September 15, 2009

Spartans Post Four in Win Over Susquehanna

SELINSGROVE, PA – The York College field hockey team used four goals from four different players Tuesday afternoon to down host Susquehanna 4-2 in non-conference action. With the victory the Spartans up their season mark to 2-3 while the Crusaders drop to 2-4.

The Spartans opened up the scoring in the 17th minute when Brittany Simmons (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) buried an Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) pass to give York an early 1-0 advantage. Junior Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic) inserted a penalty corner that Roush centered to Simmons, which the sophomore finished for her first collegiate goal.

York’s lead quickly evaporated though, as the Crusaders tied the game just over a minute later. Andrea Fiori got to a loose ball in front of the Spartan cage that she poked across the line to knot the score at one.

Despite the setback, the Spartans responded in earnest, tallying their next goal shortly after. Roush knocked an attempt on the Crusader goal but was thwarted by an Erin Ferguson save. The ensuing rebound however found the stick of freshman forward Sandee Reich (Pitman, N.J./Glassboro) who wasted little time in securing the second goal of her young career.

The Green and White would fire off nine more shots in the frame, eight of which were saved by Ferguson, but were unable to add to their slight lead.

At the half, the Spartans held a huge 14-3 advantage in shots as well as a 6-2 margin in penalty corners.

As a new stanza commenced, the Crusaders deadlocked the score once again on an Anna Spisak tally just 3:13 into the second frame.

York’s Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) nearly put York up by one once more in the 44th minute but a defensive save by Susquehanna’s Laurel Monaghan kept the scoreboard showing a 2-2 contest.

Spangler would record her tally in the 54th minute, knocking home what would prove to be the game-winner. A Lawrence corner found Spangler who finished for her first notch of 2009.

Up one, the Spartan defense did not allow another Crusader shot throughout the final 16 minutes of play.

The Green and White would add to their lead with 7:34 left on the clock on Katie Dawkins’ (Easton, Md./Easton) team-leading fifth goal of the season. Dawkins ripped her initial shot, which was stopped by Ferguson, but then recorded the tally on the resulting rebound.

For the game, the York squad held a 21-8 bulge in shots to go along with a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners.

Senior netminder Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) notches her second victory of the season making four saves over her 70 minutes. Ferguson played an exceptional match between the pipes as she kept her squad in the game throughout posting 13 stops.

The Green and White return home on Thursday, September 17, as they face Juniata in a 5:00 pm non-conference tilt.

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Megan Spangler photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)

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