Spartans Drop One-Goal Decision at Mary Washington
FREDERICKSBURG, VA-The York College field hockey squad saw their modest two-game win streak come to an end as the University of Mary Washington Eagles got a goal late in the second half to post a 3-2 Capital Athletic Conference victory in Fredericksburg, VA on a very humid Saturday afternoon. The Eagles improve to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the league.
The Eagles took control of the contest early. Mary Washington got on the board just 8:47 into the game as Alison Weckstein redirected a Sarah Pierson shot past Spartan goalie Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) for the game’s first goal. The Eagles struck for a second goal just 57 seconds later as Weckstein slid a pass past Rekitzke to the waiting stick of Emma Jones who put the ball in the back of the cage for the 2-0 lead.
The Spartans slowly started to work themselves back into the game. The green and white trimmed their deficit in half in the 28th minute as Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) crossed a pass to senior April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) who drove the ball past Eagle goalie Chrissy Bowdren for the Spartan tally. McFarland scored again just 3:23 later as she notched an unassisted goal, tying the game at two. The goal was McFarland’s fourth goal of the year and her 65th career goal. The goals move her into fourth place on the all-time career goals list while her 85 points also ranks her fourth, five points back of former Spartan great Rachel Alderfer.
The Eagles regained control of the game after the half as they limited a tired Spartan squad to one shot while they fired off nine. The ninth shot of the half found it’s mark as Weckstein tallied her second goal of the game with 5:47 remaining in regulation. That would prove to be the game-winner as the Spartans had a chance to tie on an Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) shot with 38 second remaining in regulation. Bowdren made the save on Roush’s shot which preserved the win.
Bowdren captured the win as she recorded three saves. Rekitzke recorded seven saves but suffered the loss for the green and white.
The Eagles finished the game holding a 20-7 edge in shots and a slim 7-6 advantage in penalty corners.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday afternoon as they travel to Juniata to face the Eagles. Game time is set for 4:30 pm.
April McFarland photo courtesy of Steve Doemland