Record: 12-6, 4-2 Capital Athletic Conference (3rd)
Head Coach: Katie Fost (12-6, 1 season)
Ranked opponents: No. 1 Messiah (L, 7-4), No .5 Christopher Newport (L, 4-2), No. 6/8 Salisbury (L, 3-2 OT…L, 3-0), No. 13 Franklin & Marshall (L, 3-2 OT)
The York College field hockey team set new landmarks for an already established program in 2017. In the midst of a 12-win season, the Spartans broke into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association top 20 for the first time since 2001. Also, six players earned All-Capital Athletic Conference distinction, a program record.
"It was an exciting first season," head coach Katie Fost said. "When I came in I knew that I could push this group of young women to strive for something more, and in order to start achieving what I know is possible here at York I asked a lot of the team from day one. And I wasn't disappointed, this team rose to the occasion from the first day of the preseason to the final game of the post season. They gave me everything I asked of them, and I'm really proud of what we accomplished in our first few months together."
York matched up in five games against nationally-ranked opponents, beginning with top-ranked Messiah to start the season. After falling to the Falcons 7-4, York won 11 of its next 12 games, consisting of five- and six-game winning streaks, with the only loss coming in overtime to Lynchburg.
Toward the latter part of the regular season, though, the Spartans ran into what was arguably the most difficult three-game stretch in the nation. York battled No. 8 Salisbury, No. 5 Christopher Newport and No. 13 Franklin & Marshall to tough losses, before finishing the regular season with a 3-1 win over Frostburg St.
After earning the third seed in the CAC Playoffs, behind CNU and Salisbury, the Spartans clinched a spot in the tournament semifinals. Again, York matched up with Salisbury, who then ranked No. 6. Early in the second half, Autumn Mallory scored to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead but the season was cut short when York fell 3-2 in overtime.
York Racks Up Eight Goals in a Game… Twice: Against Elizabethtown on Sept. 20, seven different Spartans etched their names on the score sheet in an 8-2 dominating rout of the Blue Jays. Lindsay Nye was the only player to score more than once as York tallied 29 shots while allowing just four. On Oct. 4, York did it again. Behind Greta Plappert's four goals, the Green and White took down Stevenson 8-1 after falling behind 1-0 early in the first half.
Spartans Keep Opponents Scoreless for Over 230 Minutes: During York's six-game winning streak, Eve Hauptle and the rest of the defense held opponents scoreless for 239:53, a period that stretched over four games. The streak started in York's 8-1 win over Stevenson, in which the Mustangs scored in the seventh minute of the game. Then, neither St. Mary's (Md.) or Bridgewater (Va.) were able to avoid being shutout before Mary Washington eventually recorded a goal in the second half.
Program Record Six Spartans Earn All-CAC Honors: The Green and White had three players selected to the two squads. Seniors Ali Posey and Autumn Mallory were joined by sophomore Greta Plappert on the first team while juniors Lindsay Nye and Jennifer Morrissette and freshman Dana Meehling each earned a spot on the second team. The total of six players is the highest total in school history, besting the five selections from last fall and also in 2009.
Ali Posey is All-American for Second Time: Ali Posey was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-American Second Team. Posey is the only All-American in program history, earning the honor twice. Posey's continued success ranks her as certainly one of, if not the best, field hockey player to ever don the Green and White. Her accolades back that claim. In addition to her 2015 NFCHA All-American honors, she is a four-time first-team All-CAC selection, the conference's 2014 Rookie of the Year, and a four-time pick on the All-Region squad.
Autumn Mallory Upends Johns Hopkins: In the first 31 minutes, Autumn Mallory scored three goals to defeat Johns Hopkins 3-1 on the road. Mallory's hat trick was her third of her career (she finished with four), and came on just three shots. The senior concluded the season with a team-high 40 points on 19 goals and two assists.
Greta Plappert Opens Season With Six Goals in Six Games: Plappert, who had two goals and one assist in her freshman season, kicked off 2017 scoring six goals in the first six games on her way to finishing the season with 14 goals and three assists. Against No. 1 Messiah, the defending national champions, Plappert scored twice on three shots. Then she notched goals against Shenandoah, Susquehanna, Albright and Elizabethtown to begin year with 13 points on six goals and one assist.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-American
Second Team: Ali Posey
Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III All-Mideast Region
Second Team: Greta Plappert
All-Capital Athletic Conference
Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week
September 11: Autumn Mallory – Offensive Player of the Week
September 11: Eve Hauptle – Defensive Player of the Week
October 2: Autumn Mallory – Offensive Player of the Week
October 9: Jennifer Morrissette – Defensive Player of the Week
"Our senior class helped push this program in the right direction over the course of their careers here at York, and our coaching staff, returning players, and future Spartans are going to make sure we keep pushing the envelope of what is possible," Fost said.