Spartans Lose a Heartbreaker on Senior Day
YORK Pa. – On senior night, the York College Spartans (4-12) fell 4-3 to the St. Mary's Seahawks (10-5).
Before the game, five Spartan seniors were honored for their work on the team for the past four years. Erica Arantowicz (Birdsboro, Pa. / Exeter Township), Kirsten Bridgers (Gaithersburg, Md. / Gaithersburg), Brittany Alvarado (South Plainfield, N.J. / South Plainfield), Kailey Brewer (Hartly, Del. / Smyrna), Jillian Brezgel (Herndon, Pa. / Line Mountain) had a great career for the Spartans. The girls were able to secure 10 CAC victories and over 30 wins in their four years.
The game started with a determined Spartan attack as the Green and White flooded the circle and secured a corner in just the first minute. Nancy Saylor (Manheim, Pa. / Manheim Central) collected the rebound off a shot and lined up for her chance. The junior buried the ball into the cage before Christy Bishop of St. Mary's was able to recover. The goal for Nancy was her sixth on the year, and gave the Spartans the early 1-0 lead.
The Spartans held off any Seahawk attempts until fifteen minutes in the game when St. Mary's Brady Wolf was able to collect a loose ball and fire it unassisted past Abby Baker (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy). The Seahawks then pressed the ball to the Spartan defense in the 24th minute and Olivia Edwards with a pass from Rachel Heiss was able to secure the 2-1 advantage for St. Mary's.
The second half opened with another quick strike from the Spartans. This time York needed six minutes to grab an early goal. On a quick breakaway, Kirsten Bridgers had the ball in the circle and passed it to a wide-open Holly Martin (Hanover, Pa. / South Western). Martin tapped the ball in and brought the Green and White back to a tie with the Seahawks, 2-2.
York and St. Mary's battled back and forth for a long period, as neither team was allowing any type of attack. Then the Seahawks broke the defensive tilt and Brady Wolf was able to get her second goal of the game to put St. Mary's up 3-2. St. Mary's then took another quick break less than two minutes later, and this time St. Mary's Olivia Edwards was able to push the score to 4-2.
Just like true Spartans, the women never gave up. York quickly drove down and was able to get the ball into the circle for an opportunity. Senior Jillian Brezgel passed over to a flying Laken Bull (Glenville, Pa. / South Western) who lined up a tough shot. Bull fired a line drive that just soared over the goalies leg to set the score at 4-3.
With renewed confidence, the women continued to attack with four minutes remaining. The Spartans had an advantage in the circle and unleashed a fury of shots. Senior Kailey Brewer led the way in the attack with three consecutive shots, followed by Laken Bull, and finally Kiersten Wetzel (Glenville, Pa. / South Western). With momentum seemingly on the Spartans side, a technical error occurred with the game clock. After the delay the Seahawks were able to control the game rest of the game, as the Spartans fell 4-3.
York led the game with 21 shots to St. Mary's 10, with 10 corners to St. Mary's 3. The Spartan post-season hopes now rest on certain conditions. The Spartans need Wesley College to lose to Salisbury in their game tomorrow. With a Wesley loss the 5th spot for the CAC Tournament will have a three-way tie. The tie will go to a coin flip and if the Spartans win the flip they will travel to St. Mary's for a rematch on Sunday at 2pm.
Written by Nate Caruso - Asst. Dir. of Athletic Communications
Spartan photo courtesy of Scott Guise