Delay doesn’t dampen York; McFarland leads Spartans past McDaniel

YORK, Pa. – April McFarland recorded a hat trick, including the game-winner with 3:24 to play, to lead York (Pa.) to a 4-3 victory over McDaniel in non-conference field hockey action on Tuesday.

            Trailing 3-2 after a 1-hour, 20-minute delay, the Spartans (6-6) scored twice in the game’s final 9:03 to snap a three-game losing streak in the series.
            Kristin Mele (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) led the Green Terror (5-5) with her second straight two-goal game.
            After Mele scooped up a loose ball in front of the cage to put McDaniel on top 3-1 in the 48th minute, McFarland pulled the hosts within one before lightning forced the teams to leave the field.
            After the delay, Megan Spangler tallied an unassisted goal at the 60:57 mark to even the game before McFarland tipped in a long feed for the game-winner.
            Mele opened the scoring, finishing a Michelle Fluty (Huntingtown, Md./Calvert) rebound off a shot and feed just 1:01 into the contest.
            McFarland tipped home a Spangler pass at the 25:25 mark to even the game before halftime.
            Jamie Smith (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) tapped home a Mandy Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) slide pass to give McDaniel a 2-1 lead in the 40th minute.
            Erika Wawzyanick (Wantage, N.J./High Point Regional) made five saves for the Green Terror while Claire Rekitzke made four stops for York.
            The Spartans finished with a 23-11 advantage in shots and 17-4 advantage in penalty corners.
            McDaniel returns to action at Swarthmore on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.
Score by Period                                        1          2          -           F
McDaniel (5-5)                                          1          2          -           3
York (Pa.) (6-6)                                         1          3          -           4
M – Kristin Mele (Michelle Fluty), 1:01
Y – April McFarland (Megan Spangler), 25:25
M – Jamie Smith (Mandy Pickard), 39:07
M – Mele, 47:07
Y – McFarland, 53:57
Y – Spangler, 60:57
Y – McFarland, 66:36
Shots: M 11, Y 23. Penalty Corners: M 4, Y 17. Saves: M 5 (Erika Wawzyanick), Y 4 (Claire Rekitzke).