YORK, Pa. – The York College women's field hockey team could not hold on to an early lead and fell 3-1 to the number one team in the nation and CAC rival Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field.
With the loss the Spartans fall to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in the conference. The win gives Salisbury head coach Dawn Chamberlin her 400th career victory and the Sea Gulls stay undefeated with a 10-0 overall record and 2-0 record in the CAC.
The score of the game was definitely not an indication of how the teams played. The Spartans came out on fire in the first half and Salisbury seemed unprepared. The Green and White struck first with a goal at 14:36. Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa./South Western) recorded her third goal of the season after Kailey Brewer (Hartly, Del./Smyrna) beat three defenders down the field, drew in the goalie and passed off to the far post.
The Spartans continued to put the pressure on for the rest of the half. Salisbury would capitalize on one of their penalty corner opportunities and Mallory Elliott would nail a shot at 27:33 to tie the game up.
The second half saw a lot of back and forth play. The Spartans had trouble getting their offense going in the circle. Freshman goalkeeper Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) made some excellent saves to keep York tied. The Sea Gulls would strike again at 54:25 and take the lead, as Bernice Jere would score her second goal of the season after tipping the ball in the net past a diving Baker.
York would continue to fight but could not get their offense back on track. With less than seven minutes left in the game Summer Washburn would score an impressive goal from the far left side of the circle. The Sea Gulls would be able to hold on for the rest of the half to end up with the victory.
"I am proud of the way we controlled the tempo of the game in the first half," said head coach Jamie Swartz. "It's a tough loss, but I do not think the score reflected our play."
Baker played excellent in her first career game. She made a total of nine saves. Salisbury goalkeeper Rachel Clewer recorded one save.
Despite playing well, the Spartans were outshot by the Sea Gulls 16-9 and Salisbury also held a 6-2 advantage in penalty corners.
The Spartans return to action on Thursday when they take on Stevenson College. Game time is set for 4:30 pm at Kinsley Field.