York College head field hockey coach Carly Zinn enters her second year at the helm of the program with a high level of enthusiasm and excitement.
Zinn welcomes 10 freshmen to the program as she continues to rebuild the Spartan squad. York was 4-12 overall last season and 1-5 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
Zinn welcomes back a core of five returners headlined by seniors Katie Petrillo and Nancy Saylor. The roster includes five players from York County.
Petrillo begins her senior year as the Spartans lone returning All-CAC performer from 2013. Petrillo finished last season with seven points on three goals and one assist. She saw most of her action on the defensive end of the field. Two of Petrillo's three goals were game-winners.
"Katie is a strong, physical player who will provide us with a great presence in the defensive third of the field," Zinn said. "Katie provides us with a nice weapon on corners as she has a good, accurate shot."
Saylor is York's top returning scorer. The senior tallied 16 points on six goals and four assists. In addition to her scoring prowess, Saylor recorded five defensive saves during the year, the second highest total on the team.
"Nancy personifies our team with her versatility," Zinn said. "She is equally skilled on either end of the field."
Junior Holly Martin (South Western) and sophomores Sydney LaMarsh and Alexa Taylor (Red Lion) are Zinn's other three returners. Martin tallied 12 points on four goals and four assists while LaMarsh and Taylor each added three points on a goal and an assist.
Senior Dale Mason joins the field hockey program after a successful four year run on the women's soccer squad. Mason was a key contributor to the Spartans' CAC title team last fall as an All-CAC defender.
The freshmen that will get opportunities on attack include York County players Ali Posey (Red Lion) and Dempsey Murphy (Spring Grove).
Zinn will have a pair of goalies competing for the starting nod. Freshmen Jessica Everett (Red Lion) and Kaity Huber are a pair of newcomers to the program.
"I am very excited about this season," Zinn said. "We are building the program the right way and I think the buy in from the players will keep us headed in the right direction."
The Spartans open their season with the York College Field Hockey Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Spartans host Gordon on Friday and then square off against Neumann on Saturday.