They needed to shovel off a layer of ice and frost from the all-purpose subject at Renton (Wash.) Memorial, making the NCAA Division II championship begin about quarter-hour late.
After all, because the Division II remaining, as half because the #D2Festival, was happening two weeks later than common together with 4 different sports activities, it wasn’t something that East Stroudsburg and Shippensburg couldn’t deal with.
Certainly, the ultimate of this recreation made it definitely worth the wait. ESU senior Nicole Krozser transformed an incisive cross from Jady van Gils with 35.9 seconds left on the stadium clock to offer the Warriors a 1-0 win. It was solely the second NCAA championship within the 81-year historical past of East Stroudsburg subject hockey and represents a major win in head coach Sandy Miller’s profession.
The sport had been a taut defensive wrestle all through, a mirrored image of the 2 defenses, backed by the groups’ goalkeepers — Lindsay Tripodo for Shippensburg and Amy Supey for East Stroudsburg.
However in the long run, ESU solved the Ship protection as van Gils drove the baseline on the proper wing and located the second-goal space. From there, she made a easy cross to Krozser, who had a defender on her again 4 yards from aim. In as soon as impressed motion, she flipped the ball into the cage to offer East Stroudsburg the win.
The win capped 15 weeks of wonderful subject hockey throughout all three NCAA divisions, beginning with that panoply of Division I contests on Aug. twenty sixth and ending on the West Coast with immediately’s recreation.
However for all of that, there’s one faculty competitors remaining. Extra on that tomorrow.