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Lawrence Sparks Spartan Comeback

YORK, Pa. - When the sun set on the turf of Kinsley Field and the buzzer sounded, the York College Field Hockey squad battled back from a two score deficit only to stand victorious.

A 3-2 victory over visiting Susquehanna University Tuesday pulled the Green and White to the .500 mark sitting with a 3-3 record, while the Crusaders fell to 3-2.

The Spartans began the afternoon a step behind the Crusaders allowing the first tally of the contest 13:30 into the first half. Susquehanna's Heather Moore fired a one-timer off of a rebound, finding the back of York's goal.

Susquehanna would not let off of the throttle, adding to their advantage with another score in the 25th minute of play. Rebecca Entwistle found an open Moore and the junior buried her second goal of the contest finding the left side of the cage.

Head Coach Jamie Swartz would call for a much needed time-out to rally the troops. Swartz felt the team needed to pick up their intensity and let the team know it.

"They needed to shake it off. We were reacting and not being proactive, and not playing our game," Swartz said. "I wanted to let them know that I know they can come back and win, but they need to come out and set the tone, set the intensity, and this is their chance to build their team game together."

York came off of the timeout and quickly rattle off a goal just over a minute later to pull the game back to within one score. Casey Lawrence inserted a corner to junior Colleen O'Rourke who was able to fire off a shot. Lawrence, a Spartan senior, redirected the shot from her position on the right post into the goal for her second tally of the season.

"I just wanted to get our momentum going and it honestly starts with everyone on our team," Lawrence later commented. "All of our teammates had a part in getting that goal.

Less than five minutes later the Green and White would record the equalizer. With 4:26 remaining in the first half, senior Katie Dawkins found Brittany Simmons to her left for the goal.

Yet the Spartans were not satisfied with carrying just a tie game into the half. Jillian Brezgel fired a shot off of the Susquehanna goalkeeper. Lawrence was in position for the put-back attempt and was able to rattle off the game-winner, her second goal of the contest, 31:09 into the game.

"We wanted to come back and prove to everyone that even if we go down 2-0, we can still come back and win the game," Lawrence said.

Susquehanna and York traded multiple possessions in the second half but neither team was able to add to the score. A stout team effort by the Spartan defense kept the Crusaders from making a serious attempt on the net.

"I'm satisfied with the result," Swartz noted. "We obviously need to work on our opening act and not thrive on the come-from- behind kind of anxiety, but I think the team pulled it together and played like a team."

The victory marked the fourth Spartan victory in the last five years over the Crusaders.

York returns to action on Thursday, September 16 at Neumann College. The contest is set for a 7:00 p.m. start and is the Spartans first trip to the Glen Mills, Pa. facility.

Casey Lawrence photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com
Game story written by Garrett Wampler - York College Athletic Communications contributing writer
 

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