September 24, 2013

Spartans Fall to Blue Jays in Non-Conference Tilt

YORK, PA – The Elizabethtown College Blue Jays flew past the York College Spartans 6-1 in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday afternoon in York. The Blue Jays improve to 4-3 overall while the Spartans fall to 3-5 as they have dropped two straight.

The Blue Jays got off to a fast start as Casey Fletcher opened the scoring just 2:19 into the game, putting the guests up 1-0 with her second goal of the year.

Elizabethtown added to the lead in the game's 16th minute as Emily Mason fed Lisa Foose with a pass that Foose touched up and fired into the back of the cage for the 2-0 Elizabethtown lead.

The Spartans broke up the shutout when freshman Kiersten Wetzel (Spring Grove, Pa./Spring Grove Area) received a pass from fellow freshman Sydney LaMarsh (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and finished off the goal with a sweeping shot past Blue Jay goalie Marlena Johnson.

It looked like York would head to the intermission only down one but Andrea Keady got a breakaway and finished off a 1-v-1 with Spartan netminder Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) with just 48 seconds left in the half, giving the Jays a 3-1 lead at the half.

Keady recorded two more goals as she notched a natural hat trick. Keady scored an unassisted goal in the 37th minute and then scored with 6:32 remaining in regulation off a pass from Charity Good. Good then finished off the scoring with Elizabethtown's sixth goal 24 seconds later.

Elizabethtown held a 26-17 advantage in shots including a 15-3 margin in the first half. The Blue Jays had 15 of their 26 shots come on target. York had a 9-7 edge in penalty corners but that number was skewed by the fact that York got four corners after time had expired in the second half.

Johnson earned the win as she made five saves for the Blue Jays. Baker started for York and played the first 36:35 of the game. Baker allowed four goals and made five saves. Brittany Alvarado (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) came into the game in relief of Baker and surrendered two goals with three saves.

The Spartans return to action a week from today when they will travel to Alvernia to face the Crusaders in a non-conference contest. Game time in Reading is set for 4:00 pm.

Sydney LaMarsh photo courtesy of David Sinclair