No. 16 IUP defeated Kutztown University 18-7 and clinched a spot in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Tournament Saturday.
Senior Amy Weinberg (special education) had one goal and six assists. Junior Kim Hooven (elementary and special education) added four goals and two assists.
Weinberg has 60 assists on the season, which leads the PSAC.
IUP struck first when Weinberg dished to Hooven for a goal. Weinberg collected five of her assists in the first half, giving IUP a 9-4 lead.
IUP continued its dominance in the second half, scoring another nine goals and allowing three.
“We just executed our game plan,” Weinberg said. “This was our best team win so far.”
IUP held the edge in ground balls with a 27-19 advantage. It also outshot the Golden Bears 26-19 and were 17 for 17 on clears.
A total of 16 players recorded points for IUP, 13 of them scoring goals. Hooven, Adriana Grecco (freshman, pre-veterinarian) and Ally Burrows (freshman, exercise science) all scored multiple goals.
The win moves IUP’s record to 11-5 overall and 9-2 in the PSAC. The team still has a chance to receive a first-round bye, as it sits in third place in the PSAC behind Mercyhurst University and West Chester University.
This is its fifth straight playoff berth under head coach Mindy Richmond. This is Richmond’s eighth season as head coach, and she is the program’s all-time winningest coach.
IUP will honor its seniors on Senior Day in its final regular season game against No. 19 East Stroudsburg University Saturday.