Spartans Fall to #7 Salisbury in Season-Opener

    SALISBURY, MD-The York College women’s lacrosse team opened their second varsity campaign with a 21-3 setback against Salisbury University in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday. The Sea Gulls, who are ranked seventh in the nation, improve to 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 0-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
    The Sea Gulls wasted little time in getting on the board as they scored on their very first shot with Sue Ackerman recording a goal just 22 seconds into the game. The Sea Gulls forged a 6-0 lead before Brianna Yapps (Joppa, MD / Fallston) tallied York’s first goal of the year with 18:39 remaining in the first half.
    The Salisbury lead grew to 10-1 before the Spartans got on the board for the second time. Lindsay Nixon (Westminster, MD / Westminster) struck for an unassisted goal at the 5:10 mark. York drew to within 10-3 as junior Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, MD / St. Mary's) scored her first York College goal off a pass from Lori Graf (Mt. Laurel, NJ / Lenape) with 4:03 remaining in the opening half. Salisbury responded by scoring the final three goals of the half as they took a 10-goal lead to the break.
    Salisbury controlled play most of the second half as they outscored the green and white 8-0 over the final 20 minutes.
    Ackerman led the Gulls with five goals and one assist. Natalie Degele added three goals and one assist while Katie Simmons contributed three goals. Stephanie Shores had two goals and two helpers for Salisbury.
    Yapps, Davis and Nixon scored the Spartan goals as the green and white was outshot 46-12 in the game.
    Erin Will started in net for the Sea Gulls and played the first half. She allowed the three Spartan goals as she made two saves. Natalie Pappas played the second half and did not make a save as York had just two shots in the second half.
    Anne Fuestle (Baltimore, MD / Catonsville) went the distance in net for York as she allowed 21 goals. Fuestle made 16 saves for the Spartans as she falls to 0-1 for the year.
    The Sea Gulls held advantages in almost every statistical category. The held a 27-15 edge in ground balls and forced 27 Spartan turnovers for the game. Salisbury won 20 of the game’s 26 draw controls while they were 6-of-8 in free position shots. York had just one free position shot and missed that attempt.
    The Spartans return to action on Thursday when they travel to Lycoming to face the Warriors in a non-conference contest. The match is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm.