton Hill (Friday) and IUP (Saturday), C.W. Post hosts Slippery Rock (Friday) and Mercyhurst (Saturday), East Stroudsburg hosts Mercyhurst (Friday) and Slippery Rock (Saturday), Kutztown hosts Shippensburg (Friday) and Mansfield (Saturday), while Millersville hosts IUP (Friday) and Seton Hill (Saturday).