YORK, Pa. – Freshman Noel Martin scored the lone marker for the visitors and goalies junior Maia Harper, sophomore Kelsey Eure, and sophomore Hope Nyarady combined for 15 saves in the game. However, that would not be enough as the Stevenson field hockey team suffered a non-conference setback on the road Wednesday night falling to York College by a final 8-1.
With the win York now leads the overall series 11-5 dating back to the days where both teams resided in the Capital Athletic Conference.
In the early going of the game, the Spartans (8-2) had the guests under strong pressure as an early corner was awarded to Beth Patrick. She fed the ball to Ali Posey, but her shot went wide of the net patrolled by Harper. Off the following restart, it was Patrick this time who tried for goal only to have her attempt blocked aside by the defense.
The Mustangs (5-5) withstood the early heat and would get the first goal of the game, 6:45 in after freshman Brigid Saroch was awarded a penalty corner. Her pass found the stick of junior Marissa Hoffman who laid a pass to Martin who ripped one behind home keeper Eve Hauptle making it 1-0 away side.
For Martin, it was her seventh of the season and extended her point streak to three games.
Harper was back under duress about six minutes later, turning aside back-to-back shots to keep the score, 1-0.
In the 24th minute, after five strong saves by Harper, the home team's high pressure would be rewarded. When Posey, had the ball in the attack circle and sent a pass to Autumn Mallory who fired one behind Harper to pull things even at 1-1. A little over a minute later the Spartans would go in front for the first time when Dana Meehling turned the guests over off the restart and broke into the attack third her blast slipped past Harper to make it 2-1 home team with 10:06 to go.
Seven minutes later the quick strike offense for York added onto the lead when off a free hit Mallory was able to hold off a Mustangs defensive player and muscled a shot towards the cage which was tipped past Harper by Plappert to up the advantage to 3-1. Then, only 17-seconds after the goal the hosts were back on the board as Plappert caused a turnover at the halfway line and broke down the left side firing a shot beyond Harper extending the lead to 4-1 with 32:24 gone in half one.
Coming out of the break the home team added to their lead only 3:18 into the period when Patrick took the ball from the left wing into the attack circle firing a shot from the top of the area behind Harper running the lead to 5-1. Minutes later Plappert would stash another one add onto the lead and complete her hat trick.
That was the end of the evening for Harper, as she would be replaced by Eure. She then played the next 18:55, before being subbed out for Nyarady who went the rest of the way.
Stevenson did not record a shot in the second half until 2:14 left in the matchup when junior Sara McVey found herself in the attack zone blasting one towards the net, but it was stopped by a sliding Sam Keating who had come on to replace Hauptle in net.
The Spartans outshot the Mustangs 31-5 for the game and had an 11-5 edge in corners.
Stevenson will then return to the friendly confines of Mustang Stadium on Saturday, October, 7 when they host the number one team in the nation, the Falcons of Messiah College in MAC Commonwealth play at 7:00 p.m.