YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team received good news on Tuesday afternoon as the Spartans broke into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Top 20 after spending the last three week receiving votes. The Spartans made their debut in the poll at #18 with a mark of 9-2.
The Spartans are ranked for the first time since they were 16th on September 11, 2001. The Spartans reached a high of seventh during late September of the 2000 season.
York head coach Katie Fost knows that the rankings are something the Spartans have kept an eye on.
"Since we started receiving votes on Sept. 12th it became a goal for this team to crack the Top 20," says Fost. "I hope that this recognition continues to motivate and inspire our team to keep putting in the effort that is asked of them day in and day out, and that they continue to rise to the challenges put before them."
The Spartans have made hay at home as they are 5-0 at home and have averaged 5.6 goals per game (28 goals) while they have allowed just four goals against in those five games. The Spartans have won both of their Capital Athletic Conference contests, downing Wesley 5-1 and St. Mary's 5-0.
After the Spartans host Bridgewater on Wednesday in the middle game of their season-high five game home stand, York welcomes Mary Washington (Oct. 14) and #9 Salisbury (Oct. 18) to Kinsley Field in a pair of key conference match ups.
"We are constantly talking about staying hungry for more, doing the little things right, and holding ourselves to a very high standard, and I could not be more proud of the ability of this team to keep rising each and every practice, and to continuously put in the hard work I ask of them," says Fost. "They should be really proud of what they have achieved with this milestone, but they know that it doesn't stop here. We want more, and we are willing to put in the work to get after our goals."
The Spartans lead the CAC in goals (50), goals per game (4.5), and penalty corners (125). Senior Autumn Mallory leads the conference in goals (14) and points (30) while sophomore Greta Plappert is second in goals (12) and points (26).
The Spartans have six regular season games left on the schedule. After the next three home games, York heads out on the road to face #8 Christopher Newport on Oct. 21, #13 Franklin & Marshall on October 24 and Frostburg State on October 26.