OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Freshman Gracyn Colborn scored her first two goals as a Mustang, but it was not enough as the York College of Pennslyvania Spartans used a three-goal outburst in the first 16-minutes to hold off a furious second-half push by the home side to win 3-2 in non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.
- York (5-5) wasted little time putting the pressure on junior goalie Kelsey Eure as just three minutes in a penalty corner was taken by Julea Truskey who found Greta Plappert at the top of the attack area and her shot found the net to make it 1-0.
- Another penalty corner inserted by Truskey led to a shot from Lindsay Nye that was stopped by junior Jordan Hershberger, but the rebound skipped out to Sam Collis who beat Eure for a 2-0 lead. Then in the 16th-minute, the corner would once again come back to hurt Stevenson (4-7) as Plappert hit Dana Meehling with a pass and her offering hit the back of the cage for a 3-0 edge.
- The Mustangs got their first shots in the 23rd-minute. First, senior Ashley Meyer was denied by Spartans goalkeeper Sam Keating, the ensuing rebound kicked out to sophomore Brooke Morris who had her shot kicked away keeping the deficit where it was.
- However, a foul was called York inside the attack arc which resulted in a Stevenson penalty stroke that was put home by Colborn cutting it to 3-1 with 12 minutes to play in the half.
- The Spartans would record the only other shot of the opening half but the attempt by Meghan Heary went wide of goal.
- At the break, the visitors held a 7-3 shots advantage.
- York came out of the break strong as they posted the first four shots of the frame that led to a pair of saves from Eure and yet another defensive save by Hershberger which kept Stevenson within striking distance at 3-1.
- Starting in the 51st-minute the Mustangs went on the attack recording six penalty corners and shots from senior Alexis Young, McVey, and Hershberger causing Keating two make two stops during the four-minute onslaught.
- With just ten minutes to play the Mustangs tried once again to push the play in an attempt to get back into the game as consecutive penalty corners by Meyer resulted in shots from sophomore Camryn Kelly and McVey who forced another stop out of Keating, but the rebound skipped to Colborn who buried her second of the day making the score 3-2.
- In the 66th-minute after a Mustangs timeout the Spartans looked to put the game away, but a shot from Paige Taylor was knocked away by the knee of senior Marissa Hoffman who had taken the place of Eure in net to give the home side an extra player.
- With two seconds left the hosts were still threatening, unfortunately, the final attempt of the contest off the stick of McVey trickled just wide of goal.
- After a rough opening half, the Mustangs outshot York 9-6 in the second period. The Spartans held a slim 13-12 advantage for the game.
- The visitors also had a 16-12 lead in penalty corners.
- Stevenson posted a season-high three defensive saves and 12 penalty corners on the afternoon.
- Eure made five saves in the game.
- It was the fifth time this year the Mustangs had suffered a one-goal setback.
Freshman Gracyn Colborn converts the penalty stroke for her first goal as a Mustang.
- The Mustangs return to MAC Commonwealth play on Saturday, October 6 when they host the Widener University Pride at Mustang Stadium beginning at 6pm.