YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team picked up a non-conference win on Thursday afternoon, grabbing a 4-0 result over visiting Wilson College. The Spartans move to 8-10 overall on the season while the Phoenix falls to 5-9.
After not playing a game in over a week, the Spartans came out fast but struggled to score early in the contest. York held play in the Wilson half of the field for much of the first 20 minutes, bombarding the Phoenix cage with six shots and taking eight penalty corners before the game’s 23rd minute.
Sophomore forward Katie Dawkins (Easton, Md./Easton) finally broke through for the game’s first score 23:56 into the contest. After a scrum in front of the Phoenix net, the ball leaked over to sophomore midfielder Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township). Roush alertly played the ball to the left side of the goal where an awaiting Dawkins recorded her third goal of the season.
Heading into the halftime break, the green and white held a slight 1-0 edge despite outshooting their guests 14-0 and drawing 15 penalty corners. The Wilson defense played exceptionally well during the opening frame, blocking numerous Spartan attempts on goal.
The second frame would prove more comfortable for the Spartans as the home squad notched a trio of goals in the half, all three coming within a 6:06 span.
Junior Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) opened the second period scoring with her 15th tally of the season at the game’s 43:17 mark. Sophomore forward Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) played a gorgeous diagonal ball from the top of the circle to Spangler on the left side of the goal. Spangler simply tapped home the service and gave York a 2-0 margin.
Spangler struck again only 1:35 later, slamming in a loose ball on the goal line. Senior forward April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York) ripped a shot from the right side of goal that forced a Wilson player to make a defensive save. The resulting rebound eventually came to rest just outside the goal line allowing Spangler to register her team-leading 16th score of 2008.
McFarland capped the scoring with her 15th goal of her senior
campaign at the 49:23 mark. The Spartans played a ball from the top
of the circle, through the Phoenix defense and to the stick of
Dawkins who had gained position in front of Wilson’s cage.
The sophomore deflected the ball to the left side of the goal where
McFarland provided the game’s fourth and final tally.
For the contest, the Spartans held a huge 30-0 advantage in shots and a 26-1 bulge in penalty corners.
Junior goalkeeper Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) takes the win the Spartan cage as she was not forced to make a save in her 56:09 of work. Freshman Maggie Schlauch (Breinigsville, Pa./Parkland) finished off the final 13:51 to secure the shutout. Wilson’s Nikola Grafnetterova played a brilliant game for the Phoenix notching 17 saves including several sprawling stops to keep her team in the contest.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, October 25, as they host Frostburg State University in a 1:00 pm non-conference tilt. Prior to the match, the green and white will honor their three senior student-athletes, McFarland, Casey Knauss (St. Michaels, Md./Easton), and Laurel Sturner (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West), for their contributions to the Spartan program.
Katie Dawkins photo courtesy of Scott Guise