September 16, 2008

Juniata Snaps Losing Streak at the Expense of the Spartans

    HUNTINGDON, PA-The York College field hockey squad dropped their second straight contest as the Juniata College Eagles snapped their six game losing skid with a 3-2 victory over the Spartans on Tuesday afternoon in Huntingdon, PA. The Spartans see their record level at 3-3 while the Eagles improve to 2-6 overall.
    In what has become a disturbing trend for the Spartans, they surrendered an early goal as the Eagles got on the board a mere 48 seconds into the game. Brittany Kauffman notched the early unassisted goal to put the Spartans down very early.
    York responded midway through the half as senior April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) continued her torrid scoring streak with a goal from sophomore Joan Shultis (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) with 16:15 left in the first.
    The game went to the half tied but the Eagles held a 6-1 edge in shots. Conversely, the Spartans had a 5-4 margin in penalty corners.
    The Eagles came out of the half much like they did in the first half, striking for the tie-breaking goal just 2:45 into the stanza as Paula Price scored an unassisted tally.
    Price struck again, notching the eventual game-winner with 17:25 remaining in regulation. Price’s second goal was assisted by Kim Amrod.
    The Spartans continued to battle to get back into the game. McFarland then closed out the scoring with 10 seconds remaining in the game as she recorded an unassisted goal, providing for the final margin. McFarland has scored the last four Spartan goals as she now has six goals in five games this season.
    The Eagles finished the game holding a 14-8 edge in total shots and an 11-10 margin in penalty corners.
    Abby Funk picked up the win in goal as she registered three saves and one goal allowed in 66:55 of work. Denalyn Spratt played the final 3:05 of the game and allowed McFarland’s second goal.
    Spartan goalie Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) was tagged with the loss as she allowed all three Eagle goals. Rekitzke notched six saves for York.
    The Spartans return to action Thursday when they host Susquehanna in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4:30 pm at Kinsley Field.

GAME BOX

April McFarland photo courtesy of Steve Doemland

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