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Spartan Offense Erupts in Victory over Elizabethtown

Ali Posey photo courtesy of Wyatt Eaton - Elizabethtown Athletic Communications
Ali Posey photo courtesy of Wyatt Eaton - Elizabethtown Athletic Communications

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team had their biggest offensive performance of the year as they exploded for an 8-2 win over Elizabethtown College in a non-conference contest at York on Wednesday afternoon.

The Spartans have won five straight after their season-opening loss at top ranked and defending champion Messiah.  


Records: York 5-1, Elizabethtown 3-4

Shots: York 29, Elizabethtown 4

Shots on Goal: York 21, Elizabethtown 3

Penalty Corners: York 16, Elizabethtown 3

Saves: York 1, Elizabethtown 13


How It Happened

• The Spartans carried the play from the opening whistle as the Spartans got the game's first shot off inside the first two minutes and eared a penalty corner 30 seconds later. That pressure would pay off as junior Paige Taylor tipped in an Ali Posey pass from the top of the circle 2:41 into the game for the 1-0 lead.

• York continued to pressure the Blue Jay defense and found the back of the cage for the second time when Beth Patrick notched a goal as she collected the ball, drove to the end line and snuck a shot inside the near post for the 2-0 Spartan lead midway through the first half.

• The Spartans made it 3-0 just over seven minutes later as Posey lofted a pass towards the goal that fellow senior Anne Measley tipped home for the Spartan goal.

• The Spartans outshot the Blue Jays 15-0 in the first half and also held a 12-0 margin in penalty corners.

• It wouldn't take long for York to add to their lead in the opening minute of the second half as Lindsay Nye sprung Autumn Mallory with a long outlet pass. Mallory beat a defender and drilled the ball into the back of the cage for her sixth goal of the year.

• The Blue Jays showed some life after the Spartan goal as they came back with back-to-back shots followed by a penalty corner. Elizabethtown converted the penalty corner into an Emma Christman goal as she scored off a pass from Megan Eppley, cutting York's lead to 4-1.

• The Green and White answered the goal exactly 33 seconds later as Greta Plappert converted a loose ball in the circle into her sixth goal of the year as she is tied with Mallory for the team lead.

• Junior Lindsay Nye scored York's next two goals as she converted a pass from Plappert with a backhanded flick, giving York a 6-1 lead.

• Nye struck again just over three and a half minutes later as she beat a charging Elizabethtown goalie for the 7-1 York lead.

• Sophomore Meghan Heary closed out the win with her first goal as she finished off a loose ball in front of the cage for the 8-1 lead.

• The Blue Jays closed out the scoring with a Abyy Spessard goal with just under five minutes left in regulation.


Spartan Leaders

Lindsay Nye: 2 goals, 11 shots, 7 shots on goal

Paige Taylor: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Autumn Mallory: 1 goal, 4 shots, 3 shots on goal

Anne Measley: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal

Greta Plappert: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots on goal

Beth Patrick: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Meghan Heary: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Ali Posey: 2 assists, 5 shots, 3 shots on goal


Elizabethtown Leaders

• Emma Christman: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

• Abby Spessard: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

• Megan Eppley: 1 assist

• Addie Stang: 1 assist

• Madison Kubik: 1 shot on goal


Goalie Comparison

Eve Hauptle (YCP): 56:06 minutes played, 1 goal against, 1 save (Win, 5-1)

Sam Keating (YCP): 13:54 minutes played, 1 goal against, 0 saves

Margo Donlin (EC): 40:23 minutes played, 5 goals against, 9 saves (Loss, 3-4)

Hannah Mack (EC): 29:37 minutes played, 3 goals against, 4 saves



The Spartans snap a two game losing streak against the Blue Jays with their emphatic win … The Blue Jays still hold a significant edge in the all-time series as they are 26-7-1 against the Green and White … The Spartans matches their five-game streak from last year when York downed CNU, Johns Hopkins, Wesley, Stevenson and Lynchburg from September 24 through October 8 … York also had a five game winning streak last season to open the campaign … the Spartans scored a season-high eight goals, besting their two six goal efforts (vs. Shenadoah on Sept. 9 and at Albright on Sept. 16) … York has scored 22 goals in their last four games … York earned a season-high 16 penalty corners … junior All-CAC midfielder Lindsay Nye tallied her first two goals of the year and made a number of key passes in the win … the two goal game is her first since last October 8 win the win over Lynchburg … it is Nye's seventh game with multiple goals in her career … senior Ali Posey continues to add to her career total with two more assists as she now has 106 career points … Posey ranks third on the all-time scoring list as she trails Spartan Hall of Famer Jaclyn Russell (136 points) and April McFarland (115) … sophomore Meghan Heary notched her first collegiate goal in the game as she notched an unassisted tally with 16:54 left in the game.


Up Next

The Spartans head out on the road for the next three games as they head to Lynchburg College to face the Hornets in a key non-conference match on Friday afternoon at 5:00 pm in Lynchburg, Virginia. York then heads to Baltimore to face Johns Hopkins next Wednesday followed by a trip to Dover, Delaware to face Wesley on Sunday, October 1.