OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Senior Caitlin Dempsey scored a late tally for the Mustangs but two goals in a 2:45 span by the Spartans proved to be the difference as the Stevenson field hockey team dropped a 2-1 decision to York (Pa.) Wednesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.
The Mustangs (7-6) dropped its third contest in their last four as well as their sixth-straight versus the Spartans.
The Spartans (10-2), who are receiving votes in the latest NFCHA Division III National Poll, had their best scoring opportunity late in the first half on a penalty corner when Stevenson was whistled for a violation and had to play with only three defenders. But York (Pa.) never got a shot off as the defense held strong.
York (Pa.) got on the board first as Beth Patrick centered a pass that Alexa Taylor put away. Patrick centered another pass from the baseline, this time to Holly Martin who added an what would be the game-winning goal.
Dempsey and clasasmate Alison Kagel almost paired up when the duo had a breakaway but Jessica Everett came up with one of her three saves.
Dempsey cut the deficit to one with 2:59 remaining with her team leading 13th goal of the season off the first career assist by junior Allie Goodwill. It was the 39th career goal for Dempsey who is two goals shy of tying the schools records for goals in a career.
The Spartans outshot the Mustangs 10-5, including 5-1 in the first half while also holding a 10-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Sophomore Gabriella Brooks totaled three saves, two in the second half.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, October 11 when the Mustangs host a Commonwealth Conference contest versus Widener beginning at 7:00 p.m.