YORK, PA - The York College field hockey team (9-6) defeated visiting Elizabethtown College 3-2 in non-conference action at Kinsley Field Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans displayed an aggressive offense and a determined defense en route to the victory.
The Spartans started the scoring during the fifth minute of the game when junior midfielder Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./ Delone Catholic) directed the penalty corner to forward Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./ Manheim Township) who fired a hard shot to the net. The ball deflected to Lawrence on the right side who found the back of the cage for her third goal of the season (4:31).
The Green and White kept the Blue Jays at bay in the early going, while playing aggressive on both sides of the ball. The defense kept the Blue Jays out of the net, while the offense kept the ball pinned in the opposition’s zone.
The Blue Jay defense was caught off guard in the ninth minute of play when junior forward Katie Dawkins (Easton, Md./ Easton) earned her fourteenth tally of the season with a two-on-one goal. Dawkins dribbled behind the defense and passed to Roush who returned the pass to Dawkins for the score (8:17).
Elizabethtown had multiple opportunities in the early going, but they could not shake off a stout Spartan defense. Elizabethtown’s Katy Boone dribbled into Spartan territory where York defender Brittany Simmons (Leola, Pa./ Conestoga Valley) made a great play on the ball to knock it out of bounds and preserve the 2-0 lead.
After back and forth play, Elizabethtown pulled within one when Boone picked up a shot rebound from Caitlin Grimes on a penalty corner and scored her forth goal of the season. (23:27)
The Spartans held tough at the end of the first half to hold onto the 2-1 halftime lead. York led shots in the first stanza 6-4 over visiting Elizabethtown.
York came out in the second half only to add to their lead when a scurry in front of the net resulted in a Roush goal. The goal was the junior’s eighth of the season bringing her day’s total to a goal and two assists (37:22).
During the 44th minute, Dawkins was given a penalty stroke but was denied by a diving save from Blue Jay goalkeeper Liz Hannegan.
The Blue Jays brought the game back within one goal in the 45th minute when a hard shot by Martina White was deflected to Grimes who found the back of the net for her fifth tally of the season.
Action unfolded in the late going with the Blue Jays stepping up their attack, yet the Spartan defense stayed superior. Veronica Eltz (Hanover, Pa./ Delone Catholic) made a great play when she knocked the ball out of bounds denying a potential two-on-one advantage.
The final play of the game was spent with Elizabethtown trying to find the equalizer on a last second penalty corner. That corner attempt was disrupted by junior Becky Reeves (Forest Hill, Md./ North Harford) allowing the clock to expire and the Spartans to grab the 3-2 victory.
The Green and White return to Capital Athletic Conference action on Thursday, October 15, with play against Wesley College (10-3, 3-0 CAC). The game is slated for a 7:00 p.m. start, where the Spartans will attempt to build onto last season’s 4-3 victory over the Wolverines.
Allison Roush photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh
Game story written by Garrett Wampler - York College Sports Information Student-Intern