Spartans Erase Three-Goal Second Half Deficit En Route to OT Victory

Spartans Erase Three-Goal Second Half Deficit En Route to OT Victory

WESTMINSTER, Md. – The York College field hockey team needed a second-half comeback and overtime to pull off a 6-5 victory on the road at McDaniel College on Wednesday afternoon.

The Spartans (5-2) looked strong out of the gates as Sydney LaMarsh (Pasadena, Md. / Chesapeake) hooked up with Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa. / South Western) on a penalty corner just past the opening minute for the game's first tally.

The Green Terror (5-2) responded with a goal if its own a little over a minute later, but Shania Gelvin (Hustontown, Pa. / Forbes Road) put York back in the lead in the 6th minute of play when she put in a loose ball on the backside of the play for her first tally of the season.

McDaniel countered hard and threw six shots at the goal before finally tallying an equalizer less than two minutes to go in the first half.

The Green Terror took its first lead of the game shortly into the second half and then tacked on another goal in the 40th minute to take a 4-2 lead.

McDaniel took a commanding 5-2 lead in the 47th minute and had three goals on three shots in the second half before York could record a second-half shot. 

Following the third second half goal by McDaniel, the Spartans regrouped and came out looking to get back on the board as they forced four penalty corners in the next four minutes. York's efforts were rewarded as Ali Posey (Airville, Pa. / Red Lion) converted a penalty stroke to cut the deficit to two.

The goal by Posey started a run of three goals in a span of 10 minutes that the Spartans used to tie the score for the third time on the day. Lindsay Nye (Duncannon, Pa. / Susquenita) pulled York to within one goal of the tie when she tallied a goal after an initial shot by Beth Patrick (Pitman, N.J. / Pitman) had been saved. Patrick eventually got on the score sheet as she tallied the equalizer after receiving a helper from Martin on a penalty corner.

After giving up the fifth goal to McDaniel in the 47th minute, York finished regulation with a 6-0 advantage in shots and a 10-0 lead in penalty corners.

The momentum York built up to end regulation carried directly over into overtime as the Spartans rattled off three shots and one penalty corner before Posey tallied the game-winning goal on a penalty stroke less than eight minutes into the period.

York finished with 16 total shots, 14 of which went on goal, and 14 penalty corners, while McDaniel finished with 14 total shots, 13 on goal, and just nine penalty corners.

Defensively, Eve Hauptle (Alexandria, Va. / West Potomac) made seven saves in 54 minutes of play and freshman defender Jennifer Morrissette (Chambersburg, Pa. / Chambersburg) recorded her sixth defensive save of the season, moving her into a tie for fifth on the program's all-time single season list.

The Spartans will be back in action on Saturday when the travel to No. 13 Lynchburg College (7-0) for a noon contest. York will be back at home next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. against Dickinson College.

Ali Posey photo courtesy of David Sinclair