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Offense Lifts Spartans to Third Straight Win

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team remained red hot as the Spartans won their third straight game as they downed Eastern Mennonite 5-1 in non-conference play Thursday in York.

The Spartans improve to 3-3 overall while the Royals fall to 0-6.

The Royals put the Spartans back on their heels in the opening three minutes of the game as they fired off four shots with one penalty corner in the opening 2:38 of the contest. The Spartans slowly steadied themselves and started taking the play to their guests.

York opened the scoring 10:17 into the game when senior Kirsten Bridgers (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) finished off a Jillian Brezgel (Herndon, Va./Line Mountain) pass for her fourth goal of the year.

York wasted little time in adding to the lead as Brezgel found the back of the cage on a long distance shot from the wing with 24:27 left in the first half. The goal was Brezgel's fourth of the year.

The Royals got on the board for the first time this season with 20:30 remaining in the first half as Jenessa Derstine tipped in a Brianna Kauffman pass for the goal. The Royals entered the game having been outscored 28-0 in their first five games.

The Spartans struck for a third goal just before the half as the Spartans had a break away. The Royals got a defensive save on Laken Bull's (Glenville, Pa./South Western) original shot but sophomore Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa./South Western) did a fantastic job of following the play and drove home the rebound for the 3-1 Spartan lead. Martin's goal came with just nine seconds left in the stanza.

York capped the scoring with a pair of goals early in the second half. Sophomore Jamie Gallo (Pittsgrove, N.J./A.P. Schalick) picked up her first collegiate goal with a tip in of a Bull pass to push the Spartan lead to 4-1. Junior Nancy Saylor (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) closed out the scoring just over four minutes later when she put home a Bridgers assist for the final tally of the game. The goal was Saylor's fourth goal of the year.

The Spartans finished the game with a slight 18-17 edge in total shots including a 9-5 margin in shots on goal. The Spartans also had an 11-7 advantage in penalty corners.

Sophomore Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) notched four saves in the win. Mary Beth Danaher made three saves in the loss for the Royals.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they travel to Lynchburg to face the Hornets in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.

Jillian Brezgel photo courtesy of Zach Rogers

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