October 31, 2010

Spartan Field Hockey Season Comes to a Close

DOVER, DEL – The York College field hockey team surrendered four unanswered goals to have their 2010 season come to a close courtesy of a 5-3 loss at Wesley College in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Sunday in Dover, Delaware.

The Spartans finished the season dropping three straight as they were outscored 17-7 during the streak. York finishes the season with a mark of 9-11. The Green and White lost six of their final seven matches after being a season-high three games over .500 at 8-5 after their 3-1 win at Frostburg on October 9.

Wesley improves to 12-8 and advances to face the top-seeded Salisbury University Sea Gulls in Wednesday's conference semifinals.

The Wolverines started the scoring just 4:11 into the game as Madison Leone scored on Wesley's first shot of the game. Brooke Tadlock earned the assist as the hosts took the early lead. 

The Spartans took less than a minute to tie the game as sophomore standout Sandee Reich corralled a Jillian Brezgel cross and lifted it past Wesley goalkeeper Sarah Johnson for the goal at the 5:04 mark. The goal was Reich's team-leading tenth of the year as she finished with a team-leading 24 points.

Spartan senior Katie Dawkins put the Spartans on top at the 10:09 mark as she captured a rebound off a Casey Lawrence shot and deposited the ball in the back of the cage for the 2-1 lead.

Dawkins pushed the Spartan lead to 3-1 with 7:49 remaining in the first half as she again hooked up with Lawrence as Dawkins redirected a Lawrence shot into the cage for the Spartans.

Wesley started their comeback a mere 1:18 after Dawkins second goal as Danielle Tearl captured a loose ball in the box and drove it past Spartan goalie Lydia Pirie for the tally, cutting the Spartan lead to 3-2 heading to the half.

Dawkins almost got her third goal of the game just 12 seconds before the break but Wesley's Dana Keller recorded a defensive save for Wolverines, denying the Spartan senior a hat trick.

The Wolverines tied the game 13:21 into the second half as Tadlock collected her own rebound and drilled it past Pirie for the goal. Wesley took the lead for good with 12:16 remaining in the game when Leone took a Tadlock cross and scored her second goal of the day, giving the Wolverines a lead they would not relinquish.

Tadlock added her second goal of the match with 2:15 left in the game as she stole the ball off a free hit, dribbled in on Pirie and scored for the Wolverines.

The Wolverines outshot the Spartans 15-8 including a whopping 11-1 in the second half. Wesley held a slight 7-6 margin in penalty corners.

Johnson earned the win as she notched two saves. The Wolverines posted three defensive saves in the game including a pair by Keller. Pirie notched nine saves but allowed all five of the Wesley goals in her 70 minutes of work.

The Spartans say goodbye to Dawkins, Lawrence, and fellow seniors Kelly Kreamer and Becky Reeves as they combined to win 37 matches in their four year careers.

Reich and Brezgel will highlight the Spartan returners for 2011 as the Green and White will look to return to double digits in wins.

Katie Dawkins photo courtesy of Robin Rice