YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey squad opened the 2013 campaign in the loss column as they fell to visiting Randolph-Macon 5-4 Friday afternoon in York. In both teams' first games of the season, Catherine Pricone netted all five tallies for the guests as they produced a furious come-from-behind effort to nip the Green and White.
The Spartans' first contest of the season looked promising as the hosts held a 4-2 lead with less than 15 minutes left on the clock. Nancy Saylor (Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central) had put York up 1-0 within the first seven minutes of the game and Kirsten Bridgers (Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg) got involved in the Spartans' next two. She tallied one of her own off the dribble late in the first half before assisting on Alexa Taylor's (York, PA / Red Lion) finish in the middle of the second half, giving York a 3-1 lead. Pricone and Spartan freshman Laken Bull (Glenville, PA / South Western) then traded tallies to provide the what-would-prove-to-be ominous score line.
With just 10:47 remaining, Pricone netted her third of the day to cut the Spartan lead to one at 4-3. She found the back of the cage yet again just over four-and-a-half minutes later to knot the board at 4-4. Pricone then sealed the contest when, with just 3:03 left, she drove home a finish from Lauren Seal's assist to give the Yellow Jackets what would be the 5-4 triumph.
For the game, the visitors led in shots 30-18 and held a 17-6 advantage in penalty corners.
Steph Talley recorded the victory for Randolph-Macon in the cage as she made five saves while her counterpart, York's Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy), notched ten saves in her season debut.
Saylor and Alyssa Martin (Lancaster, Pa. / Conestoga Valley) each made defensive saves for the Green and White while Madeline Santschi recorded one for guests.
The Spartans return to action on Sunday, September 1, as they host McDaniel in a 1:00 pm non-conference tilt.
Nancy Saylor photo courtesy of Chelsea Bock