LANCASTER, Pa. – An early two-goal deficit put the No. 4 Franklin & Marshall field hockey team in a hole it couldn't climb out from, falling to York in a 2-1 upset on Tuesday evening at Tylus Field.
The Diplomats suffered their first loss on the year to fall to 4-1, while the Spartans improved to 4-2.
Trailing by one goal with five minutes to go in the third, F&M pulled its goalkeeper to add another attacker to the offense. However, an untimely green card followed in the next minute to once again even the playing field.
Just 12 seconds remained on the clock when a Spartan foul in the circle led to a penalty corner for Clare Wirth and F&M, giving one last opportunity to the Diplomats.
Senior forward Maria Guarisco managed a shot on cage, however York's goalkeeper stood tall with the save. After a brief scrum in front, the Spartans gained possession to bring an end to the contest.
Autumn Mallory notched a pair of tallies for York in the first half and was assisted on both scores by Ali Posey. The duo lit the scoreboard in the seventh and 24th minute to send F&M into the break trailing by two.
The Diplomats came out of halftime with a renewed energy on the offensive end and quickly capitalized as Anne Horsley stormed down the left side and sent a cross from the top of the circle into Mary Kate Meedzan, who registered her second goal of the season to cut the York lead to one.
Despite 10 shots from the Diplomats in the second half, the Spartans managed to keep F&M at bay, clinging on for the narrow victory. F&M led in shots for the game at 20-5 and penalty corners at 10-3.
Ashley Gubernick (4-1) was dealt her first loss of the season, allowing two goals in 24 minutes of action. Eve Hauptle (4-2) recorded five saves to earn the win in cage for York.
F&M takes to the road on Saturday, opening Centennial Conference (CC) play against Swarthmore at noon.