FIELD HOCKEY: Dallastown captures historic victory
- Dallastown beat New Oxford on Thursday, 5-1, in battle of York-Adams Division I powers.
- The Wildcats improved to 8-0 in York-Adams Division I action.
- It was the 600th victory in the history of the Dallastown field hockey program.
The conditions were far from picturesque, but Thursday’s game ended up being everything you’d expect from the 600th victory in the storied history of the Dallastown field hockey program.
A series of adjustments heading into the contest paid off handsomely, as the Wildcats traveled to New Oxford and dominated their York-Adams League Division I rival, 5-1.
“It’s awesome,” Dallastown coach Jeri Myers said of the milestone. “How many people can say they have 600 (victories) under their belt?”
The victory at New Oxford puts the Wildcats firmly in the driver’s seat for a division crown. The Wildcats (9-2-0 overall, 8-0-0 in D-I) have now twice beaten the second-place Colonials (10-2-0, 7-2-0).
Dallastown was unable to find much offense during a 1-0 victory at home vs. New Oxford on Sept. 16, but credited a focus on better passing for Thursday’s easier triumph.
“I’m not surprised, because first time around we played New Oxford, we did not play well at all,” said Myers, who has led the Wildcats to the vast majority of their victories during her 36 years as head coach. “That was not Dallastown the first time around, and today was Dallastown field hockey. This is how we’re capable of playing.”
Caroline Doll was the main beneficiary of those improved exchanges, scoring a pair of goals to lead Dallastown.
Her first goal of the game got the scoring started, when Doll drilled home a pass from Molly Lohss on a corner with 23 minutes, 28 seconds left in the first half. Later, Kiele Fullerton found Doll atop the circle and Doll put the Wildcats comfortably ahead, 4-0, when her shot redirected in off a Colonial defenders' stick.
One of the changes that Myers made for Dallastown was moving Doll up to midfield from her back position because of the senior’s solid stick work and ability to score.
“It’s a great feeling,” Doll said of Thursday’s victory. “Obviously Dallastown is a strong team and 600 solidified it. Last game was a challenge, we didn’t play our best.”
The Wildcats finished with a 10-8 advantage in corners and a 12-6 margin in shots on goal.
In preparation for their second tilt with the Colonials, the Wildcats practiced on a grass field grown a litter taller to simulate the slower conditions at New Oxford. To better acclimate themselves to the less-than-ideal weather conditions, the Wildcats made sure practice outdoors the day before in a similar setting.
“Yesterday, we were not a fan, let’s just say that,” Doll said of the practice in ugly conditions. “We complained the whole time, but it was definitely worth it because that’s exactly our conditions today ... the dreary, grassy day.”
Jen Crumling, Nicole Crumling and Kaylee Frey added goals for the Wildcats. Lohss and Jen Crumling each posted a pair of assists.
“Field hockey doesn’t get a lot of the glory we deserve to get, but 600 wins shows what we got and proved that we’re a powerhouse,” Lohss said. “When we get in the zone we can really do it. I don’t think it was necessarily easy, we were just doing well as a team.”
Dallastown goalie Sydney Terroso spent 59 minutes protecting the shutout before New Oxford’s Kasey Demi was able to tip home a long shot with 1:03 left to play. Terroso finished with five saves.
Dallastown quickly gets a chance for win No. 601. The Wildcats travel to Twin Valley on Friday. The Colonials will host Spring Grove on Monday.
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Gettysburg 5, Eastern York 0: At Wrightsville, Kailey Mixell scored three goals and added an assist for Gettysburg, while Madison Hirneisen had a goal and four assists.
Bermudian Springs 6, York Suburban 0: At York Springs, Nicki Wolf led the Eagles with two goals. The Eagles held the Trojans to zero shots on goal. Bermudian won the JV match, 4-0.
Littlestown 9, Fairfield 1: At Fairfield, the visitors cruised to victory. No other details were reported.
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