YORK, Pa. – Four early tallies by Elizabethtown College put the York College field hockey team in a hole it could not climb out of as the Blue Jays went on to claim a 5-1 victory on Wednesday evening at Kinsley Field.
Elizabethtown (1-2), who entered the game with just three goals through two games on the season, put four goals on the board in the first 14 minutes of today's contest.
Kelsey Detweiler opened the scoring in the fourth minute swept the ball into the cage after receiving a helper from Jacki Hikes from the right. Nicole Leaf tacked on another tally just over two minutes later as she ripped a shot from the top of the circle for her first goal of the season.
Alyssa Aichele recorded a pair of goals in the 11th and 14th minute to push the Blue Jay lead to 4-0.
After the second goal by Aichele, Elizabethtown held a 4-0 shot advantage over York (2-2) through just 13 complete minutes of play.
The Spartans started mounting offensive pressure of their own and finished the first half with eight total shots. York put five of those shots on goal, but Blue Jay goalkeeper Margo Donlin saved them all as she finished the game with 10 total saves.
From the end of the 55th minute through the 59th minute, the Spartans executed five consecutive penalty corners. On the fifth corner, a shot by Ali Posey (Airville, Pa. / Red Lion) ricocheted off the post and kicked out to the middle of the circle where Autumn Mallory (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown) collected the loose ball and banged it in for York's only tally on the day.
Elizabethtown tacked on another goal in the 64th minute to seal the deal as Allie Patterson dished off to Andrea Keady inside the circle for the Jays' fifth and final goal of the game.
Freshman goalkeeper Ty McCloskey (Egg Harbor Township, N.J. / Egg Harbor), who entered the game early in relief, finished the game with all six of York's saves.
The Spartans finished the game with a 17-16 shot advantage and a 16-10 advantage in penalty corners.
York will host Shenandoah University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Kinsley Field.
Autumn Mallory photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers