The York College field hockey team pulled off the biggest win in school history on Tuesday night when the Spartans upended fourth-ranked Franklin & Marshall 2-1 in non-conference action in Lancaster.
It is the highest ranked opponent the Spartans have ever beaten in program history. The previous high was a pair of wins over ninth-ranked squads.
The Spartans improved to 4-2 while the Diplomats suffered their first setback of the campaign after four wins.
The Spartans wasted little time getting on the board when the sophomore tandem of Ali Posey and Autumn Mallory combined to put the Spartans up 1-0 seven minutes into the game. Posey, a Red Lion High School graduate, drove into the top of the circle and unleashed a shot that Mallory tipped into the back of the cage for the game's opening salvo.
Mallory struck again at the 24:43 mark, just over a minute after subbing back into the game. Posey drove down the wing and fed a pass back to the middle and Mallory collected the pass and put the ball in the back of the cage for the 2-0 lead. The two goals were Mallory's second and third of the year while the two assists were Posey's first of the season.
F&M scored in the second half, but couldn't get the equalizer.
Spartan head coach Carly Zinn said the win was a result of great play from her York squad.
"I am extremely proud of every player on this team," Zinn said. "They have challenged themselves mentally and physically, especially at practice. We have worked at playing faster and we did a great job of that tonight. Today's win was a total team effort that fully displays all the work we have put in on developing ourselves both individually and as a team."
The Spartans were outshot 20-5 in the game, including 7-3 in shots on goal. The Diplomats also held a 10-3 margin in penalty corners.
Eve Hauptle earned the win in goal, notching five saves.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTES
Spartan runners honored: Two York College cross country runners have earned weekly honors from the Capital Athletic Conference for their performances at the sixth annual Rich Achtzehn Classic on Saturday.
Both the York men's and women's teams finished in first place.
Sophomore Alex Smith was selected the CAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Smith was York's top male finisher in sixth place with a time of 28 minutes, 59.9 seconds in the eight-kilometer race.
Junior Alicia Dillman was named the CAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week after capturing the individual title. Dillman edged teammate Jenna Roberts for first place, finishing with a time of 25:58.0 in the six-kilometer race. Roberts is a Kennard-Dale High School graduate.
Women's volleyball falls: The York College women's volleyball team fell to visiting Elizabethtown on Tuesday, 26-28, 25-14, 26-24, 26-24.
The Spartans (4-7) were led by Kelly Cavey, who had a team-high 10 kills. Katherine Graziano led York in digs with 23. E-Town improved to 8-2.