YORK, PA-The York College
field hockey squad dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Frostburg State
on Senior Day in York. The Spartans fall to 8-12 as they have now
lost three of their last four games. The Bobcats improve to 14-3
overall with the win.
Prior to the game, York honored their three seniors. Forward April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York), midfielder Casey Knauss (St. Michael’s, Md./Easton), and defender Laurel Sturner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) were joined by their parents in pregame festivities. Unfortunately for York, that pregame ceremony was the highlight of the day. The game was played in a steady, driving rain and very gusty winds. The winds were bad enough to delay the game 40 seconds into the match as the southern goal blew over, forcing a temporary stoppage of play.
The Bobcats, with the rain and wind at their back, jumped on York early as Brandi Mixell took a shot off a corner. That initial shot was saved by Spartan defender Julie Reahl (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) but the rebound came right back to Mixell who was not denied the second time as she put the ball home for the goal, her fifth tally of the campaign. The goal came just 4:16 into the game. It continues a disturbing trend for the Spartans as they have made a habit of surrendering goals early into contests.
The Spartans tied the game in the 13th minute of action as Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) carried the ball into the Bobcat defensive zone. She drew Frostburg goalie Samantha Foland to her and then slid a beautiful pass to McFarland who converted the pass for her 16th goal of the season.
Frostburg recaptured the lead just before the half as Brooke Tapman got a loose ball at the top of the circle and fired a shot past Spartan goalie Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) who appeared to be stuck in between coming out to challenge the shot or staying on her line. The goal was Tapman’s eighth of the year and came with just 2:54 remaining in the half.
The green and white came out of the break, and with the wind and rain at their back, looked to force the issue offensively. The Spartans tied the game when Roush collected a loose ball in front of the cage and poked home the ball for the goal 8:24 into the second half.
The Bobcats converted the game-winner with 11:12 remaining in regulation as they got consecutive penalty corners. On the second penalty corner, Michelle Frost fired off a shot that Rekitzke saved. Unfortunately for the green and white, the rebound found the stick of Amanda Kerstetter who lifted a shot over Rekitzke’s right shoulder for the goal.
The Spartans were able to fire off three shots in the final 10 minutes of action but none found the mark as York dropped the match.
Both teams finished the game with 15 shots while the Bobcats held a 10-8 margin in penalty corners. Frostburg put 11 of their shots on target while York finished with seven shots on goal.
Rekitzke finished the game with six saves while Foland registered three stops. Reahl recorded a pair of defensive saves for York while Sami Topolski and Liesa Bohannon each had a defensive save for Frostburg.
The Spartans conclude their regular season on Tuesday afternoon as they host Lebanon Valley in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4:00 pm at Kinsley Field.