YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team scored a season-high eight goals in an 8-2 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Wesley College on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day and Play for Trey Day.
The lone Spartan senior Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa. / South Western) got in on the scoring frenzy as she tallied the final goal of the contest off a penalty corner on the final play game. Martin also had dished out an assist earlier in the contest as she now has eight points on the season with two goals and four assists.
The Spartans (9-7, 3-3 CAC) fell behind early as the Wolverines (3-13, 0-5) managed to score a goal following a penalty corner that took a fortuitous bounce high in the air and was batted in by Lauren Niezgoda.
York finally mounted a counter attack in the 17th minute of play when Beth Patrick (Pitman, N.J. / Pitman) sharply redirected a hard pass from Ali Posey (Airville, Pa. / Red Lion) on a penalty corner. The Spartans then took their first lead of the contest in the 22nd minute when Autumn Mallory (Leonardtown, Md. / Leonardtown) knocked in a loose ball rebound in traffic from close range.
The Wolverines once again scored another fluky goal, which tied the game in the 26th minute when they once again batted in a ball that had deflected high into the air.
Soon after the second Wolverine goal, freshman Morgan Weaver (Ephrata, Pa. / Ephrata) tallied back-to-back goals in a span of less than four minutes to put the Spartans ahead 4-2. Weaver received helpers from Lindsay Nye (Duncannon, Pa. / Susquenita) and Mallory on the goals.
Following the goals by Weaver, the Spartans took total control of the game, out-scoring the Wolverines 4-0 in the second half. Four different Spartans tallied the goals in the second half, including freshman Paige Taylor (York, Pa. / Red Lion) who scored her first career goal for the Green and White.
The Spartans dominated the shot column as they out-shot Wesley 27-7 with 23 shots on goal.
With the win today, York wraps up its regular season conference play and currently ranks fourth in the CAC standings. The Spartans will most likely retain the fourth playoff seed and will host the fifth seed, which is currently Frostburg, on November 1 in the first round of the CAC playoffs.
The Spartans close out the regular season on Tuesday when they travel to Juniata College for a 4:00 p.m. contest
Holly Martin photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers