SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 5 Salisbury University field hockey team came up with a 2-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory over York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday night during the program's sixth-annual "Corners for Cancer" game.
The Sea Gulls (8-2, 2-0 CAC) were awarded 17 penalty corners on the evening, turning one into a goal, remaining perfect in league play. The teams traded strong offensive possessions early in the game, but neither team would break through in the first 25 minutes.
Salisbury would get three early penalty corners, with the best chance coming on the second try as junior Annah Brittingham got room on the left side to wind up for a shot, but her effort was deflected down by a York defender and cleared out of the circle.
Just under five minutes into the contest, York got its first chance off the team's only first-half penalty corner. After the insert to the top of circle, Ali Posey – the Spartans' leading scorer – got the ball on the left side and wound up to fire a shot, but missed just wide to the left, hitting the side of the goal.
A few minutes later, Posey carried into the left side, and got to the end line, but junior Jessie Todd stepped in to stop Posey's centering pass.
Midway through the first half, off a free hit, Casie Preisch, lifted a ball into the Salisbury offensive end. A York defender was able to get a piece of the ball, but it got behind her and junior Becca Rinaca was left one-on-one with York goalkeeper Eve Hauptle. Hauptle charged toward Rinaca and stopped the try, but Salisbury would not be denied on the next scoring push.
The Sea Gulls got the ball deep into their offensive end, with senior Sam Johnson sending a cross in front of the cage from near the end line. Hauptle got a piece of the cross, but deflected it toward senior Courtney Jantzen in the front of the net. Jantzen controlled the ball and fired it into the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
The score was the 50th goal of Jantzen's career and moved her into the top 10 in program history, tied for ninth with Susan Ralph Elliott (1977-80) and Megan Hopper Block (1995-98).
The one-goal lead would stand at halftime with Salisbury holding a strong statistical advantage, outshooting the Spartans 17-1 and getting nine penalty corner chances to York's one.
The offensive opportunities balanced out in the second 35 minutes with Salisbury getting seven shots off and the Spartans (7-7, 1-3 CAC) trying four. Just under 14 minutes into the second period, York pushed into its offensive end for one of the team's best chances of the night. Lindsay Nye got a shot off from the right wing, but Salisbury sophomore goalkeeper Tressie Windsor was there for the kick save. The rebound found Autumn Mallory in front of the net, but again, Windsor was there for the stop as the Salisbury defense cleared the ball out of the circle.
Windsor finished with three saves on the night for her fourth shutout of the year.
Salisbury came back moments later with the insurance goal as Johnson inserted from the left side on a penalty corner to Brittingham. The junior unleashed a shot toward the cage which found the backboard for the 2-0 lead.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Monday evening, October 19, heading to Christopher Newport University for a neutral-site contest against No. 12 Lynchburg College. That game is slated to begin at 6 p.m.