NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College field hockey squad dropped their third straight match as #14 Christopher Newport edged the Spartans 2-1 in a Capital Athletic Conference clash on Saturday in Newport News, Virginia.
The Captains improve to 9-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. The Green and White falls to 6-6 overall and 0-2 in the conference with the loss.
The Spartans got on the board early as sophomore standout Ali Posey (Airville, Pa./Red Lion) collected a rebound off her initial shot and poked the ball home for the York goal just 6:16 into the game. The goal capped a run of four straight Spartan shots as they came out of the gate very strong. The goal is Posey's team-leading 15th goal of the campaign.
The Captains would tie the game just 6:10 later as Cori Black notched her third goal of the year.
The Spartans rebounded and continue to pressure the Captain defense but, unfortunately for York, Captain goalie Bailey Lien was up to the task and kept the Spartan offense at bay.
The Captains got the game winner with no time left in the first half as CNU was awarded a penalty corner with less than ten seconds left in the half. The Captains Brittany Muir slotted a pass to Madison Doss who finished the chance inside the left post, giving the Captains a huge dose of momentum heading into the second half.
The second half was a very defensive oriented stanza. The Spartans stood tall in the half as they kept the highflying Captains off the board. The Captains entered the game averaging 4.1 goals per game.
Freshman keeper Eve Hauptle (Alexandra, Va./West Potomac) recorded three saves while defenders Jennifer Morrissette (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) and Sydney LaMarsh (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) each picked up a defensive save in the half. The defensive save for Morrissette was her team-leading eighth of the year as she is ranked in the top 20 in all of Division III in total defensive saves.
York was limited to three second half shots as all three came on goal in the half.
The Captains finished the game outshooting the Spartans 18-16 while York had a 12-11 margin in shots on goal. Both teams had seven penalty corners in the match.
Lien earned the win as she made eight saves in her 70 minutes in cage. Hauptle played well as the freshman had seven stops in the loss.
The Spartans will look to get back on the winning side of the ledger on Wednesday when they host St. Mary's College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time from Kinsley Field is set for 4:00 pm.