March 21, 2013

Solid Team Effort Lifts #10 Spartans to 9-4 Win over Dickinson

YORK, PA - The York College Spartans faced off against Dickinson College Red Devils in their seventh game of the season and walked away with a 9-4 non-conference win over the Red Devils on a cold Thursday afternoon in York. 

The Spartans, who are ranked tenth in the nation, improve to 6-1 overall while the Red Devils fall to 4-3.

It didn't take York College long to take the lead as Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) scored the first goal of the game a mere 43 seconds into the game.  The lead would not last long as Dickinson's Ali Dawson scored her teams' first goal of the game, assisted by Kara Glazer, with 25:40 left in the first.

York's Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) answered right back with an unassisted goal with 22:42 left in the first.  The Spartans' lead was extended to 3-1 after Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Delaware County Christian) scored her first goal of the game, assisted by Stine. Wayson was able to squeeze one more goal in before the end of the half, her second goal of the game as York took a 4-1 lead to the break.

York quickly opened up the second half with a goal from Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) with 28:12 left in the second half.  Six minutes later, Dickinson's Carly O'Brien, fired one in the back of the net to cut the lead to 5-2.  The Spartans' Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y./Islip) answered back within less than a minute to extend the lead to 6-2. Nicolich's goal was assisted by Stine. 

Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York) scored her first goal of the game with 12:40 left to play to extend York's lead to 7-2.  With 10:12 left to play, Dickinson's Kelly Haglund, scored the Red Devils' third goal of the game as York's lead stood at 7-3.

York's Jenna Hiponia (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) made her presence known at the end of the game scoring back-to-back goals to push York's lead to 9-3. O'Brien scored her second goal for Dickinson and it was also the last goal of the game with 3:25 left.

Stine led York College to victory today with a career-high four points, coming off of three assists and a goal. Wayson and Hiponia added two goals each for the Spartans to aid the York offense. O'Brien led Dickinson with two goals. 

York outplayed Dickinson in every category during todays contest.  The Spartans outshot the Red Devils 29-16 while the Green and White also held a 25-16 advantage in ground balls.  York forced 19 Dickinson turnovers while the Spartans committed 16 miscues of their own.

The Spartans' Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) was fantastic in goal for York as she played all 60 minutes, recording seven saves and allowing just the four goals.

Grace Morelli went the distance in net for Dickinson as she made 13 saves while she allowed nine goals in 60 minutes of play.

The Spartans will put their five-game win streak on the line on Saturday when they host St. Mary's College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest at Kinsley Field. First draw is set for 1:00 pm in York.

Written by David Boslough – York College Athletic Communications Practicum Student

Megan Stine photo courtesy of Kyle Gurganious - Athletic Communications Student Photographer

Prior to today's game, the teams paused for a moment of silence in rememberance of Seton Hill Head Coach Kristine Quigley who was killed in a tragic bus accident last Saturday en route to Millersville for a game.

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