FROSTBURG, MD – The York College field hockey team suffered their sixth straight loss as they fell to Frostburg State University 2-0 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Tuesday afternoon in Frostburg, MD.
The Spartans fall to 3-9 overall and 0-3 in the league while the Bobcats improve to 6-10 and 1-3 in conference play.
The Bobcats jumped on the Spartans early and often as Spartan keeper Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md./Mercy) was busy fending off various Frostburg attacks. Baker was forced to make nine first half saves as the hosts held a large 15-5 margin in first half shots. Much to Baker's credit, she was able to keep the Bobcats off the board in the opening 35 minutes as the two teams headed to break locked in a scoreless tie.
The Bobcats finally broke the ice just over five minutes into the second half. Jackie Best fed a pass from the end line to Eleanor Vials who finished the chance to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Vials struck again just over seven minutes later when she scored off a pass from Ashley Johnson, increasing the lead to 2-0.
Much to the Spartans' credit, York buckled down and really started taking the play to the Bobcats. York earned six straight corners over a five minute span but could not convert those corners into a good scoring opportunity. Katie Petrillo (Howell, N.J./Freehold Township) and Laken Bull (Glenville, Pa./South Western) fired consecutive shots on goal but Frostburg's Megan Grimm registered a save on each attempt. That was the start of a series in which the Green and White fired off five shots on goal with Grimm recording stops on each. York's final two shots went wide of the target as the Spartans just ran out of time. It is the first time the Spartans have gotten shutout this season.
Frostburg finished the game with a 20-17 edge in total shots and a 13-9 margin in shots on goal. The Green and White had a commanding 18-7 bulge in penalty corners but couldn't capitalize on those opportunities.
Grimm registered nine saves in the shutout win. Baker took the loss as she recorded ten saves as she allowed the two goals in 70 minutes.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Wesley College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in York is scheduled for 1:00 pm.