YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team earned a boost in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Coaches Poll on Tuesday to No. 16. The Spartans finally jumped inside the top 20 last Tuesday after three weeks of receiving votes, and currently sit at 11-2 and on a six-game win streak.
This week is an enormous one for the Spartans, with two chances to knock off top-10 teams. On Wednesday, York hosts Salisbury University at Kinsley Field at 6 p.m. The NFHCA Coaches Poll placed the Sea Gulls at No. 8, holding a record of 8-3 and 2-1 in conference play. Then, on Saturday, the Spartans will head to fifth-ranked Christopher Newport. CNU is 4-0 in the CAC and 13-1 overall.
First year head coach Katie Fost has her eyes firmly locked on what's ahead. "Each every day we do our best to stay hungry, stay focused, and remember the end goal," Fost said. "We still have a lot we want to accomplish, and after each game we are excited to get back on the field and see how we can improve."
The Green and White have dominated inside the friendly confines of Kinsley Field, boasting a 7-0 record, while outscoring their opponents 36-7 in the process. In the Capital Athletic Conference, York sits at 3-0, as one of the two remaining unbeaten teams, along with Christopher Newport.
The Spartan offense has excelled through 13 games, leading the CAC in goals (58) and goals per game (4.5). Three of the top five scorers, and the top two, in conference are Spartans, led by Autumn Mallory (15) and Greta Plappert (13). Dana Meehling is fifth with eight goals. Showing the depth of their offensive firepower, three different York players reside in the top five in assists. Beth Patrick and Ali Posey each have seven assists and Lindsay Nye has recorded five along the way.
Looking further ahead, the final two games of the regular season will be on the road at No. 12 Franklin & Marshall and Frostburg St.