KUTZTOWN – The Kutztown University field hockey team completed its 2018 regular season carrying a ton of momentum, winners of five straight games. The current win streak has also helped KU stay nationally-ranked, appearing sixth in the latest Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II National Coaches Poll, released Tuesday morning.
After a 4-0 win over Mercyhurst in their regular season finale last Saturday, Nov. 3, the Golden Bears stand at 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
KU has now won its most games both overall and in PSAC play since the 2007 campaign, the last time that the Maroon and Gold appeared in the NCAA Tournament. Kutztown, which has qualified for the PSAC playoffs beginning Nov. 13, has now held separate win streaks of eight games and the current five-gamer this season.
Highlights of the current streak include a win against Slippery Rock on the program’s 50 seasons celebration and a victory over then top-ranked West Chester on Oct. 24.
Junior midfielder Mackenzie Fuhrman earned PSAC Co-Athlete of the Week honors by the league office last week after netting the game-winning goal in the 2-0 victory over the Golden Rams. She also assisted on both goals in a 2-1 road win at IUP on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Classmate Kyra Wozniak tallied a four-goal, two-assist week last week for KU. Her 21 goals ranks third in Division II and is tied for third for the most goals in a season in program history.
Freshman Rachel Dusman scored a goal and contributed five assists in the two games last week. She
had a season-high three assists at Mansfield on Oct. 31, and leads the PSAC with 12 assists on the year, tied for third in program history for assists in a season. Her 38 points (13 goals, 12 assists) is the most by a freshman since the 2005 season when Lindsey Bozarth had 39.
The duo of Dusman and Fuhrman rank one-two at the top of the conference in assists, but Kutztown also has a third student-athlete in the top-five as sophomore Leigh Roselli has six assists this season.
Kutztown and head coach Marci Scheuing was able to honor its four seniors; McKenna Conselyea, Rita Muro, Lauren Latchford and Laura Durdon in style last Saturday. The quartet had their hands in walking off Andre Reed Stadium for potentially the final time in their collegiate careers as winners.
Kutztown awaits its seed and matchup in the PSAC Tournament, which will be set on the evening on Saturday, Nov. 10. Currently it sits as the fourth seed out of the six-team field, with one game in hand on the remaining contenders. A Millersville loss at Slippery Rock this Friday, Nov. 9, would give KU a home Quarterfinal Round game.