YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team exploded with six goals from five different scorers to overpower Shenandoah University 6-1 on Saturday, handing the Hornets their first loss of the season. The Spartans, coming off an overtime triumph over Dickinson in which the Green and White needed more than 80 minutes to find the back of the net, unleashed 32 shots on Saturday and were constantly creating chances. Senior Ali Posey capped the scoring summary with just under five minutes remaining, eclipsing the 100 career point mark, becoming just the third Spartan in school history to do so.
Records: York 2-1, Shenandoah 3-1
Shots: York 32, Shenandoah 4
Shots on Goal: York 19, Shenandoah 2
Penalty Corners: York 14, Shenandoah 0
Saves: York 1, Shenandoah 13
How It Happened
The Spartans jumped on Shenandoah early, with Autumn Mallory scoring in just 6:22. With a scrum ensuing in front of the net, Mallory, the overtime game winner on Wednesday, found her way to the ball and managed to get her stick on it, opening the scoring for York.
Less than a minute and a half later, the Green and White's lead was doubled when Mallory finished off her second goal of the game, getting on the end of a centering pass from Lindsay Nye. York outshot the Hornets 15-2 in the first half, but it looked as if both teams would head into the halftime break with the score at 2-0. But, with 1:30 remaining in the opening period, Greta Plappert came storming into the circle, weaving through defenders before finally making the goalie miss and slotting the ball into the open net, pushing York's lead to 3-0. The goal was Plappert's third of the season, matching Mallory for the team-best.
The Spartans continued to lay on the pressure in the second half, scoring just 1:42 into the final period when freshman Dana Meehling notched her second of the season. Ten minutes later, Katelyn Curtis would rocket one into the net, cutting the Shenandoah deficit to 4-1, but it wasn't nearly enough to start a comeback.
Paige Taylor worked her way on to the scoring summary, scoring in the 64th minute when her dribbling shot trickled into the net. Ali Posey put the icing on the cake less than a minute and a half later when she buried her penalty stroke opportunity. The goal is Posey's 44th of her career which, along with her 13 assists, pushes her over the 100-point threshold for her career. She becomes just the third Spartan in school history to record 100 points in a career.
Autumn Mallory: 2 goals, 4 shots, 4 shots on goal
Dana Meehling: 1 goal, 6 shots, 4 shots on goal
Ali Posey: 1 goal, 8 shots, 3 shots on goal
Greta Plappert: 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Paige Taylor: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Lindsay Nye: 1 assist, 4 shots, 2 shots on goal
Katelyn Curtis: 1 goal, 1 shot
Daphne Leighty: 1 shot, 1 shot on goal
Eve Hauptle (York): 70 minutes, 1 goal against, 1 save (W, 2-1)
Jenna Rampale (Shenandoah): 70 minutes, 6 goals against, 13 saves (L, 3-1)
The Spartans have won the last three meetings with the Hornets … York is now 6-1 all-time against Shenandoah … Ali Posey joined the 100-point club with her penalty stroke goal … the exclusive list of 100-point earners in Spartan history now includes just Jaclyn Russell (136, '00), April McFarland (115, '09) and Posey … Eve Hauptle completed victory number two in net this year, currently sporting a .652 save percentage … Autumn Mallory and Greta Plappert lead the Spartans in both points (6) and goals (3) … Dana Meehling's goal gives the freshman five points through three games ... York's 32 shots mark the season high, but York's record for shots in a game still sits at 50 (Washington & Jefferson, 2002).
It is a quick turnaround for the Spartans, who will now head on the road on Monday to take on Susquehanna at 7:00 p.m. It is the first time the teams are playing since 2012 in a historically competitive series. The Green and White lead the all-time series 16-15-1, but have dominated the matchup recently, having won the last five.