FROSTBURG, MD – The York College field hockey squad closed out their regular season with a 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference win over Frostburg State University on Thursday evening in Frostburg, Maryland. The Spartans finished the regular season with 12 wins as they will be the third seed in the upcoming CAC tournament. The win snaps a three game Spartan skid.
Records: #17 York (Pa.) 12-5 (4-2 CAC), FSU 5-14 (0-6 CAC)
Shots: York 31, FSU 3
Shots on Goal: York 23, FSU 2
Penalty Corners: York 21, FSU 3
Saves: York 1, FSU 20
How It Happened
• The Spartans were all over the Bobcats from the startas they fired off the first six shots of the game. Bobcat goalie Nicole Leighty had two saves in the opening five minutes and Savannah Neubert had a defensive save on another one of the Spartans shot. York finally broke through in the 23rd minute as Ali Posey converted a penalty stroke for her seventh goal of the year. It's her second penalty stroke goal of the year.
• The Spartans took the 1-0 lead to the break but it could have been more as York outshot the Bobcats 10-2 and also held an 8-1 margin in penalty corners. The Bobcats registered six first half saves to keep the game close.
• The Spartans came out of the break and pressured the Bobcat defense again with four straight shots including three on goal in a 19 second stretch but Leighty got a pair of saves while Neubert recorded another defensive save to keep the Spartan lead at 1-0.
• The Bobcats answered the Spartan spurt with their best chance of the night as Ivy Meissner converted a Cara Morrell pass into a goal in the 41st minute, tying the game at one.
• The Spartans got right back onto the attack after the Meissner goal. York went on an offensive barrage with 14 consecutive shots with shot #14 finding the back of the cage. Junior Paige Taylor collected a rebound off a Dana Meehling shot and poked the shot inside the right post for the go-ahead goal.
• The Spartans closed out the scoring in the 69th minute as Autumn Mallory tallied her conference-leading 17th goal of the year as she poked home a rebound for the final goal of the 2017 regular season.
Ali Posey: 1 goal, 7 shots, 4 shots on goal
Autumn Mallory: 1 goal, 7 shots, 5 shots on goal
Paige Taylor: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Jennifer Morrissette: 1 defensive save
Lindsay Nye: 6 shots, 3 shots on goal
Dana Meehling: 5 shots on goal
Ivy Meissner: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal
Savannah Neubert: 4 defensive saves
Brooke Lafayette: 1 defensive save
Elizabeth Davis: 1 shot
Sam Keating (YCP): 70:00 minutes played, 1 goal against, 0 saves (Win, 1-2)
Nicole Leighty (FSU): 70:00 minutes played, 3 goals against, 15 saves (Loss, 5-14)
The Spartans have now won four straight against the Bobcats as they lead the all-time series 13-5 … the Spartan senior class comprised of Ali Posey, Autumn Mallory, Kenidy Kubitz, Beth Patrick, and Anne Measley close out their regular season careers with a record of 48-27 and a CAC record of 14-10 … the Spartans are 8-4 in the CAC in the last two years … the Spartans finished the game with 31 shots, the second highest total of the season (32 vs. Shenandoah) … the Spartans have fired off exactly 31 shots in four games including three in a row (Wesley, Stevenson, and St. Mary's) … York failed to register an assist for the fourth straight game … York registered a season-high 21 penalty corners … it is the 11th time York has reached double figures in penalty corners … Ali Posey's name continues to be all over the Spartan career leaders … Posey currently sits second in points (120), second in goals (50), fourth in game winning goals (12), and eighth in assists (20) … fellow senior Autumn Mallory is also among the career leaders as she is fourth in points (103), third in goals (47), and tied for seventh in game-winning goals (10) … Jennifer Morrissette recorded her second defensive save of the year and 17th of her career … Morrissette is now third on the all-time list, two back of career record holder Kari Moyer (1996-99).
The Spartans begin their trek in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday, November 1 when they head to Salisbury to face the Sea Gulls in the tournament semifinals. The game is slated for a 6:00 pm start. The winner advances to the CAC championship game on Saturday, November 4 at the site of the highest remaining seed.