SALISBURY, MD – The York College Spartans pushed the Salisbury University Sea Gulls to the brink of elimination only to have the Gulls tally an overtime game-winner, ending the stellar Spartan season 3-2 in the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday night in Salisbury, Maryland.
Salisbury's Camryn Dennis scored off a penalty corner 8:45 into overtime, advancing the Gulls to the CAC championship game on Saturday.
Records: #19 York (Pa.) 12-6, #6 Salisbury 12-3
Shots: York 11, Salisbury 18
Shots on Goal: York 5, Salisbury 12
Penalty Corners: York 3, Salisbury 8
Saves: York 9, Salisbury 3
Defensive Saves: York 2, Salisbury 0
How It Happened
• The Spartans got on the board in the 13th minute to open the scoring as junior Lindsay Nye hit a hard shot from the top of the circle that deflected off a Sea Gull defender into the goal for the 1-0 Spartan lead. The goal snapped a scoreless streak of 169:03 against Sea Gull goalie Tesssie Windsor dating back to the second half of last year's regular season game at Salisbury.
• The Sea Gulls drew a penalty corner with less than five minutes left in the first half. Nicole Linder slid a pass to Camryn Dennis who finished off a chance from the left wing, tying the game at home heading to the break.
• Salisbury outshot York 8-5 in the first half with Salisbury holding a 6-2 edge in shots on goal. Spartan goalie Sam Keating registered four first half saves for the Green and White.
• York fired the opening salvo of the second half as the CAC's leading scorer, Autumn Mallory, collected a loose ball in the front of the cage and lifted a shot into the top of the goal for her 19th goal of the year. Mallory's goal came 11:49 into the second half.
• The Sea Gulls tied the game just over seven minutes later as Emily Lemanski took a rebound off an Arielle Johnston shot, hit a one-timer that glanced off Keating's right pad and slipped into the goal. The goal was Lemanski's ninth of the year.
• The Sea Gulls had the final chance of regulation as they were awarded a penalty corner with 12 seconds left in regulation. Dennis ripped a shot that was saved by Keating to force the extra session.
• The Spartans dominated play early in the overtime period as they drew a pair of penalty corners in the opening five minutes of overtime. On the first corner, Dana Meehling smoked a shot just to the right of the goal. The second one created a two shot flurry in which Windsor made a pair of stellar saves on Ali Posey and Meehling to keep York off the board.
• After some back and forth play, the Sea Gulls drove into the Spartan defensive third and created a penalty corner. Natalie Wilkinson inserted the pass into Dennis who blasted a one timer from the top of the circle for the game-winning goal 8:44 into the overtime.
Lindsay Nye: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Autumn Mallory: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Greta Plappert: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Ali Posey: 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Beth Patrick: 2 defensive saves
Sea Gull Leaders
Camryn Dennis: 2 goals, 4 shots, 3 shots on goal, 1 game-winning goal
Emily Lemanski: 1 goal, 5 shots, 3 shots on goal
Natalie Wilkinson: 1 assist, 1 shot on goal
Nicole Linder: 1 assist, 1 shot
Sam Keating (YCP): 78:45 minutes played, 3 goals against, 7 saves (Loss, 1-3)
Tressie Windsor (SAL): 78:45 minutes played, 2 goals against, 3 saves (Win, 12-3)
The Spartans have now lost 33 straight against the Sea Gulls … York is now 15-26 all-time in the CAC tournament … they are now 0-9 against Salisbury in the CAC Tournament … York is just the third team this year to score at least two goals against the Sea Gulls (Messiah 2 and Catholic 3) this season … the Spartans snapped Salisbury's streak of five straight shutouts … the game closes one of the most prolific chapters in Spartan field hockey history as senior Ali Posey, Autumn Mallory, Kenidy Kubitz, Beth Patrick, and Anne Measley closed out their careers in the game … the foursome combined to 48-28 over their four year careers … the 48 wins are the second-highest four year total in school history trailing the 53 games won from 1998-201 … Posey closes out her career as York's second all-time leading scorer with 120 points, 16 points behind all-time leader and York College Athletic Hall of Famer Jaclyn (Russell) Showers … Posey is also second in goals (50) to April (McFarland) Bastress and fourth in game-winning goals (12) … Mallory has also had a prolific offensive career as she is fourth in career points (107), third in goals (49) and fifth in game-winning goals (11) … Posey and Mallory are just two of four members of the 100 career point club joining Russell and McFarland (115 points) … Mallory finished her season with 40 points which ranks tied for fourth on the Spartans' individual single season records … her 19 goals are second on the single season list, just three back of record holder Michele Gladfelter who set the record back in 1987 … Mallory tied the single season school record for game-winning goals with six, tying Kelly Spencer (1996), and Russell (1997 and 1998) … York went 1-3 in overtime this year with all three losses coming by a 3-2 score and all three coming on the road … senior Beth Patrick tied a school record with a pair of defensive saves in the game ... York's lone overtime victory came at home against Dickinson … York scored 67 goals for the year, just two short of the school record set in 1998 but that squad played 19 games, one more than this year's Spartans.
The loss likely ends the Spartans season though there is still a slim chance for the Green and White to earn an At-Large bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Spartans entered the week ranked fifth in the region. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Monday, November 6 at 11:30 am.