The York College field hockey team had some lofty ambitions for the 2017 season.
The team's goals included winning the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular-season title, capturing the conference playoff crown and making the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Accomplishing those objectives would not come easily, however, especially considering the Spartans had never achieved any of those aims previously.
The feeling around the team of late, however, was that this season had the potential to be historic. Playing under first-year head coach Katie Fost — who is York’s third different head coach in as many seasons — the Green and White were approaching uncharted territory.
That momentum, however, was derailed a bit Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss to Salisbury in a battle of nationally-ranked teams.
The Spartans were No. 16 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll. Their future ranking, however, will likely be determined by the outcome of a three-game gauntlet that started Wednesday night vs. No. 8 Salisbury at Kinsley Field. That is followed by contests vs. No. 5 Christopher Newport and No. 12 Franklin & Marshall.
After a fiercely contested 70 minutes of action against one of the premier programs in the CAC, York found out that a gap still remains between it and Salisbury. The visitors struck for two goals nearly 90 seconds apart in the first half, propelling the Sea Gulls to the win.
“I don’t believe it’s hard to come back from being down two, and I believe my team is fully capable of coming back,” Fost said. “But Salisbury is an excellent team and this game showed us how much more work we have to put in to compete and be more consistent with programs like that.”
The difference came down to execution. York (11-3 overall, 3-1 CAC) outshot Salisbury (9-3, 3-1), 17-11, while also holding a 8-6 edge in penalty corners. The visitors, however, made good on their chances when they got them.
Fost and her team had chances throughout, including 11 shots and five penalty corners over the final 35 minutes. Salisbury goalie Tressie Windsor came up with several big stops en route to nine official saves.
York will have a few days to recover and rebound before traveling to Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 21, to take on Christopher Newport. Fost and her team are well aware of just how important it would be to come away with at least one, if not two, victories over this tough three-game stretch.
“This week is our beast,” Fost said. “We had Mary Washington and now Salisbury, CNU and Franklin & Marshall. There’s no time to let down, but we love these games. These are the games that make us better. The only way to get better is to work hard and learn from our mistakes tonight so we can rise to the occasion Saturday.”
Play 4 A Cure: While Wednesday’s result was disappointing on the scoreboard, the night was still a success for the program.
That’s because Fost and her club participated in the Play 4 A Cure event, a vehicle for athletic teams to raise money to promote cancer awareness.
Both the field hockey and women’s soccer teams sold “Go Pink or Go Home” T-shirts to raise money. Donations are still being collected online in the name of the field hockey program.
“I think it’s important to give back to the community,” Fost said. “And we were looking to help contribute in any way possible. So we’re glad to be able to help and hopefully we raised a little money for the cause.”
York's athletes get CAC honors: York College men's soccer freshman goalie Billy Bridegum has been named the CAC Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Bridegum led the Spartans to a 1-0-1 week with a win over Frostburg and a road tie at Salisbury.
In the Wednesday win over Frostburg State, Bridegum registered a save as he allowed one goal against the Bobcats. On Sunday, Bridegum registered a career-high 11 saves as he allowed one goal in 110 minutes of work against the Gulls. The 11 saves tied the Spartan school record previously set by Charlie Johnson at Johns Hopkins in 2015.
He finished the week with a 0.90 goals against average and an .857 save percentage.
York senior Alex Smith was named the CAC Men's Cross Country Co-Athlete of the Week after leading the Spartans to a third-place finish at the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan.
Smith was York's top finisher in 14th place with a personal-best time of 25 minutes, 15.3 seconds over the 8K course. His efforts helped the Spartans defeat four nationally-ranked teams among the 28 competing squads (No. 17 Johns Hopkins, No. 23 Rowan, No. 24 Rhodes, No. 34 Dickinson).
Former Dover standout excels in women's soccer win for York: The York College women's soccer team rolled to a 4-0 win over Wesley on Wednesday.
Former Dover standout Maxine Herman had a goal and assist for the Spartans. Caitlin Rankin added two goals for the winners, while Emily Munkittrick added one goal.
York improved to 3-9-2 overall and 2-4-1 in the CAC. Wesley fell to 3-10-1 and 0-7.
Spartans edge Marymount in women’s volleyball: The York College women’s volleyball team nearly blew a 2-0 lead to Marymount, but prevailed in five games, 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 15-9.
The win for the Spartans (17-7, 3-2 CAC) snapped a two-match losing skid.
Brooke Krebs led the team with 11 kills, while Eryn Brady and Tyler Williams each tallied 10 kills. Krebs also finished with 11 digs, while Alexis Harbold led the team with 16. Gabby Emeigh led the Spartans with 24 assists and Molly McCann chipped in with 17.
York men’s soccer team falls at Wesley: The York College men's soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at Wesley.
Zion Friday scored the only goal for York (5-8-2, 3-3-1 CAC).
Penn State York knocks off PS Mont Alto in men’s soccer: The Penn State York men's soccer team scored a pair of goals in each half to knock of PS Mont Alto, 4-2.
Carlos Robles-Flores scored twice for the local Lions (3-7-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Penn State University Athletic Conference), while Carter Miller and Sashank Ravichandran both found the back of the net.
Local Lions swept in women’s volleyball: The Penn State York women’s volleyball team was swept by PS Mont Alto, 25-5, 25-8, 25-7.
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