YORK, PA – The Spartan field hockey squad had their season come to a close as they fell just short in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals against nationally ranked Christopher Newport 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.
Final Score: York 1 – #16 CNU 2
Records: York 10-8, #16 CNU 13-5
Shots: York 11, CNU 15
Shots on Goal: York 8, CNU 7
Penalty Corners: York 5, CNU 10
How It Happened:
• After the Spartans weathered an early storm from the Captain offense, York was able to build momentum and get on the board first. Dana Meehling blasted a shot from the outside that was initially saved by the Captain goalkeeper but Greta Plappert gathered the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead at the 23:39 mark of the first half.
• Only minutes before the halftime break, CNU was able to tie the score up 1-1 when Courtney Fiest shot the ball from the right side and Jackie Kotoriy was standing near the front of the goal and tipped the ball over the shoulder of the Spartan keeper.
• The majority of the second half was played in the midfield with the Spartans having trouble to generate any offensive opportunities while the Captains were knocking on the doorstep for a while. This time Courtney Fiest was on the scoring end as the took a shot from the right wing that went through multiple Spartan defenders and was able to find the back of the net with just 5:24 remaining in regulation that propelled the Captains to a 2-1 semifinal victory.
Greta Plappert: 1 goal, 4 shots on goal, 6 shots
Dana Meehling: 1 assist, 2 shots on goal, 2 shots
Sam Collis: 2 shots on goal, 2 shots
Courtney Fiest: 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots on goal, 6 shots
Jackie Kotoriy: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal, 1 shot
Rachael Allshouse: 2 shots on goal, 4 shots
Sam Keating (YCP): 70 minutes, 2 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 10-8)
Olivia Davis (CNU): 70 minutes, 1 goal against, 7 saves (Win, 13-5)
York is now 3-4 all-time against the Captains … this was the first loss for the Spartans at home against CNU … junior Greta Plappert scored her team-leading 17th goal and 39th point on the season, both of which are second-most in the conference … the 17 goals for Plappert are tied for sixth-most in a single season in school history … Dana Meehling recorded her fifth assist on the year and finished the season with points in all but three games that she played in as well as ending on a nine-game point streak … York graduates three seniors being Lindsay Nye, Paige Taylor, and Eve Hauptle… Nye finishes her Spartan career all over the all-time record book as she is the fifth Spartan to record 100 career points as she finished with 101 points and 42 goals for her career … Taylor finishes her time as a Spartan with 64 appearances and 43 starts while totaling 16 goals and five assists, good for 37 total career points … Hauptle finishes with 51 games including 49 starts in net for York while making 215 saves and tallying 33 saves and 11 shutouts in net … York was in every game this season with seven of the eight losses coming in one-goal defeats … York finishes the 2018 season 5-6 at Kinsley Field.
The loss concludes the 2018 season for the Spartans. York returns five of their top six scorers for the 2019 campaign come next Fall.