LEXINGTON, Va. – The York College women's field hockey team beat Washington and Lee 2-1 Saturday afternoon in a non-conference matchup. With the win the Spartans are 2-2 on the season, while Washington and Lee falls to 1-2.
The game was the first time the Spartans and the Generals have played. Washington and Lee's astro-turf proved to be an advantage for the Spartans and their speed.
The Spartans got things going offensively at 9:46 with four shots and three penalty corners. Senior Sandee Reich (Pitman, N.J./Glassboro) finished the offensive push with the first goal of the game at 18:13. The rest of the half went back and forth between both teams. Washington and Lee fought hard and was awarded a penalty stroke 40 seconds before halftime, but goalkeeper Brittany Alvarado (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) had a great save to keep the Spartans on top.
York came out ready to play in the second half. Junior Madi Wilt (Harwood, Md./Kent Island) scored her first goal of the season at 36:30 off a pass from Reich. Shortly after Wilt scored the game experienced a 30-minute lighting delay. The Spartans continued to play offensively after the delay, getting seven more shots off and four more corners. The Generals made a push at the end of the game, as Charlotte MacDonald scored a goal off a pass from Claire Townsley to make the game 2-1 with just under 11 minutes left. However, York's two goals would prove to be enough and the Spartans would hang on for the victory.
"We took the field with intensity today," said head coach Jamie Swartz. " We played two solid halves and worked together very well."
The Green and White outshot Washington and Lee 18-12. The Generals took the advantage in penalty corners 11-9. York's Alvarado made seven saves for the win, while Washington and Lee's goalkeeper Kristen Kyne also made seven saves.
The Spartans return to action Thursday at 7:00 pm when they travel to Eastern Mennonite.