CHAMBERSBURG, PA - The York College field hockey team suffered a shocking loss as they fell to Wilson College 3-2 in non-conference action on Thursday afternoon in Chambersburg, PA. The Phoenix, which entered the match with just one win, improved to 2-9 overall while the Spartans, who had won six of their last seven, fall to 8-6 for the campaign.
The Spartans started out strong with a Katie Dawkins (Easton, Pa./Easton) goal off a Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) assist 16:36 into the game. The tally was Dawkins’ team-leading 13th goal of the year.
The Phoenix entered the game having scored just six goals in their previous ten games but that would not matter as the Spartan lead would prove to be short lived. Wilson’s Tara Fields tallied a goal off a Melissa Ellerman feed on a penalty corner with 13:56 remaining in the first half, tying the game at one. The Phoenix took the lead just over three minutes later as Liesel Troshak notched an unassisted goal.
Wilson continued its offensive assault on the Spartans as Jami DeVanie put home what would prove to be the winning goal with 2:21 prior to the intermission.
The Spartans trimmed their deficit by one as Spangler fed Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) off a penalty corner with just 12 seconds remaining in the opening half. The goal was Roush’s seventh of the year and gave York momentum heading to the intermission.
The first half shots were close with York holding a 7-4 edge while York recorded 11 penalty corners to three for the Phoenix.
The second half featured an relentless Spartan attack on Wilson’s goal. Unfortunately for York, Wilson netminder Nikol Grafneeerova was up to the task as she notched four second half saves to preserve the win. York finished the second half with 13 shots and 11 corners but zero goals as they dropped just their second road game of the year.
For the game, York outshot the hosts 20-7 while also holding a whopping 22-4 edge in penalty corners.
Grafnetterova tallied seven saves in the win while senior netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) was credited with just one save in her 70 minutes in goal.
The Spartans will look to get back on the
winning side of the ledger on Tuesday, October 13 when they host
Elizabethtown College in a non-conference match in York. Game time
is set for 4:30 pm.
Allison Roush photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh