YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team picks up an important victory on Saturday over conference foe St. Mary's courtesy of a two-goal performance by freshman Liz Maue. With the win the Spartans improve to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the CAC, while the Seahawks fall to 5-8 and 3-2 in the CAC.
York jumped out to a comfortable 2-0 lead early in the first half. The first score came on a penalty corner as Maue knocked in a loose ball that was initially blocked by a Seahawk defender. Two minutes later, the Green and White tallied their second goal when senior captain Brittany Simmons slipped a pass in front of the cage to Madi Wilt who had positioned herself on the backside of the play. Wilt received the pass and swiftly poked in her seventh goal of the season.
Just under four minutes into the second half, St. Mary's came out and cut the lead to one following an unassisted goal from Paige Decker. The Seahawks tallied a second score with just over three minutes remaining in the contest following a penalty corner. Ali McIntosh inserted the ball to Samantha Locke who finished the play with a goal.
After seeing their two-goal lead get wiped away, the Spartans would capitalize on a penalty corner with less than two minutes left in the game to capture the victory. Senior captain Colleen O'Rourke fed a pass across the circle to Maue who was in position for an open shot. Maue collected the pass and tallied her second goal of the contest, which proved to be the game winner.
Winning goalkeeper Lydia Pirie improves her record to 3-2 as she tallied four saves in the contest. Seahawk goalkeeper Christy Bishop falls to 3-6 with the loss, but managed four saves of her own.
On a quiet offensive day for both sides, York held the edge in shots with a margin of 10-8 and the Spartans maintained the advantage in penalty corners 8-3.
York will return to action on Wednesday as they return home to face Capital Athletic Conference opponent Frostburg State. The conference tilt is slated for 4:00 pm.
Liz Maue photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh – sharpedgefoto.com
Game story written by Derek Behrenshausen - York College Athletic Communications student-intern