YORK, Pa. – Three different players scored to go along with a shutout as the York College field hockey team put together a bounce-back performance in a 4-0 victory over Shenandoah University at home on Saturday.
The Spartans (3-2) came out and dictated the tempo in the first half, ripping off 14 first-half shots to just eight by the Hornets (1-2). York's offensive harassment paid off in the 18th minute when Lindsay Nye (Duncannon, Pa. / Susquenita) redirected an insert from Shania Gelvin (Hustontown, Pa. / Forbes Road) from outside the circle.
The Spartans had multiple opportunities to tack on more goals in the first half, but the aggressive play of Hornet goalkeeper Jessica Brown and her six first-half saves held the Green and White to just one tally.
The York defense played a key role in the first half as Shenandoah's offense put five of its eight shots on goal and the Spartans managed to keep all those shots out of the cage. A key defensive save by Kenidy Kubitz (Boyertown, Pa. / Oley Valley) in the 28th minute not only kept the sheet clean in tact for the York defense, but also kept the momentum on York's side.
The Spartans used their first half momentum to put the game out of reach in the second as they put three more goals on the board.
Ali Posey (Airville, Pa. / Red Lion) started the three-goal run in the 54th minute on a Spartan penalty corner when she flipped a high shot that cleared the out-stretched arms of Brown.
Freshman Morgan Weaver (Ephrata, Pa. / Ephrata), who assisted on the previous goal by Posey, tallied her first career goal when she knocked in a loose ball following a scramble in front of the cage.
To put icing on the cake, Nye tallied her second goal of the game when she knocked in her own rebound in the 63rd minute.
Freshman Eve Hauptle (Alexandria, Va. / West Potomac) stood strong in goal as she recorded five saves on the day, four of which came in the first half.
York held a 22-11 shot advantage, while the Hornets owned an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners.
The Spartans will get a tough test in their next game when they travel to No. 6 Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday.
Photo courtesy of Taylor Gamber