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Senior Day a Success as #18 Spartans Down Eagles, 4-3

Spartan Senior Day photo courtesy of Shane Guise
Spartan Senior Day photo courtesy of Shane Guise

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team stayed red hot as the Spartans earned their sixth straight win with a 4-3 win over the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon in York. The victory for York snaps a 22-game losing streak against the Eagles and keeps York unbeaten in CAC play at 3-0.

Prior to the game, the Spartans honored their five-player senior class as a part of Senior Day ceremonies.


Records: York 11-2 (3-0 CAC), UMW 8-6 (1-2 CAC)

Shots: York 22, UMW 12

Shots on Goal: York 14, UMW 7

Penalty Corners: York 13, UMW 4

Saves: York 4, UMW 10


How It Happened

• The Spartans were the aggressors early as they earned the game's first corner just 1:24 into the game. Ali Posey's shot off the corner was high but the Spartans set the tone early.

• The Spartans got a second penalty corner 8:06 into the game. Beth Patrick inserted the ball to Dana Meehling who lobbed the ball towards the cage. Junior Lindsay Nye was on the back side post and tipped the ball into the cage for the 1-0 York lead with 26:46 left in the opening half.

• The Spartans continued to have the better of the first half play as they spent a majority of the half in the Eagles' defensive third. The Spartans pushed the lead to 2-0 with just 5:55 left in the half as Ali Posey pushed a pass to the wing where Dana Meehling finished off the chance for her eighth goal of the year.

• The Spartans finished the first half with an 11-5 edge in shots and a 6-2 margin in penalty corners.

• The second half started off with some offensive fireworks. The Spartans opened the second half scoring a mere 42 seconds into the stanza. Greta Plappert fired a shot across the face of the goal and junior Paige Taylor finished off the chance as she tipped the ball into the cage for the 3-0 Spartan lead as York looked primed to run away with the game.

• The Eagles wasted little time in answering the Spartans. Lauren Hopkins got the Eagles on the board as she found herself unguarded in the circle as she collected a loose ball, dribbled toward the cage and poked a shot into the far right post to get UMW on the board. Hopkins goal came just 56 seconds after Taylor's goal, snapping the shutout for the Spartans. The goal was Hopkins' 10th of the season.

• York pushed their lead to 4-1 with 25:25 left in the game when Nye tallied her second goal of the game, the eventual game winner on a nice move and finish inside the circle for the goal.

• The Eagles once again answered as they got an Erin Kaila goal off a restart. Kaila dribbled into the top of the circle and fired off a shot that eluded the Spartan defense and found the back of the cage. Kaila's goal came a mere 2:19 after Nye's second goal.

• Mary Washington cut the Spartan lead to one as Lexie Dixson fired a shot from the top of the circle that found the cage just inside the right post. The goal came with with 19:43 left in regulation.

• The Spartans had a pair of great chances in the final 18 minutes of play but a fast break opportunity was snuffed out and an apparent goal was negated by the officials as York clung to a one goal lead.

• The Eagles had a corner at the end of regulation but the Spartans were able to clear it out and end the game, snapping the lengthy losing streak to the Eagles.


Spartan Leaders

Lindsay Nye: 2 goals, 5 shots, 4 shots on goal

Dana Meehling: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Paige Taylor: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Beth Patrick: 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Ali Posey: 1 assist, 5 shots, 2 shots on goal


Mary Washington Leaders

• Lauren Hopkins: 1 goal, 4 shots, 3 shots on goal

• Lexi Dixson: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

• Erin Kaila: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

• Allegra Massey-Elim: 4 shots, 1 shot on goal


Goalie Comparison

Eve Hauptle (YCP): 70:00 minutes played, 3 goals against, 4 saves (Win, 11-2)

Jessica Cavolt (UMW): 70:00 minutes played, 4 goals against, 10 saves (Loss, 8-5)  



This is the first win for the Spartans against the Eagles since October 26, 2000 when York defeated Mary Washington 1-0 in the CAC tournament semifinals … the Spartans went 2-0 against the Eagles in 2000 as they earned a 4-2 win in Fredericksburg on September 16 … Mary Washington holds a 34-6 advantage in the all-time series … the Spartans celebrated the careers of seniors Ali Posey, Autumn Mallory, Kenidy Kubitz, Beth Patrick, and Anne Measley prior to the game … the seniors have put together a four year record of 47-24 for the Green and White … the three goals allowed in the win are the second most York has allowed this year (7 vs. #1 Messiah and 3 vs. Lynchburg) … the Mary Washington goal early in the second half snapped a Spartan defensive scoreless streak of 239:53 dating back to the Stevenson match … the Spartans remain unbeaten at home as they have outscored their seven opponents 36-7 … the three goals allowed were the Spartans' most at home this year … the four goals mark the ninth time this year York has scored at least four goals … York has scored four or more goals in their last five games … the Spartans notched 13 penalty corners and that is five games in a row in which York has reached double figures in penalty corners … York has outshot their last six opponents 141-43 during their current win streak … junior Lindsay Nye recorded her first multi-goal game of the year with her third and fourth goals of the year … Nye now has four multi-goal games in her career … Nye's game winning goal is the 10th of her career … Nye is now 7th on the all-time goal scoring list with 34 for her career … her 81 points also ranks her seventh on the Spartans' all-time list … senior Autumn Mallory had her five-match scoring streak snapped in the win … Mallory looked like she tallied her 16th goal of the year but it was waved off in the second half … Mallory is one point away from joining the 100 career point club as she has 45 goals and nine assists in 71 career games … the win for York is their second as a ranked squad this week … York will face three straight ranked squads in their next three as they host Salisbury (#9), travel to Christopher Newport (#8) and trek to Franklin & Marshall (#13).


Up Next

The Spartans conclude their season-high five game home stand with a match against #9 Salisbury University in a match up of nationally ranked squads. The match is slated for a 6:00 pm start on Wednesday evening, October 18.