BY DIAMOND HOLTON
In their six annual Corners for Cancer game, the Salisbury University field hockey team defeated York College of Pennsylvania, 2-0, Saturday night at Sea Gull Stadium.
The Spartans’ (7-6, 1-2 CAC) defense held the game scoreless for most of the first half with York goalkeeper Eve Hauptle recording nine saves. The Sea Gulls (8-2, 2-0 CAC) managed to not let that stop them as the shots kept coming.
Salisbury recorded nine corners in the first half but no conversion was made as shots were blocked or missed.
Junior Annah Brittingham was swinging away as she had six of Salisbury’s 17 shots with two on goal in the first half. Despite the heavy defense of York, they only managed just one shot in the first half from midfielder Ali Posey.
Senior Samantha Johnson’s speed was a plus as she tried to find her teammates while soaring down the field. Setting up plays and scoring is one of her many talents as she has six goals for the season so far and fellow teammate, Brittingham feels she’s someone she can count on.
“It’s great to work with Sam (Johnson) and everyone on the field is fantastic,” Brittingham said. “I know someone is going to be there for me either behind me, in front of me or to the side of me and I can count on every single one of my teammates.”
Johnson found one familiar face, senior Courtney Jantzen, as she crossed shot from the right side that tipped off the opponent goalkeeper for Jantzen to collect and score giving Salisbury a 1-0 lead in the first half. That score marked goal number 50 of her career tying her for ninth in program history.
“It’s pretty awesome and it’s a lot of motivation to try and continue to succeed because at any point anyone can beat that record,” Jantzen said. “I’m here and I want to be remembered and to make a mark, so it’s really exciting.”
Of the eight penalty corners in the second half, one remained successful for the Sea Gulls as Johnson attempted the corner from the right side and Brittingham was there to rip it from left wing. That gave her five goals for the season and her team the 2-0 lead.
York succeeded in getting two penalty corners after that insurance goal from Salisbury, but nothing could be converted. Sophomore goalkeeper Tressie Windsor saved a shot from Posey to keep the Spartans at zero.
Within the last three minutes of the game, York substituted their goalkeeper Hauptle for Naomi George leaving an empty net at goalie.
Head coach Dawn Chamberlin said she’ll take the win, but knows it was not their finest performance. She felt like her team was a little bit sloppy compared to Wednesday night.
“It showed in our passing and just in our execution,” Chamberlin said. “We just didn’t finish as well as we should have, but we did enough to win and that’s what is important at this point. We got a few things to work on and we’ll be right back at it on Monday.”
The Sea Gulls have a short break before returning to action on Monday evening at 6 p.m. facing No. 12 Lynchburg College at Christopher Newport University, a neutral site. Two days after that on Wednesday they return home for another CAC matchup against St. Mary’s College of Maryland scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. as well at Sea Gull Stadium.