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Piotrowski's Big Day Powers Spartans to CAC Road Win

Abby Piotrowski photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Abby Piotrowski photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College field hockey squad got back to their winning ways with a big 4-2 road victory at the University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference play. The Spartans improve to 2-0 in the league with three conference games remaining in the regular season.

 

Match #15

Final Score: York 4, Mary Washington 2

Records: York 9-6 (2-0 CAC), UMW 5-9 (0-2 CAC)

Shots: York 20, UMW 6

Shots on Goal: York 16, UMW 4

Penalty Corners: York 13, UMW 2

Saves: York 2, UMW 12

 

How It Happened:

• The Spartans opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Hannah Huffman fired a shot on goal that was saved by Eagle goalie Jillian Lawrence. Huffman collected the rebound and banged home a second shot that Lawrence couldn't stop to give York the early lead. The goal was Huffman's sixth of the year.

• The Green and White added to the lead in the second quarter of play. York had a flurry of shots starting with a Dana Meehling shot that was saved by Lawrence. Abby Piotrowski followed that with a shot of her own on the rebound but that too was saved by Lawrence. York got a third shot shortly after as Meghan Heary hit the post. Piotrowski followed Heary's shot with a shot and goal as the Spartans finally put one home to take a 2-0 lead with 3:30 left in the half. The Spartans outshot the Eagles 7-1 in the second quarter but York was only able to put one of those shots home.

• The Eagles cut the Spartan lead in half as Lauren Hopkins scored 3:05 into the third quarter. York responded near the end of the quarter as Piotrowski got her second goal of the day off another rebound. This time Meehling fired a shot that was saved by Lawrence only to have Piotrowski score off the rebound.

• The Eagles once again cut into the Spartan lead as Jess Smith found the back of the cage with 4:06 left in regulation. The Spartans answered 2:20 later as Piotrowski took a corner and hit Kristin Varilla with a pass that the fellow freshman finished her fifth goal of the year.

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Spartan Leaders

Abby Piotrowski: 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots on goal

Hannah Huffman: 1 goal, 5 shots, 4 shots on goal

Kristin Varilla: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal

Dana Meehling: 6 shots, 4 shots on goal

 

Eagle Leaders

Lauren Hopkins: 1 goal, 4 shots, 2 shots on goal

Jess Smith: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Bella Urcia: 1 shot on goal

 

Goalkeepers

Sam Keating (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 2 goals against, 2 saves (Win, 5-2)

Jillian Lawrence (UMW): 60:00 minutes played, 4 goals against, 12 saves (Loss, 5-9)

 

Game Notes

The Spartans is now 8-34 against the Eagles all-time but York has won three straight in the series … the match-up is the final regular season meeting between the two programs as Capital Athletic Conference opponents as the Spartans are heading to the MAC next season … the Spartans have won six of their last eight and three of their last four … York has now outscored their two CAC opponents 12-2 … freshman Abby Piotrowski notched a career-high five points on two goals and an assist … Piotrowski now leads the team in scoring with 17 points on six goals and five assists … the Spartans now have four players in double figures in points as Hannah Huffman (15 points), Dana Meehling (12 points), and Kristin Varilla (12 points) have all reached double digits … Piotrowski, Huffman and Meehling all have six goals for the Spartans … senior goalie Sam Keating improves to 5-2 since returning to the starting lineup … Keating owns a 1.13 goals against average and a .784 save percentage in her eight games played.

 

Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they head to Fredericksburg, Virginia to face the University of Mary Washington Eagles in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time at Mary Washington is set for 12:00 pm.