Tuesday didn't go so well for the four York-Adams League field hockey teams competing in the first round of the District 3 playoffs.
Both Red Lion and Delone Catholic went down in 3-0 defeats. The No. 5 seed Lions lost to No. 12 seed Wilson in Class AAA while the No. 11 seed Squirettes fell to No. 6 seed Hamburg in Class AA.
Meanwhile, Bermudian Springs and Dallastown each lost by 1-0 scores. The No. 5 seed Eagles were upset by No. 12 seed Milton Hershey in Class AA.
Among all the defeats, however, Dallastown's upset loss to No. 15 seed Hershey in Class AAA was perhaps the most surprising. To cap it off, the No. 2 seed Wildcats lost on what turned out to be a controversial second-half goal.
Dallastown: With just more than 16 minutes to play, Dallastown goalkeeper Niki Bream found herself in a scrum in front of the goal cage on her hands and knees at the Central York High School field. The junior goalie wanted to scoop the ball up, but she only managed to use her stick to whack the ball out from the scrum with the hope her teammates could get it clear of the net.
Unfortunately for Bream, the ball rolled out to the stick of Hershey forward Emily Bruggemeier, who sent a shot to the back of the cage. However, a pair of Hershey players appeared to be on their knees in the scrum with Bream, something Bream and Dallastown coach Jeri Myers said should have stopped play.
"I was on the ground and there were more girls on the ground with me, which is not legal," Bream said. "And I hit it out and then the girl hit it in."
Officials first signaled a goal before meeting for a few minutes in the center of the field to discuss the call before finally upholding the Hershey score. Myers continued to argue the call to no avail, even meeting with officials for about five minutes after the game ended.
"The official ruling is you may not play the ball on the ground. It's dangerous because my kids can swing and hit someone in the face," Myers said. "The goalie is allowed to be on the ground. Their players may not be on the ground."
Nevertheless, Hershey (12-7-1) controlled the field of play most of the night over a Dallastown team that struggled passing and finding open shots. The Trojans had seven shots on goal to Dallastown's three and held an 8-5 advantage in corners. The Wildcats (19-1-1) had a chance to tie it when they put shots on goal off a pair of corners in the final two minutes, but Hershey keeper Jen Rizzo stopped both attempts to hand Dallastown its first loss of the year.
The first-round defeat brought a quick end to the season for a Dallastown team led by 10 seniors. The Wildcats won the York-Adams League Division I title and went on to capture the program's first league tournament championship in a shootout over Red Lion last Thursday.
"We had an excellent season," Myers said. "The icing was definitely last Thursday when we won the league (championship)."
OTHER FIELD HOCKEY
WILSON 3, RED LION 0: At Northeastern, Red Lion's season ended with a first-round District 3-AAA loss to 12th-seeded Wilson. The fifth-seeded Lions finished up at 16-4. Wilson improved to 14-7. Avery Marz scored all three Wilson goals. Wilson held a 9-5 edge in shots and an 8-2 edge in corners. Gabby Uberti made six saves for Red Lion.
HAMBURG 3, DELONE CATHOLIC 0: At Exeter, the 11TH-seeded Squirettes trailed 2-0 at the end of the first half and dropped the District 3-AA first-round game to No. 6 seed Hamburg. The Berks County team held the Squirettes to zero shots on goal for the game. Squirettes goalie Holly Little made eight saves. Delone finished 13-5-0, while Hamburg improved to 17-4-0.
MILTON HERSHEY 1, BERMUDIAN SPRINGS 0: At Northeastern, the game was tied 0-0 at the end of the first half, but the 12th-seeded Trojans scored an early second-half goal to take the lead for good at the 45-minute mark in a District 3-AA first-round contest. Milton Hershey had a 7-0 edge in shots and a 7-4 edge in corners. No. 5 seed Bermudian finished at 16-4-0. Milton Hershey improved to 15-5-0.
-- Reach John Walk at firstname.lastname@example.org.