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Spartans Roll Past Eagles; Advance to the CAC Semifinals

Meghan Heary photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Meghan Heary photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey team opened their run in the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday with a 4-2 win over Mary Washington in York. The Spartans, who are the tournament's four seed, advance to face top seeded Salisbury in the conference semifinals on Wednesday.

 

Match #19

Final Score: York 4, Mary Washington 2

Records: York 10-9, Mary Washington 7-11

Shots: York 13, UMW 17

Shots on Goal: York 11, UMW 9

Penalty Corners: York 7, UMW 8

Saves: York 7, UMW 7

Defensive Saves: York 0, UMW 1

 

How It Happened:

• The two squads spent the first eight feeling each other out. The Eagles had a trio of consecutive penalty corners inside the first five minutes of the game. York responded with three straight penalty corners of their own. York found the back of the cage on their third corner as Hannah Huffman fired a shot that was saved by Eagle goalie Jillian Lawrence. Sophomore Sam Collis collected the rebound and fired a shot into the back of the cage for the 1-0 Spartan lead. The goal was Collis' fourth of the year.

• The Eagles answered with a goal of their own two minutes later. The Eagles played a ball from outside the circle that deflected off Spartan goalie Kaitlyn Wallace. Jess Smith slipped on the play and was able to bat the ball into the cage laying on the ground for the improbable goal. It was her fifth goal of the year.

• The Eagles took a short-lived lead 1:32 into the second quarter. Bella Urcia played a ball in from the endline. Lexie Dixon chipped the ball up into the goal for the 2-1 Eagle lead. The goal was Dixon's third of the year. York responded off a penalty corner two minutes later as Meghan Heary hit an insert on a penalty corner. The pass was stopped by Huffman who blasted a shot past Lawrence to tie the game at two.

• The Spartans went ahead early in the third quarter as Heary collected a failed Eagle clear and drove into the circle from the left wing. The Eagles failed to step up and stop her and the senior unleashed a rocket into the upper right 90 for her third goal of the year. The goal came 2:43 into the third quarter.

• York tacked onto the lead seven minutes later. Huffman had a shot blocked off a corner. Freshman Abby Piotrowski collected the loose ball in the circle and finished off the chance for her eighth goal of the year. The Eagles threw a pair of shots on goal late in the quarter but Wallace made stops on both to preserve the Spartan lead heading to the fourth.

• The Eagles had chances in the fourth with six shots and three penalty corners but Wallace and the Spartan defense kept them off the board as York earned their way to the semifinals.

 

Spartan Leaders

Meghan Heary: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot on goal

Abby Piotrowski: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal

Hannah Huffman: 1 goal, 4 shots, 3 shots on goal

Sam Collis: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal

Dana Meehling: 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

 

Eagles Leaders

Jess Smith: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal

Lexie Dixon: 1 goal, 4 shots, 2 shots on goal

Bella Urcla: 1 assist

Jackie Smith: 1 defensive save

Lauren Hopkins: 6 shots, 2 shots on goal

 

Goalkeepers

Kaitlyn Wallace (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 2 goals allowed, 7 saves (Win, 5-5)

Jillian Lawrence (UMW): 60:00 minutes played, 4 goals allowed, 6 saves (Loss, 7-11)

 

Game Notes

The match was the final for the Spartans and Eagles as CAC opponents as the Spartans are heading to the MAC next fall … the Eagles hold a 34-8 edge in the overall series but the Spartans have won three straight against the Eagles including a pair of 4-2 wins in their last two matches … freshman Abby Piotrowski scored three goals in the two wins over Mary Washington while fellow freshman Hannah Huffman had two goals in the two games … the win snaps a three-game losing streak … York is now 16-27 all-time in the CAC Tournament … York is now 3-9 all-time against the Eagles in the CAC Tournament … the win snaps a six game losing streak against the Eagles in the CAC Tournament … York's last win over UMW in the tournament came on October 26, 2000 in York.

 

Up Next

For the second time in a week, the Spartans will head down to Salisbury, Maryland to face the Salisbury University Sea Gulls in the tournament semifinals. Game time will be determined on Sunday.