April 24, 2007

Mary Washington Ends Spartans' Tournament Run

    FREDERICKSBURG, VA-The York College women’s lacrosse team fell to Mary Washington, 14-5, in the semifinals of the 2007 Capital Athletic Conference championships on Tuesday afternoon in Fredericksburg, VA. The Spartans fall to 6-9 for the year while the Eagles are now 14-5 as they advance to the tournament championship game where they will face top-seeded Salisbury.
    The Eagles asserted themselves early, taking a 6-0 lead just under 13 minutes into the game. Senior Jaclyn Girsh (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac) and junior Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 6-2 with just over 10 minutes left in the opening half. The Eagles reasserted control of the contest as they scored the final four goals of the half to take the 10-2 lead at the break.
    The Eagles continued to increase the lead as they scored three of the first four goals of the second of the half, increasing their lead to 13-3. York tallied two straight goals before the Eagles closed out the scoring with a Julia Milner tally with 2:21 remaining in the game.
    Meghan O’Leary led the Eagles with four goals while Kaitlyn Barker also had four points on three goals and an assist. Emily Talbot notched three goals for UMW while Sarah Finney recorded a pair of goals. Margaret Murray and Ashley Scutari each handed out a pair of assists for two points for the Eagles.
    York was led by the reigning CAC Player of the Week, Brianna Yapps (Joppa, MD/Fallston). Yapps notched a goal and an assist for two points. Girsh, Davis, Caitlin Walther (Harleysville, PA/Souderton), and Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, PA/Susquehannock) scored the other goals for York.
    Eagle goalie Meredith Deitrick notched 12 saves in the win. Spartan sophomore netminder Anne Fuestle (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville) recorded 22 saves in the loss.
    The Eagles outshot the Spartans 48-24 while they also held a 35-23 edge in ground balls. Neither team did a great job of taking care of the ball as York had 36 turnovers while Mary Washington had 32. The Eagles won 15 of the 21 draw controls for the game.
    The Spartans return to action on Thursday afternoon as they host College of Notre Dame in a non-conference contest. Game time is scheduled for 4:30 pm in York.