YORK, Pa. – The No. 8 Salisbury University field hockey team earned a 3-0 win at No. 16 York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday night.
The Sea Gulls drew the first penalty corner of the match less than four minutes in, resulting in the game's first shot, off the stick of freshman Camryn Dennis, but her try was blocked.
The Spartans countered with a corner of their own moments later, with senior Tressie Windsor using her right leg to kick away a try from Greta Plappert. It was one of three saves Windsor made in the first half.
Salisbury put together a flurry of shots in the 14th minute, set off when Jenna Partilla carried down right side before spinning into the circle. She tested York goalkeeper Eve Hauptle, the first of three shots in an eight-second span for the Gulls, with Hauptle turning two away and the final try going wide.
Emily Lemanski was the beneficiary of Arielle Johnston's hard work in the circle for the first goal of the game, coming in the 22nd minute. After Partilla got the ball into the circle from the right side, Johnston worked it to the front of the net, getting through the York defense. Johnson attempted one shot, which was turned away by Hauptle, but after grabbing the rebound Johnston calmly sent a pass to Lemanski in front of the cage. The junior knocked her first try of the night home for her seventh goal of the year and a 1-0 lead.
Just a minute and a half later, the Sea Gulls applied more pressure to Hauptle with a standoff between a Sea Gull forward and a Spartan defender at the right post. Salisbury won the battle, with a loose ball coming to Nicole Lindner just in front of the goal, where she pounded home her third goal of the year, for a 2-0 Salisbury lead.
Off their final of three penalty corners in the first half, the Spartans tested Windsor in the final minute, getting a shot from the left wing, which she turned away, and missing just wide to the left, sending the game to the break with Salisbury ahead by two.
Salisbury stretched its lead 10 minutes into the second half off one of the Sea Gulls' six penalty corners in the game. Natalie Wilkinson inserted to Johnston at the top of the circle. Johnston sent a quick pass to Dennis on the left wing and the freshman ripped a blast through the efforts of Hauptle for the 3-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls controlled play throughout much of the second half, but the Spartans turned up the pressure in the final 10 minutes, with a barrage of penalty corners and shots against Windsor. York was awarded four penalty corners in the closing 10 minutes and attempted seven shots, four of which Windsor turned away to preserve her fourth shutout of the year.
Windsor made nine saves in the outing, as Salisbury moved into a tie for second in the Capital Athletic Conference standings with the victory.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, October 21 heading to the University of Mary Washington. That match will begin at 12:30 p.m.