Griffins Edge Spartans in Non-Conference Tilt

York, PA - The York College field hockey team fell to the visting Gwynedd-Mercy College 2-1 in non-conference action Wednesday evening.  With the loss, the Spartans are now 4-10 (2-4 CAC), while Gwynedd-Mercy improves to 8-5.  
    From the opening whistle it seemed as if York would have the better of the play for the game.  The green and white controlled much of the tempo throughout the first stanza, but were simply unable to break through for the lead.  
    After a scoreless first half, Gwynedd-Mercy took the lead in the 44th minute of play on a goal from Amanda Reppert.  Ashley Blackwell fed the sophomore forward in front of the Spartan net for the finish.  Reppert’s 12th goal of the campaign gave her squad the 1-0 advantage.
    The green and white tied the score at one in the 55th minute.  April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) tallied her team-leading seventh goal after a pass from Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) found the forward’s stick.  McFarland neatly beat Griffins’ goalkeeper Aubrey McDevitt to even the score.  
     Gwynedd-Mercy’s game-winning score came in the 62nd minute of action. Reppert struck a hard shot to the back post where the awaiting Aubrey Wolf hammered home the tally.  
    York pushed hard for the equalizer throughout the next eight minutes but were turned away each time by the Griffin defense.
    Claire Retizke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) takes the loss in net for the green and white.  The sophomore goalkeeper recorded two saves during her 70 minutes of work.
    McDevitt notched six saves on the evening to keep the Spartans at bay.  McDevitt’s defense also chipped in the saves category as defender Kate Loftus recorded a stop of her own.
    York returns to action this Saturday as they host Messiah College in a 1:00 pm non-conference tilt.  The Falcons are currently ranked eighth in the country in the STX/NFHCA Division III National Coaches Poll.