Spartans Suffer Heart-Wrenching Loss
GWYNEDD-VALLEY, Pa. – The York College field hockey squad suffered a deflating 4-3 overtime loss on Saturday, falling to host Gwynedd-Mercy in a non-conference contest. With the defeat, the Spartans fall to 9-9 on the year while the Griffins improve to 11-6.
The Green and White seemed to be in great shape late in the contest as they looked to secure their tenth win of the campaign. Freshman Kailey Brewer put the Spartans up 3-2 in the 54th minute of the game on her fifth goal of the season.
Carrying that one-goal lead deep into the 70-minute match, York nearly had the game wrapped up until a last second Gwynedd-Mercy goal sent the match into overtime. With just one second remaining on the game clock, Maria Karidas recorded the game-tying goal on an assist from Nicolle Tourdot. Karidas, who notched her second of the day with that score, deadlocked the game at 3-3.
Riding high off their late goal, the Griffins would take it to the shell-shocked Spartans just 15 seconds into the extra session. Sarah Jackson hammered home a Karidas assist to give the hosts the 4-3 come-from-behind triumph.
On the day, the Spartans held a slight 17-16 edge in shots while the host Griffins took a 15-10 lead in penalty corners.
Gwynedd-Mercy goalkeeper Kaylin Bassett picked up the win as she recorded ten saves. York's Lydia Pirie suffers the loss despite making seven stops.
The Spartans finish off the regular season on Tuesday, October 26, when they welcome Franklin & Marshall to Kinsley Field in a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt. Prior to the match, the Spartans will celebrate Senior Day, recognizing their senior student-athletes for their achievements during their time with the Green and White.
Kailey Brewer photo courtesy of Brent Duffy