YORK, PA-The Gettysburg College Bullet field hockey squad marched into York College’s Kinsley Field and put an 8-1 defeat on the home standing Spartans in non-conference action on a blistering hot Wednesday afternoon. The Bullets, who downed the Spartans by a 7-1 score last year, improve to 2-0 while the Spartans fall to 1-1.
The Bullets, who last year tallied six second half goals, used a big first half this year to put any doubt about the outcome to bed early in the contest. The Bullets got an unassisted Emily Harwood goal just 5:54 into the game, giving the guest the early advantage. That would foreshadow what the Spartans would experience over the next nine minutes as Hardwood had a hand in all four of the Bullets first goals. She assisted Savannah Ruth at the 11 minute mark and then assisted Lexie Hearn just under three minutes later. She closed the opening flurry with a goal off a Ruth pass 14:55 into the game.
Gettysburg added a Ruth goal with 19:10 remaining in the first half while Hearn notched her second goal of the game with just over eight minutes left in the opening 35 minutes of play.
The Bullets dominated all aspects of play in the first half. They held a 24-1 edge in shots and an 8-2 edge in penalty corners.
Ruth continued to terrorize the Spartans just 3:11 into the second half as she picked up her third goal of the game. Ruth victimized the Spartans last year as well as she notched a hat trick in that contest.
The Spartans spoiled the shutout when senior captain April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern) came off the bench and recorded her first goal of the game. McFarland, who missed the Spartans first game of the year with an injury, entered the game for the first time and scored 21 seconds later off a pass from sophomore Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) with just over 28 minutes remaining in the game.
Gettysburg closed out the scoring with an Annie Marosits goal with 16:46 left in the game.
The Bullets finished the game outshooting the green and white 40-7 while they also held a 15-5 edge in penalty corners.
Spartan netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) stood up to the barrage of Bullet shots as she recorded 19 saves. Christina Anderson was forced to make just one save for Gettysburg.
In addition to Ruth’s hat trick, Harwood had two goals and two assists while Hern had a pair of goals. Marosits had a goal and an assist to round out Gettysburg’s multi-point scorers.
The Spartans look to get back on the right side of the ledger on Saturday as they travel to Elizabethtown College to face the Blue Jays in a non-conference contest. Game time is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Photograph courtesy of Eric Linsley