Spartans Post Five in Come-From-Behind Triumph

Spartans Post Five in Come-From-Behind Triumph

YORK, Pa. - After falling behind 1-0 in the game's 14th minute, the York College field hockey squad rallied for five unanswered goals to best visiting Wilson 5-1 Thursday afternoon at Kinsley Field. With the non-confernce triumph, the Spartans improve to 7-5 on the campaign while the Phoenix drop to 7-3.

Coming out a bit flat to begin the contest, the Green and White surrendered the first score 13:41 in the game. Brittney Smith sent a pass to Emily Cecere along the left inside the arc, allowing the midfielder to notch her fifth goal of 2010.

That seemed to wake up the Spartans however and prove the only score the visitors could muster as the Green and White firmly snapped down the clamps. The York defense only allowed two more Phoenix shots the rest of the way, including zero attempts in the second half.

Junior Brittany Simmons drew the game level in the 20th minute as she finished off a loose ball along the left side for her fourth goal of the season.

In buzzer-beater fashion, York's Jillian Brezgel scored what eventually proved to be the game-winner with only two seconds remaining on the first half clock. A shot from Colleen O'Rourke from the top of the arc was initially blocked by a Wilson defender. The deflection found the stick of Katie Dawkins who slipped a ball toward the left post, where the awaiting Brezgel knocked home the finish - the fifth goal of her freshman season.

From there, the Green and White poured on the offense. Over the latter 35 minutes, York tallied three more times, while not allowing the Phoenix to record a single shot the entire period.

The first of that trio came from Dawkins as she finished off a Sandee Reich assist in the 43rd minute of play, notching her fourth score of her senior campaign. Just over four minutes later, O'Rourke scored the Spartans' fourth of the match, her second of the year, courtesy of a Casey Lawrence penalty corner.

York completed the offensive barrage in the 50th minute when senior Kelly Kreamer knocked in another Lawrence assist, this one coming from the top of the arc to the left post.

For the game, the Spartans held a huge 23-6 advantage in shots, including 17 on goal, while also owning a 16-7 lead in penalty corners.

Lydia Pirie picks up her second win in as many starts for York as she made three saves over her 70 minutes of work. Brandy Holtzapple takes the loss in the Phoenix goal despite collecting 11 saves. Katelyn Alleman recorded a defensive save for Wilson.

Prior to today's contest, the Wilson squad had only given up four goals all season, as they were outscoring their opponents by a 26-4 count.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, October 9, as they travel to western Maryland to face Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State. The CAC tilt is slated for a 2:00 pm start.


Katie Dawkins photo courtesy of Derek Behrenshausen - York College Athletic Communications practicum student