A goal is often the ultimate source of momentum for any team.
On Sunday, a goal helped completely swing York College's first round game in the Capital Athletic Conference field hockey tournament against St. Mary's.
With the Seahawks controlling much of the play early on, a goal late in the first half by Paige Taylor gave the Spartans a 1-0 advantage and all the momentum. From that point forward, York continued to roll, dispatching St. Mary's, 3-0, at home and advancing to the semifinal round.
Taylor's goal was the only offense in the opening half, but sparked the Spartan offense for the second half. Beth Patrick doubled York's lead at 57:16 to make it 2-0 Spartans. The final nail in the coffin came just five minutes later, when Ali Posey, a Red Lion graduate, scored to make it 3-0 York, allowing it to cruise the rest of the way.
The Spartans wound up out shooting the Seahawks 18-7 in the game, including an 11-4 margin in the second half. Eve Hauptel only needed to make two saves to earn the shutout for York.
The Spartans will now move on to take on the CAC tournament's top seed and 11th-ranked Mary Washington on Wednesday in the semifinals. That game will be played in Fredricksburg, Virginia and is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Other college note
Three York County products shine for Juniata football: The Eagles of Juniata College had little trouble keeping McDaniel's College winless over the weekend, winning 20-7.
In the game, a few York County graduates played a big part in helping the Eagles improve to 3-5 on the year. Dover grad Matt Lehr carried the ball 18 times for 87 yards and scored once for Juniata in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. York Catholic grad James Dougherty replaced starting quarterback Hank Coyne and wound up going 7-of-14 for 84 yards. And punter Jonah Plymire, a Central York grad, totaled 356 yards on 10 punts in the contest, good for a 35.6 average, including booting one 45 yards.