Spartans Cruise Past Griffins, 17-6

    YORK, PA-The York College women’s lacrosse team rolled to a 17-6 non-conference win over Chestnut Hill College on a blustery Thursday afternoon at Kinsley Field in York. The Spartans, who snap their two game losing streak, improve to 4-6 for the campaign while the Griffins fall to 4-3 for 2007.
    The Spartans seized control of the game very early as they scored the first eight goals of the game. York’s opening goal came just over six minutes into the game as Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis Area Christian) scored off a pass from Jaclyn Girsh (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac). That assist would be the beginning of a busy day for Girsh. She scored York’s second goal, assisted on the fourth, and scored the fifth and sixth goals for the game as the green and white flexed their offensive muscle early.
    Katie Donovan stopped the Spartans’ game-opening run with with 3:32 remaining in the half with the Griffins’ first goal. York responded by scoring four of the final five goals of the half to take the 12-2 lead to the break.
    York’s lead grew to as many as 12 in the second half before the green and white settled for the final 11 goal margin.
    Girsh finished the game with nine points on six goals and three assists. Girsh also had six draw controls and a ground ball. Brianna Yapps (Joppa, MD/Fallston) and Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) each added three goals and an assist for four points. Napolitano chipped in with three points on two goals and one assist. Megan Bell (Westminster, MD/Francis Scott Key) finished with one goal and also had seven ground balls, two draw controls and a game-high four caused turnovers.
    Tiffanie Stanton led the Griffins with three points on two goals and one assist. Donovan had two goals while Morgan Nichols added one goal and one assist. Stephanie Carlyle added a goal, four ground balls and one draw control.
    York goalie Anne Fuestle (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville) played the initial 39:26 before giving way to Kimberly Scheiman (Palo Alto, CA/Henry M. Gunn) for the final 20:34 of action. Fuestle made four saves to earn the win while Scheiman notched three saves in her first appearance in the green and white.
    Stephanie Jordan went the distance in net for the Griffins. She recorded nine saves as she allowed 17 Spartan goals.
    York finished the game holding a 34-16 edge in total shots, a 31-20 margin in ground balls, and a 17-8 edge in draw controls. Both teams were 0-for-2 in free position shots. The Griffins committed 29 turnovers for the game while York was a shade sloppy with 25 miscues.
    The Spartans are off until Thursday, April 12 when they host Goucher in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time at Kinsley Field is set for 4:00 pm.