YORK, PA-The York College field hockey squad opened up their 2008 Capital Athletic Conference slate with a 5-0 win over Hood College on an overcast Tuesday afternoon in York. The Spartans improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference while the Blazers fall to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the CAC.
The day began well for the green and white as sophomore Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) found the back of the cage just 49 seconds into the contest as senior April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) fired the initial shot that was saved by Blazer Jen Lacy only to have Lawrence collect the rebound and drive the ball home.
The Spartans struck again just over six minutes later as junior Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) began her scoring onslaught. The midfielder struck for the first of her career-high four goals as she scored an unassisted tally 7:26 into the match.
Spangler made it 3-0 just 58 seconds before the half as she scored on a penalty stroke.
The Spartans continued to sustain their penetration of the Hood defensive half in the early stages of the second half. That pressure paid off when Spangler completed the natural hat trick with a goal off a pass from Lawrence 16:17 into the second stanza. Spangler then closed out the scoring and her career day with an unassisted goal off a scrum in front of the cage with 15:30 remaining in the game.
The big day raises Spangler’s season total to five goals for 10 points. Lawrence now has seven points on two goals and three assists.
While Spangler was making life miserable on the Hood defense, the Spartan midfield and defense limited Hood to just one possession within the Spartans’ defensive 25-yard line. The Blazers did not attempt a shot in the game as York outshot the visitors 40-0 including 21-0 in shots on goal.
Lacy was under constant pressure all day and she played admirably as she registered 16 saves. Spartan netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) did not need to register a save in her 61:30 of work. Maggie Schlauch (Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland) played the final 8:30 and also did not face a shot as she made her Spartan debut.
In addition to the Spartans’ large margin in shots, the green and white held a 28-0 edge in penalty corners.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday afternoon as they host Goucher College in a non-conference contest. Game time at Kinsley Field is set for 4:30 pm.
Megan Spangler photo courtesy of Steve Doemland