YORK, PA – The York College field hockey squad dropped a hard-fought 2-1 decision to St. Mary's College in a key Capital Athletic Conference match on Wednesday night in York. The loss drops the Green and White into a third-place tie with the Seahawks with St. Mary's holding the head-to-head tiebreaker with two games left in their CAC campaign.
Final Score: York 1, St. Mary's 2
Records: York 9-7 (2-1 CAC), SMC 12-2 (2-1 CAC)
Shots: York 15, SMC 8
Shots on Goal: York 6, SMC 4
Penalty Corners: York 15, SMC 6
Saves: York 2, SMC 5
Defensive Saves: York 1, SMC 1
How It Happened:
• The first half was void of any significant offensive action. Each team had one shot that went wide while the Seahawks had the period's only penalty corner.
• The Spartans picked up the offensive pace in the second quarter. They got a three penalty corners early but those resulted in just a pair of shots, one of which was on cage. York got three more corners in the period but couldn't get a goal as the teams headed to the break locked in a scoreless tie. York outshot St. Mary's 4-2 in the first half while they had a big 6-2 edge in penalty corners.
• St. Mary's came out of the half an inspired group as they had the better of the play early. York's Hayley Taylor recorded a defensive save on a Kathleen Stevens shot to keep the Hawks off the board. The Seahawks finally broke through less than 30 seconds later as Veronica Maring took a penalty corner. She hit the ball into Gabrielle Corder who slipped a pass to her left to Meghan Ronan. Ronan blasted a shot into the back of the cage for the 1-0 St. Mary's lead. The goal was Ronan's ninth of the year.
• York came right back at the Seahawks but, as was the case for much of the night, the Spartans couldn't take advantage of their penalty corners. York had four penalty corners but couldn't get the equalizer. The Seahawks made a flurry late in the third quarter and got a second goal. Ronan hit a shot towards the goal that was saved by Sam Keating. The ball settled right to Hannah Dietrich who batted the ball into the cage for the rebound goal and the 2-0 lead heading to the fourth.
• York again had a ton of chances in the fourth as they had five penalty corners in the first eight minutes of the quarter but again, nothing to show for it on the scoreboard. The Spartans spoiled the shutout with 3:40 left in the game thanks to a great individual effort from Abby Piotrowski. The Spartan freshman, who was the CAC Offensive Player of the Week this week, collected a ball just inside midfield, carried the ball into the circle, and beat a pair of St. Mary's defenders and put the ball into the cage for her seventh goal of the year.
• York threatened in the final three minutes but weren't able to squeeze off a shot as the Seahawks ended their losing streak against the Green and White.
Abby Piotrowski: 1 goal, 3 shots, 1 shot on goal
Dana Meehling: 7 shots, 3 shots on goal
Hayley Taylor: 1 defensive save
Amanda Boclair: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Meghan Ronan: 1 goal, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal
Hannah Dietrich: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Gabrielle Corder: 1 assist, 2 shots
Sophie Carlson: 1 defensive save
Sam Keating (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 2 goals against, 1 save (Loss, 5-3)
Kelbey Egerland (SMC): 60 minutes played, 1 goal against, 4 saves (Win, 12-2)
The Spartan loss snaps a seven-game win streak against St. Mary's as York is now 23-11 all-time against the Seahawks … the meeting is the final regular season contest as Capital Athletic Conference opponents as the Spartans are leaving the CAC next fall and will head to the MAC … freshman Abby Piotrowski has scored at least one goal in her last four games … she has six of her seven goals for the year in the last four games … York is now 4-3 at home with all three losses having come by one goal … four of York's seven losses have come by one goal.
The Spartans close out their 2019 home schedule on Saturday afternoon as York hosts nationally ranked Christopher Newport in a Capital Athletic Conference contest at Kinsley Field. Game time is set for 12:00 pm in York.