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#8 Salisbury Downs #16 Spartans in Battle of Nationally Ranked Squads

Lindsay Nye photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Lindsay Nye photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team had their six match win streak snapped as #8 Salisbury University blanked the #16 Spartans 3-0 in a key Capital Athletic Conference contest in York. The loss is the first home setback for the Spartans as they end the regular season with a 7-1 mark at Kinsley Field.   


Records: #16 York 11-3 (3-1 CAC), #8 Salisbury 9-3 (3-1 CAC)

Shots: York 17, Salisbury 11

Shots on Goal: York 9, Salisbury 8

Penalty Corners: York 8, Salisbury 6

Saves: York 5, Salisbury 9


How It Happened

• The opening 20 minutes of play featured the two teams going back and forth with neither team garnering any significant momentum.

• The Sea Gulls struck quickly in the 22nd minute. Arielle Johnston carried the ball along the left end line. She fired off an initial shot that was saved. Johnston collected the rebound and slid a nice pass to Emily Lemanski who found a slot between Spartan goalie Eve Hauptle and the left post and put home the shot for the game's opening goal. The goal was Lemanski's seventh of the year.

• The second goal came after there was a scrum in front of the Spartan goal. Hauptle had stopped a loose ball but the Sea Gulls wrestled it away and the ball sat in front of the goal where Nicole Linder finished off the chance in front of an open goal for the 2-0 Sea Gull lead. The tally came a mere 1:37 later.

• York had some first half chances as they fired three shots on goal and six overall but Salisbury goalie Tessie Windsor was up to the task in keeping the Spartan off the board.

• The Sea Gulls pushed the lead to 3-0 just under ten minutes into the second half off a corner play. Salisbury's Natalie Wilkinson inserted the corner pass to Johnston at the top of the circle. Johnston then slid a pass over to Camryn Dennis who one-timed a rocket into the back of the cage for her second goal of the year.

• The third goal seemed to wake up the Spartan offense went on the attack as they started to press the tempo. Unfortunately for York, Windsor was up to the task as she turned the Spartans away time and time again in the final 25 minutes of the game. Windsor had six saves in the final 25 minutes of the game as she earned the shutout win.

• York outshot the Sea Gulls 17-11 including 9-8 in shots on goal.


Spartan Leaders

Autumn Mallory: 5 shots, 1 shot on goal

Ali Posey: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Greta Plappert: 2 shots on goal

Beth Patrick: 2 shots on goal


Salisbury Leaders

Emily Lemanski: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Camryn Dennis: 1 goal, 3 shots, 1 shot on goal

Nicole Linder: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Arielle Johnston: 2 assists, 1 shot on goal

Tara Daddio: 2 shots on goal


Goalie Comparison

Eve Hauptle (YCP): 50:26 minutes played, 3 goals against, 4 saves (Loss, 11-3)

Sam Keating (YCP): 19:34 minutes played, 0 goals against, 1 save

Tressie Windsor (SAL): 70:00 minutes played, 0 goals against, 9 saves (Win, 9-3)  



The Spartans fall to 1-32 all-time against the Sea Gulls … the Spartans were shutout for the first time this year and the first time since the last time they played Salisbury on November 2, 2016 when the Gulls blanked the Spartans in the CAC semifinals … the Spartans entered the game as the top scoring outfit in the CAC while Salisbury was the second-best defensive unit in the conference … the Spartans are now 0-2 against nationally ranked squads (loss @ #1 Messiah on Sept. 1) this season … the Spartans lost for the first time at home this year and snapped a 13-game win streak at Kinsley Field dating back to the September 24 win against Christopher Newport … York is now 2-1 as a nationally ranked squad this year … York now sits in a second place tie with Salisbury at 3-1 but the Gulls hold the head to head tiebreaker with two CAC games to play … Salisbury has allowed just one goal in four games in CAC play … York's 11 wins are the second highest total in the CAC.  


Up Next

The Spartans head out on the road for a season-ending three-game road trip. The Spartans will head to #5 Christopher Newport University on Saturday to face the Captains in the second of three straight games against nationally ranked squads. Game time is set for 6:00 pm in Newport News, Virginia. The Captains have a league best nine game win streak heading into the match.