YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey squad suffered their third-straight loss on Wednesday afternoon, falling to visiting McDaniel 3-2 in a non-conference tilt. With the defeat, the Spartans fall to .500 on the year at 8-8 while the Green Terror improve to 6-8.Things seemed perilous early for the host Spartans as McDaniel jumped on the board early.
Just 1:18 into the contest, and on their first shot of the game, the Green Terror's Kaitlin Boerman tallied her fourth goal of the season. Boerman collected the ball inside the top of the circle before cracking a low shot that skidded its way into the back of cage.
Not long after, the Spartans equalized on Jillian Brezgel's sixth goal of her rookie campaign. From the right endline, senior Katie Dawkins crossed the ball to Brezgel near the right post. The Spartan freshman alertly redirected the pass from the right to the left side of the game to bring the Green and White level at 1-1 4:40 into the game.
Boerman would strike again however as she finished off her second tally of the day in a similar fashion to her first. She received a pass from Lindsay Riordon, wound up, and hammered home her fifth goal of the season 10:50 into the contest. That tally proved to be the game-winner as the Spartans were never able to re-tie the score.
Katherine Jones added the Green Terror's third goal as she converted a penalty stroke in the 39thminute, giving the visitors a much-needed insurance tally.
That insurance goal proved valuable for McDaniel, as the Spartans would find the back of the cage for a second time. In the 48th minute, Dawkins notched her sixth goal of the season following a rebound to bring York to within one at 3-2.
The Spartans nearly tallied the elusive second equalizer with just 3:19 remaining as Sandee Reich sent a shot toward the Green Terror cage. Alas, her attempt was cleared away as Jones recorded the defensive save.
For the contest, York owned a slight 13-11 edge in shots while also tallying a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners.
Goalkeeper Stephanie Thomson picks up the victory in the McDaniel goal as she made nine saves on the afternoon to preserve the win. Maggie Schlauch suffers the loss as she notched one stop over her 54:47. Lydia Pirie relieved Schaluch for the final 15:13 and also made a save.
The Spartans will look to snap their three-game losing skid as they return to action tomorrow Thursday, October 21. York welcomes Goucher to Kinsley Field in a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt. This match also marks the Spartans' annual pink day as the Green and White look to raise both awareness and funds to support the fight against breast cancer.
Katie Dawkins photo courtesy of Brent Duffy