Comeback Bid Falls Short, Spartans Take 2-1 Loss

    YORK, PA-The York College Spartan field hockey squad took on the Dickinson College Red Devils on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field eager to keep their winning streak alive. The Red Devils had different ideas on how the day would pan out leaving the Spartans on the short end of a 2-1 score. York is now  4-4 for the season and the Red Devils’ record improves to 4-3.
    The afternoon contest got off to a slow start with both sides equally controlling the field. Sophomore Katie Dawkins (Easton, MD/Easton) played a strong offense trying several times to cross the ball in front of the cage. A strong defense was seen by both the Spartans and the Red Devils keeping the level of play even.
    Dickinson went on the offensive after their sluggish start. That momentum was realized with a goal in the 11th minute of play. Freshman Lizzie Boorse had an ample opportunity to score within a scrum of players in front of the Spartan goal. It was an unassisted shot and her second of the season. The remaining time of the first half saw only a few shots on goal by both squads as Dickinson took the 1-0 lead to the break.
    As the Spartans return to the field for the second half, their minds were in another place. They were anxious and ready to tally a goal on the scoreboard. The Spartans made several attempts but none proved to be fruitful. The Red Devils had better luck, adding a second goal nearing the 56th minute of play. Boorse delivered a beautiful cross to junior Katelynn Bias who was able to take a strong stroke into the far left corner of the cage for the goal.
    The Spartans recorded their first tally in the 64th minute with sophomore Allison Roush (Lancaster, PA/ Manheim Township) assisting senior captain April McFarland’s (York, PA/ Eastern York) seventh goal of the Spartan season. Roush had a breakaway shot down the field to an open McFarland. McFarland was easily able to push the ball past the Red Devil keeper for the score.
    The Spartan offense saw another opportunity to tie the contest, but time was not on their side. McFarland had the ball in the left corner of the outside of the cage but time ran out before she was able to deliver the tying goal.
    Dickinson held a 7-3 edge in total shots while the Red Devils had an 8-5 advantage in penalty corners.
    Amanda West earned the win in goal for the Red Devils as she recorded one save. Spartan junior Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) recorded two saves for YCP.
    The Spartans return to action on Tuesday September 23rd against the visiting Wesley Wolverines for their second Capital Athletic Conference event of the season. Game time at Kinsley Field is set for 4:30 pm.

(Game story written by Jessica Pezzolla, Sports Information student-assistant)