WESTMINSTER, MD – The York College field hockey squad posted their fourth straight win as the Green and White defeated McDaniel College 3-1 in non-conference action on Monday afternoon in Westminster, MD.
The Spartans gained control of their contest early as they had two corners and three shots in the first five minutes of the game. The Spartans continued that control by tallying the game’s opening tally on a breakaway goal. Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) carried the ball down the field before feeding Katie Dawkins (Easton, Md./Easton) for the goal. Dawkins, who earlier in the day was named the Capital Athletic Conference field hockey player of the week, now has a team-leading nine goals for the year. The score came just 9:39 into the game.
The next 14 minutes of play were absent of any scoring chances until McDaniel’s Kaitlin Boerman scored off a Jessica Largent assist with less than 12 minutes remaining in the opening half. The goal came on the Green Terror’s first shot of the game.
York wasted no time in responding as Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) slid a pass through traffic to the stick of Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) who banged home the ball for the goal. The tally came a mere 49 seconds after Boerman’s score. The goal was Spangler’s fourth of the year.
Roush tacked on an insurance goal for the Spartans as she teamed up with Spangler for the score. Spangler fed Roush off a corner and the junior forward finished the play with her fifth goal of the year. The tally came 2:29 prior to the half.
The second half saw the Green Terror outshoot the Spartans 10-5 but neither team would be able to penetrate the goal as the Spartans hung on for the two-goal win.
Spartan senior netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) was very solid again as she made six saves in her 70 minutes in cage. Rekitzke has allowed just three goals in her last four games. Stephanie Thomson made seven stops for the Green Terror.
Both teams fired off 11 shots with the Spartans holding a 10-7 edge in shots on goal. York held a slight 8-6 margin in penalty corners.
The Spartans four-game winning streak is their longest since a five-game spurt from October 19 - 26, 2006.
York concludes their season-high three game road trip on Thursday when they travel to Reading to face Albright in another non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4:30 pm.
Allison Roush photo courtesy of Scott Guise