Spartans Remain In Search of First Road Victory

  LYNCHBURG, VA-The York College field hockey squad began their weekend two-game road trip with a 4-1 loss at Lynchburg College on Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg, VA. Th Spartans fall to 7-9 overall while the Hornets improve to 10-5 for the 2008 campaign.
    The first half was a scoreless stanza as the Hornets held a 12-5 advantage in shots while both teams had four penalty corners.
    The second half would provide all the scoring in the game. The Hornets opened the scoring 52 seconds into second half as Erin Funkhouser fed Caitlin Gibb off a penalty corner for the tally. The goal was Gibb’s sixth of the year. The Hornets pushed the lead to 2-0 less than four minutes later as Funkhouser got the goal off a pass from Signey Milks for Funkhouser’s eighth goal of the year.
    The Spartans got on the board in the 48th minute as senior captain Casey Knauss (St. Michael’s, Md./Easton) fed fellow senior captain April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) for McFarland’s 14th goal of the year. Those 14 goals ties McFarland with junior Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) for tops on the Spartan squad.
    The Hornets pushed their lead back to two goals 10:02 after McFarland’s goal as Funkhouser recorded her second goal of the game, this one coming off a pass from Allie Weir with 12:11 remaining in regulation. Weir concluded the scoring 1:59 after Funkhouser’s second goal as she recorded an unassisted goal which was her 22nd for the campaign.
    The Spartans would get two more shots over the final nine minutes of play but that would not be enough as the Spartans as they drop to 0-6 on the road this year.
    Lynchburg held a 27-11 bulge in total shots including a 21-7 margin in shots on goal. The Hornets finished the game with a 12-6 edge in penalty corners.
    Spartan goalie Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) recorded 17 saves in the loss as her record is now 7-9. Sarah Cates recorded five saves in goal for Lynchburg.
    The Spartans return to action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Catholic to complete their weekend road trip. Game time in Washington, DC is set for 1:00 pm.


April McFarland photo courtesy of Brent Duffy