Buffolino Nets Five as Kutztown Tops ESU in PSAC Opener

KUTZTOWN, Pa. Junior attacker Rosa Buffolino (Monroe Twp., NJ/Monroe Twp) scored a season-high five goals to lead Kutztown to a 9-6 victory over East Stroudsburg on Tuesday afternoon in the PSAC opener for both teams. It was also Kutztown's home opener at Keystone Field.

The Golden Bears (2-2, 1-0 PSAC) did not trail at any point against the Warriors (0-4, 0-1) on Tuesday. Buffolino opened the scoring 2:29 into the game that helped set the pace for the rest of the game.

"I think it's so important that we play from ahead," Kutztown head coach Kate Scattergood said about getting off to the 1-0 start. "Their defense had to pressure at the end of the game to get the ball; it gave us some opportunities and our attackers finished our shots."

It was one of five goals for the junior, three of which came in the second half. She was able to keep under control with the ball in front of the net and created space for her shot as four of her five goals were unassisted. She leads the team with 12 this season.

"Rosa is a good shooter and when she gets open in the middle, she usually finishes her opportunities," Scattergood said. "We are going to have to get a little more balance offensively, because teams are going to start keying in on her. She had a great day today and that is exactly what we needed."

Senior Gina Carmina (Flanders, NJ/Mt. Olive) tallied her third straight multi-goal game with two against the Warriors. Both of her goals were in the final 5:35 of play and after Kutztown was leading 7-6 with less than seven minutes to play.

Junior Krystine Beodeker (Dingmans Ferry, PA/Delaware Valley) scored and had two assists for Kutztown. Fellow junior JoAnn McLaughlin (Cape May, NJ/Lower Cape) picked up the win in net and made 10 saves.

Entering the second half tied 2-2, Kutztown scored the first two of the second half to take a 4-2 lead 10 minutes into the play. Buffolino scored with a man-up advantage, and Beodeker scored at the 20:36 mark with a man-down.

East Stroudsburg responded with a goal to cut the lead to one, but Buffolino scored twice in a 1:49 span midway through the second half to build the lead back to three (6-3).

ESU scored three of the next four goals in the game, including two by Sarah Ginn to bring the score to 7-6 with 6:11 to play. Carmina went on to score with 5:35 and 39 seconds left to play in the game to seal Kutztown's 1-0 start to PSAC play.

The win marks the first 1-0 start to Kutztown's conference schedule since the program joined the PSAC in 2008.

"It feels great to start our conference schedule off with a win," Scattergood said. "This was definitely a winnable game for us coming in and we wanted to make a mark on the PSAC right away."

The Golden Bears return to action at Keystone Field on Thursday, March 28 to take on Holy Family University at 4:00 p.m.


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