YORK, Pa. – The York College women's field hockey team lost to #19 Lynchburg in a non-conference matchup Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field. A late goal for the Spartans would not be enough to get a victory.
With the loss the Spartans now fall to 6-5 overall and the Hornets improve their record to 10-3.
The Spartans struggled during the first half. They could not get their offense going and the Hornets held them to zero shots. Halfway through the period junior Kailey Brewer (Hartly, Del./Smyrna) had a nice look but the ball would end up going off the end line. The Green and White defense along with goalkeeper Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) played strong and did not allow Lynchburg to score on any of their first half opportunities.
Only six minutes into the second half the Hornets scored to take a 1-0 lead. Kelli Williams scored her first goal of the season off an assist by Nicole Marburger on a penalty corner. Less than two minutes later the Hornets were awarded a penalty stroke after a Spartan defender covered up the ball in front of the cage. Marburger scored on the stroke and recorded her third goal of the season.
Down 2-0 the Spartans were determined to get back in the game. With time winding sophomore Nancy Saylor (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) brought the ball into the circle and pushed a pass towards the middle of the cage. Junior Madi Wilt (Harwood, Md./Kent Island) scored her sixth goal of the season with a backhand shot at 58:21.
Unfortunately the Hornets would waste little time to get back on the board. Lynchburg marched down the field and scored their third goal of the game only 50 seconds after Wilt had scored. Colleen Dore was credited with the goal and Danielle Kreider had the assist.
Lynchburg's third goal would prove to be enough and the Hornets would hold on for the victory.
The Green and White were outshot 19-11 in total shots and 13-3 in shots on goal. The Spartans held a slim 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Baker played another strong game for the Spartans as she was peppered with a lot of shots on goal. She finished the game with nine total saves. The Hornets goalkeeper Hannah Myers recorded two saves.
York returns to action Tuesday when they travel to DeSales for a non-conference contest at 4:30 pm.