#8 Mary Washington Bests Spartans in CAC Opener

#8 Mary Washington Bests Spartans in CAC Opener

YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey team fell to top-ten Mary Washington 7-1 Saturday afternoon in Capital Athletic Conference action in York. With the loss, the Spartans drop to 3-7 and 0-1 in league play while the #8 Eagles improve to a flawless 11-0 and 1-0 in the CAC.

The first half proved tighter than the final result would suggest as Mary Washington held a scant 1-0 lead deep into the opening frame. However, a pair of late goals, including one from Carlee Budd off a penalty corner with no time left on the first half clock, gave the visitors a 3-0 advantage at the break.

Mary Washington would add four more in the second frame as four different Eagles found the back of the cage.

Jenna Steele, who proved dangerous for the visitors in the attack, led Mary Washington with a pair of tallies from a game-leading seven shots. She posted the first goal of the day 13:57 into the contest before finding the back of the cage yet again just over ten minutes into the second half.

Ashlin Jones also provided a pair of goals for the Eagles as she followed Steele's first and preceded her second tally.

York's Kiersten Wetzel (Spring Grove, Pa. / Spring Grove Area) ended the Eagles' shutout bid as she knocked home her third of the season with 3:55 remaining in the contest. Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa. / South Western) garnered the assist on Wetzel's tally.

The Spartans nearly owned an early 1-0 advantage less than five minutes into the contest. Martin struck a shot that was initially saved by Eagle goalkeeper Emily Badis. The ensuing rebound came to Kailey Brewer (Hartly, Del. / Smyrna) who finished her attempt to give the Green and White an apparent early edge. However, that proved not to be as the goal was called back due to a foul.

For the contest, Mary Washington owned a 20-10 advantage in shots and a 10-7 edge in penalty corners.

Emily Badis secured the win for the Eagles in the goal as she made seven saves on the day while Christina Malave posted a pair of defensive saves for Mary Washington. Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy) suffered the loss in the Spartan cage as she also made seven stops.

York returns to action on Wednesday, October 9, when they travel to Salisbury for a 6:00 pm CAC date with the #7 Sea Gulls.

Kailey Brewer photo courtesy of Seth Nenstiel