Spartans Conclude Regular Season; Fall to #7 LVC

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team ran into a buzzsaw Tuesday afternoon dropping a 9-2 result at the hands of #7 Lebanon Valley. The Spartans fall to 8-12 on the season while the Flying Dutchmen improve to 16-2.
    The Spartan defense held tough during the first 15 minutes of the contest as freshman goalkeeper Maggie Schlauch (Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland) thwarted several Dutchmen opportunities. Lebanon Valley eventually broke through as Alex Wolfe drew first blood 16:19 into the game. Just over three minutes later, Avery Carter gave the visitors a 2-0 edge when she hammered home a penalty stroke.
    Lebanon Valley would notch a third score at the 19:37 mark as Cait Eckenrode tallied her fourth score of the season on an assist from Wolfe.
    York cut the Dutchmen lead to 3-1, two minutes following Eckenrode’s goal, when senior April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) recorded her team-leading 17th goal of the year. After a hit from sophomore Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) from just outside the circle, the blast was tipped by midfielder Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and angled to McFarland at the left post. The senior captain then slotted home York’s first score of the day.
    Only 22 seconds after McFarland’s goal, Jocelyn Novak answered for Lebanon Valley notching not just her squad’s fourth of the day but also her team-best 23rd of the season. Novak’s tally opened the flood gates for the Flying Dutchmen as they would push their lead to 8-1
    In the game’s 58th minute of play, freshman Rachel Houck (Airville, Pa./Kennard-Dale) scored York’s second goal, the first of her career. Roush set up a teammate once again as she slipped a pass from right to left across the goal where Houck slammed in her first goal in the green and white.
    Lebanon Valley’s Jenni Walker gave the Dutchmen back their seven-goal cushion when she registered her first career tally in the contest’s 61st-minute. Walker’s score would prove to be the final of the game and LVC took home the 9-2 victory.
    The Flying Dutchmen owned a 20-6 lead in shots for the game while they also grabbed a 9-5 lead in corners.
    Schlauch takes the loss in the Spartan cage, playing a strong 70 minutes despite the final result. The freshman notched eight saves while cutting off numerous other chances. Defenders Joan Shultis (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) and Julie Reahl (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) each recorded a defensive save for the Spartans. Goalkeeper Caitlin Baro registered the win for the Dutchmen, making a pair of stops over her 70 minutes of action.
    The loss concludes York’s regular season play as the Spartans’ now turn their sights to the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The green and white is set to travel to Mary Washington on Sunday, November 2, for the tournament’s quarterfinal round. Please check for the official game time which will become available later in the week.


April McFarland photo courtesy of Scott Guise