York Falls to Top Ranked Salisbury In CAC Semifinals
SALISBURY, Md. – The York College field hockey team saw their 2011 season come to a close on Wednesday night as they suffered a 6-0 loss on the road to Salisbury University in the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Spartans finish their campaign with an 11-9 record while the No. 1 ranked Sea Gulls improve to 16-1 and earn a date with Wesley for the CAC championship.
Salisbury scored early and often in the contest as they tallied three goals within the first 10 minutes of play. Sea Gull forward Erica Henderson led the offensive attack as she recorded three scores in the first half, putting her season total for goals at 15.
York had an opportunity to tie the game up early in the contest on a penalty corner in the fifth minute of play. However, the shot from sophomore Madi Wilt was turned away by a Salisbury defender.
In the second half, the Sea Gulls tacked on two more scores to extend their lead to six as they received goals from defender Tara McGovern and midfielder Courtney Webster.
The Spartans had two more chances to get on the board in the second half following penalty corners, but both Colleen O'Rourke and Kailey Brewer had their shots saved by goalkeeper Anna Cooke and defender McGovern.
For the game, Salisbury led the shot margin 21-3 and also held the edge in penalty corners 8-6.
With a disappointing end to two fantastic careers, the Spartans will say goodbye to their two seniors Brittany Simmons and Colleen O'Rourke. During their four-year careers at York, the two former All-CAC selections have helped their team to a combined 42-41 overall record, including four straight trips to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
Colleen O'Rourke photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh – www.sharpedgefoto.com
Game story written by Derek Behrenshausen - York College Athletic Communications student-intern