Liz Stock is sure going out with a bang. The Savage, Minn. senior earned her second shutout of the season and Izzy Benjamin-Alvarado (Jr., Omaha, Neb.) and Jordan Sammons (Fy., Apple Valley, Minn.) provided the offense in a 2-0 win over Augsburg on a sunny Saturday at Paterson Field. Stock made three saves in lowering her GAA to 0.85 as the Pipers clinched a winning season for the first time since 2007.
Hamline is 9-4-3 overall. It's their highest win total since 2007 when they went 10-8 in Ted Zingman's first season as head coach.
Picked for last by the coaches in the preseason poll, HU is now 4-3-2 in conference play. With a week to play in the season, they are just three points out of the fourth and final playoff spot currently held by St. Olaf.
Benjamin-Alvarado fired the first blow Saturday as Hamline ended a two-game losing streak. Midway through the first half, she lofted a high shot over the Augsburg goalie for her first tally of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Sammons got the clincher at 57:02, her third of the year, when she headed in a nifty corner kick by Hannah Plagman (So., Cedar Rapids, Iowa).
Stock and the Piper defense took it from there to record the team's sixth shutout of the year. The win upped their record on their home turf to 4-1-3.
Hamline has two games remaining. They are at first place St. Benedict Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and finish the season against St. Catherine next Saturday at Paterson Field at 1:00 p.m.