Dawkins Leads Spartans to Win in Swartz's Debut
YORK, PA-Sophomore Katie Dawkins (Easton, Md./Easton) tallied two goals and an assist to lead the York College field hockey squad to a 5-1 victory over Albright College on a rainy Friday afternoon in York. The game proved to be a successful start to the tenure of the Spartans’ new head coach Jamie Swartz who is in her first season as the Spartans’ head coach. Swartz was a four-year All-Capital Athletic Conference player in the late 1990’s and also was a two-year assistant coach for the green and white after graduation.
The Spartans are 1-0 with the win while the Lions fall to 0-1 with the loss.
The green and white got on the board first as junior Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) received a pass from Dawkins and ripped a shot past Lion keeper Kaitlyn Johnstone for the season’s opening tally. That goal came with 5:57 remaining before the half. Dawkins pushed the lead to 2-0 just 3:47 later as she recorded an unassisted goal, poking home a rebound for a goal.
The Spartans carried a majority of the first half play, outshooting Albright 8-2 in the stanza.
The Lions came out and took the play to the green and white to open the second half. The Lions converted that momentum into a goal when Lindsay Neal collected a pass at the top of the circle and fired a shot on cage. That shot was tipped home for the goal by Gia Boscola with 17:45 left in regulation.
The green and white collected themselves and answered with Dawkins’ second goal of the game as freshman Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) flicked the ball in the circle where Dawkins one-timed the ball into the right corner of the cage for the 3-1 York lead.
The Spartan offense received a fourth goal just six minutes later as sophomore Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) captured a loose ball and deposited the sphere into the cage with 1:31 remaining in the game. York closed out the scoring on a corner with no time left on the clock as Lawrence fed Roush for the goal. The five goals matches their highest offensive output of the 2007 season as York defeated Villa Julie 5-0 on September 27, 2007.
The Spartans finished the game holding a 13-7 edge in shots while both teams had six penalty corners.
Spartan netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) recorded four saves in earning the win while Johnstone made seven stops while she allowed all five Spartan goals.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, September 3 when they host Gettysburg in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4:30 pm at Kinsley Field.