Returning to the field last Sunday afternoon, No. 4 West Chester tallied another victory against Ursinus College in the 71st Annual Snell Cup.
This is the third consecutive Snell Cup West Chester has won.
Senior captain Rachal Toppi comes up big for the Rams with her hat trick.
Junior Kelsey Munster came out strong scoring her second goal of the season. In the 14th minute Munster shot off a pass from Caitie McNamara giving the Rams an early 1-0 lead.
Five minutes after, Toppi scored her first goal of the game off an assist from Munster.
Before the end of the half, Toppi would add another goal. Tapping in a rebound off a safe, Toppi put the Rams up 3-0 over the Bears.
Coming back from halftime Toppi scored her third goal producing a hat trick.
“I would say the biggest goal I have is to really enjoy my last season,” said Toppi. “I want to make as many great memories as possible.”
Ursinus was able to get on the board in the 58th minute with a goal from Brooke Overly.
The Rams outshot the Bears 26-16. With the 4-1 win the Rams went into their next game 4-0.
After the three wins in the previous week, the Rams moved up to No.3 in the rankings.
The Rams came up short in their battle between No. 9 Kutztown University on Wednesday night.
“Something I always say to the team every game is “we will never underestimate an opponent and never overestimate an opponent,” said senior captain Morgan Snodgrass.
A slow start to the game, the first goal was from Kutztown’s Kyra Wozniak in the 21st minute. A short four minutes later Kutztown scored again giving them a 2-0 advantage.
West Chester was able to get on the board in the 40th minute with a goal from Katie Thompson off the assist from Kaitlin Hatch.
Kutztown was able to keep West Chester to six shots.
The Rams will see the Bears again on their home field on October 11.
West Chester returned home for their 1 p.m. Saturday game against Slippery Rock University.
With packed stands and warm weather, the atmosphere was excellent condition for a field hockey match.
The Rams were unable to hold onto their early lead and fell short to Slippery Rock.
West Chester’s Rams scored three goals and had four against in their conference opener this weekend.
Sophomore Caitlin Kelly dominated the midfield with her quickness and stick work.
Senior Mackenzie Mlkvy scored off an assist from Hatch in the first seven minutes of the game.
Slippery Rock answered with a goal from their own Liz Wolfe 20 minutes later.
With three minutes left in the half, Ram’s goalie Marissa Elizardo had several saves to keep the score tied at 1-1.
Coming out of halftime the score was tied but it didn’t stay like that for long.
Just two minutes in Hatch scored off a corner to bring the Rams up one.
Yet again, Slippery Rock answered very quickly. Freshman Brittany Morgan answered 30 seconds later.
With a hard shot into the back of the net, Toppi scored her 8th goal on the season.
Toppi put the Rams back on top bringing the score to 3-2.
Four minutes later Slippery Rock tied the game up 3-3.
With a little under three minutes, Slippery Rock scored again giving them the edge with a final score of 4-3.
The Rams were unable to convert on a corner with three seconds left.
The Rams will travel again for a two-game road series. They’ll face Millersville University then Seton Hall.
Jordan Zimmerman is a first-year student with an undeclared major. They can be reached at JZ885480@wcupa.edu.