Fresh off the best regular season in school history, the IUP women’s lacrosse team made more history Tuesday.
The Crimson Hawks defeated Gannon, 19-10, in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference quarterfinal-round playoff game at Miller Stadium to earn the program’s first-ever playoff win.
IUP (13-2) advanced to the PSAC semifinals for the first time, and the Crimson Hawks will face West Chester on Friday at Lock Haven, which is serving as the host site for championship weekend.
Bloomsburg defeated Mercyhurst in Tuesday’s other quarterfinal, and the Huskies will face top-seeded Lock Haven in the semifinals.
The No. 3 seed in the six-team PSAC playoff field, IUP was playing Gannon for the second time in four days. IUP won by nearly the same score, 18-10, on Saturday in both teams’ regular-season finale. That was IUP’s first-ever win over Gannon, and the Crimson Hawks improved to 2-15 all-time against the Golden Knights with Tuesday’s playoff victory.
The Crimson Hawks scored five goals in the opening 10 minutes of the game, led 8-0 before Gannon got on the board and enjoyed a 13-5 halftime lead.
IUP scored the first three goals of the second half to take its biggest lead at 16-5 before Gannon ended the game on a 5-3 run.
Drew Hayden and Colleen Berlin scored four goals apiece to lead IUP, while Tara Nicholas and Alexa Lodovici, the program’s all-time leading scorer, added three scores apiece.
Sarah Ward, Alex Edwards, Michelle Zakrzewski, Amy Weinberg and Brittney Palardy scored a goal each for IUP.
IUP, which is making only its second playoff appearance in the 15-year history of the program, lost to West Chester, 15-8, in the teams’ regular-season meeting.
BASEBALL: Shippensburg hit IUP’s pitchers hard all afternoon, and the Red Raiders breezed to an 11-0 win in a single nine-inning PSAC crossover game at Dougherty Field.
The Red Raiders got on the board quickly, plating two first-inning runs to take the early lead. They added three more runs in the third for a 5-0 lead, and capped their offensive outburst with a three-run seventh inning. Shippensburg finished with 15 hits, with 14 of those coming in the first seven innings.
Leadoff hitter Michael Douglas powered the Red Raiders by going 4-for-6 with three RBIs.
IUP starter Zach DeTillio went 2 2-3 innings and took the loss. He gave up five runs on seven hits and one walk.
Dylan Tice was the lone bright spot for IUP. He went 2-for-4 and was the lone IUP player to reach base more than once.
The Crimson Hawks mustered just six hits and drew no walks while seeing their four-game winning streak end.
With the regular season set to end this weekend, IUP remains in the thick of the playoff chase.
IUP (25-21) is in fourth place in the PSAC West with an 11-9 division record. The top four teams from each division make the conference playoffs. Slippery Rock (29-17) is also 11-9 in the division and in fifth place.
IUP welcomes California on Friday for a doubleheader to start the four-game weekend series with the first-place Vulcans (31-14, 13-7 PSAC West). Meanwhile, Slippery Rock wraps up the regular season with a four-game set against second-place Gannon (21-15, 13-7).