With victories over Bloomsburg and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), West Chester field hockey team added two road wins to their record this week.
Traveling to the 9-8 Bloomsburg Huskies, the Rams hoped to add another win to their season. With the 3-1 victory, the Rams will be sent into the postseason PSAC tournament. Junior Kaitlin Hatch was back on the field and scoring again. With an assist from junior Kelsey Munster, Hatch scored the Rams first goal. Just a minute later the Bloomsburg Huskies answered tying the game. Going into halftime the game was scored with a 10-4 shot advantage for the Rams.
The Rams came out of the second half scoring right away. Sophomore Katie Thompson converted the assist from Senior Mackenzie Mlkvy giving the Rams a 2-1 advantage. Hatch added her 18th goal of the season in the 61st minute of the game.
The West Chester Rams defeated the Bloomsburg Huskies 3-1. West Chester held a 21-5 shot advantages. The West Chester defense only allowed two shots on goal.
Traveling over to Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Rams faced the Hawks. It took 18 minutes before the Rams scored. Senior Rachel Toppi scored off a penalty stroke. Twenty seconds later sophomore Caitlin Kelly scored her eighth goal of the season. IUP got on the board in the 24th minute.
The Rams were able to go into halftime with a 2-1 lead and a 13-3 shot advantage.
The second half on their final regular season game was nothing but explosive. The Rams scored five unanswered goals to put them ahead 7-1.
Freshmen Caitie McNamara scored in the 46th minute for her fifth goal of the season.
Ten minutes later Toppi scored for her second of the game. Junior defender Taylor Bracale scored her first goal of the season in the 61st minute of the game. Only three minutes later Toppi scored her third goal giving her a hat trick on the game. The last goal was scored by Munster which was also her first goal of the season.
With a hat trick and two first season goals the Rams walked away with a 7-1 win.
With the two wins the Rams tied for fourth place in the PSAC.
The Rams will face Bloomsburg again on Halloween for their first postseason match at Vonnie Gross Field.
Jordan Zimmerman is a first-year student with an undeclared major. They can be reached at JZ885480@wcupa.edu.