Spartans Shutout by #9 Salisbury, 3-0, Saturday

  SALISBURY, MD-The York College field hockey suffered their second straight Capital Athletic Conference loss as the ninth ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls downed the Spartans 3-0 on a dreary Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, MD. The Spartans fall to 5-6 overall and 2-3 in the CAC while the nationally ranked Sea Gulls improve to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the CAC.
    The game began well for the green and white as Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) fired off the first shot of the game for the Spartans a little over five minutes into the game. Unfortunately for York, that would be their only offensive attempt in the first half and their only shot attempt of the game.
    The Sea Gulls got on the board just under 12 minutes into the game as Kandice Hancock scored on Salisbury’s first shot of the contest. The goal was Hanock’s sixth of the year as she now has 14 points for the campaign. The Sea Gulls pushed the lead to 2-0 just over six minutes later as Courtney Webster tallied an unassisted goal at the 17:04 mark. The goal was Webster’s first of the season.
    The Sea Gulls finished the first half with a slight 3-1 edge in shots but two of their three attempts found the back of the cage. Salisbury held a big 8-0 bulge in penalty corners for the half.
    The second half was much of the same for the Spartans as Salisbury spent a majority of the half playing in York’s defensive half of the field. The Gulls pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 16:42 into the second half as Tara McGovern fed leading scorer Lauren Correll for her eighth goal of the year.
    The Sea Gulls ended the game holding a significant 16-1 edge in shots and a 18-3 bulge in penalty corners.
    Spartan netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) kept the Spartans in the game in the second half as she made 10 of her 11 saves in the second 35 minutes of play. Anna Cooke went the distance in goal for Salisbury as she was not forced to make a save in recording the shutout.
    The Spartans return to action on Tuesday afternoon as they host McDaniel in a non-conference contest. Game time at Kinsley Field is set for 4:00 pm.


Allison Roush photo courtesy of Steve Doemland