YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team saw their six-match win streak against Susquehanna come to an end on Wednesday as the River Hawks downed the Spartans 4-3 in overtime in York. The River Hawks scored the tying goal with 25 second left in regulation and won the match off a corner at the end of the first overtime.
Final Score: Susquehanna 4 – York 3
Records: York 1-3, Susquehanna 2-3
Shots: York 21, Susquehanna 24
Shots on Goal: York 12, Susquehanna 8
Penalty Corners: York 10, Susquehanna 14
How It Happened:
• The Spartans put on the early pressure with three corners and two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes of the contest.
• The Spartans could not keep up that pressure as River Hawks made it 1-0 in the 18th minute of the first half as Stephanie Sachs tipped in a pass from Gabby Martin, snapping a Susquehanna scoreless streak of over 250 minutes of play.
• The Spartans had a corner in the 31th minute of the first half. Junior Amanda Boclair put in a rebound off of the goalie into the back of the net, tying the game with just over four minutes left in the opening half.
• The River Hawks quickly responded with a goal by Hunter Pitman from an assist by Gabby Martin, her second assist of the game. The goal came with just 1:12 left in the opening half.
• To end the half, the Spartans get two corners. Unfortunately for York, they could not create a dangerous chance as the half expired.
• The Spartans and River Hawks evenly battled out the beginning of the second half as neither team could gain control of play.
• After the even battle, in the 12th minute of the second half the Spartans equalize the game making it 2-2. The goal coming off of a corner play as Julea Truskey passed the ball inside to Lindsay Nye who put a nice swing on it and landed it in the back of the cage.
• Just six minutes later, Greta Plappert gave the Spartans a 3-2 lead over the River Hawks with her first goal of the year. The goal game with 18 minutes left to play in regulation.
• In the last 30 seconds of regulation Hayley Adams had a long run down the field getting the ball into the Spartans territory, with a pass into the middle, Pitman found the ball on her stick and put it past the goalie to tie the game up 3-3 sending it into overtime. The goal came with just 25.7 seconds left in regulation.
• The first ten-minute period of overtime consisted of shots from both teams, putting the pressure on each team's defensive units.
• The leg up came from the River Hawk's corner opportunities. With 0:00 left on the clock, the River Hawks had an opportunity to play out their last possible corner of overtime. Pittman put the ball into the circle and Vivian Simone finished off the win with a sharp shot into the cage for the decisive goal.
Amanda Boclair: 1 Goal, 1 Shot on goal
Linday Nye: 1 Goal, 3 Shots on goal
Greta Plappert: 1 Goal, 3 Shots on goal
Julia Truskey: 1 Assist, 1 Defensive save
Jennifer Morrissette: 2 Defensive saves
River Hawks Lea;ders
Stephanie Sachs, 1 Goal, 1 Shot on goal
Hunter Pitman: 2 Goals, 7 Shots on goal
Gabby Martin: 2 Assists
Vivian Simone: 1 Goal, 2 Shots on goal
Sam Keating (YCP): 80 minutes, 4 goals against, 8 saves (Loss, 1-3)
Veronica Green (SU): 80 minutes, 3 goals against, 5 saves (Win, 2-3)
York is now 17-16-1 all-time against Susquehanna… York came into the match having won the past six games against the River Hawks but the loss snapped that winning streak … Senior Lindsay Nye notching her second goal of the season is now just nine points away from reaching her 100th career point, an accomplishment only five other Spartans in history have reached ... Amanda Boclair and Greta Plappert scored their first goals of the season in the setback … Plappert got her first after missing the first two games of the year with an injury … Plappert is York's lone returning All-South Region player from last year … Senior Jennifer Morrissette, the reigning CAC Defensive Player of the Week, recorded two more defensive saves as she now has six in her last two games … Morrissette continues to build on her own school record as she now has 23 career defensive saves.
The Spartans return home this Saturday to face Albright College. The game is set for a 12:00 pm start at Kinsley Field.
Story written by Nicky Clauter, Athletic Communications Practicum Student