Spangler's Eighth Pushes Spartans Past Crusaders

YORK, PA – On a breezy, sun splashed early fall afternoon the York College field hockey squad picked up a thrilling 3-2 victory over Susquehanna University. The Spartans now move to 4-3 while the Crusaders mark now stands at 1-5.

With the score tied at two goals apiece and time swiftly coming off the clock, junior Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) tallied the game-winning score with only 5:45 left to play. After several passes inside their offensive circle, Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) found Spangler who slotted home the game-winner.

The Spartans controlled play for the first half as they opened the match scoring 17 minutes into the game after a Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) penalty corner. Lawrence played a beautiful ball to the top of the circle for an awaiting Spangler. Spangler stopped the service for Roush to fire a long shot. As Roush’s shot rifled through a crowd of players toward the Crusader goal, an opportunistic Casey Knauss (St. Michaels, Md./Easton) finished for the green and white, tallying her first score of her senior campaign.

York would add to their lead with 8:05 remaining in the first frame. Forward April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York), who was able to get behind the Crusader defense for much of the first half, found herself on a breakaway with only Susquehanna goalkeeper Erin Ferguson to beat. As Ferguson came off her line to cut down McFarland’s angle, the senior captain deftly slipped a pass to an on-running Lawrence who promptly gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

At the halftime break, the Spartans held a solid 2-0 margin. York was able to record nine penalty corners in the half while the Crusaders only managed two.

Susquehanna cut the Spartan advantage to one just over eight minutes into the frame. The Crusaders played the ball into York’s circle where defender Julie Reahl (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) was forced to make a defensive save. Andrea Fiori then capitalized on a close chance to tally her second goal of 2008 and move the score line to 2-1.

The Crusaders then drew even on the scoreboard as Anna Spisak scored her first of the year. Spisak took a pass from Kristen Epting inside the Spartan circle and slotted home the score to tie the game at 2-2 with 17:38 remaining.

For the match, the Spartans led in shots 16-9 while they also held a 14-7 advantage in penalty corners.

Spartan goalkeeper Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) grabs the win in the cage making a trio of saves while Ferguson made five saves to keep her team in the match.

York returns to action on Saturday as they host Dickinson in a non-conference tilt. The game from Kinsley Field begins at noon.

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