Spartan Women End Home Schedule with 13-12 Win Over Notre Dame

    YORK, PA-The York College Spartan women’s lacrosse team closed out the home portion of their 2007 schedule with a 13-12 non-conference win over College of Notre Dame on Thursday in York. The Spartans improve to 7-9 overall while the Gators fall to 12-2 for the campaign. The win snaps the Gators’ six game win streak.
    The Gators struck first as they tallied the game’s first two goals. Junior Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis Area Christian) got the green and white on the board with a goal at the 22:46 mark of the first half. The Spartans tied the game on a Brianna Yapps (Joppa, MD/Fallston) goal with 18:02 left on the clock. The Gators recaptured the lead with a pair of goals but York responded with four straight goals to take the 6-4 lead with 5:49 remaining in the half. Tina Money tied the game again with a pair of goals, the second coming with 1:54 on the clock. The green and white closed out the first half scoring with a Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, PA/Susquehannock) goal at 1:34 and a Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, MD/North County) with just seconds left before the half as York led 8-6 at the break.
    York pushed the lead to 10-6 with a pair of goals to open the half. The Gators answered the Spartan run with a trio of goals from Anne Shippen, drawing Notre Dame to within one at 10-9. The teams traded goals before the Spartans scored two straight to push the lead to 13-10 with 4:58 remaining in regulation.
    The Gators received an Amelia Yatto goal with 3:39 remaining as they trimmed the Spartan lead to 13-11. Yatto scored again with 2:01 left in regulation on a free position shot as the Gators attempted to earn their 13th win of the season. The Spartans earned the draw control off Yatto’s second goal but a Spartan shot was saved, allowing the Gators possession. The Spartans forced a Shippen turnover with 47 seconds left as the green and white killed the clock to preserve the win.
    Napolitano led the Spartans with five points on three goals and two assists. Girsh notched three goals and an assist for four points. Yapps chipped in with three points on two goals and one assist. Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) recorded two goals for York.
    Shippen paced the Gator offense as she had six goals for Notre Dame. Money added three goals while Yatto had a pair. Sara Breidenbaugh was the other multiple point scorer as she chipped in with a goal and an assist.
    Sophomore goalie Anne Fuestle (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville) notched 12 saves for the Spartans to earn the win. Amanda Arkwright suffered the loss as she allowed 13 goals while she registered nine saves for the Gators.
    Notre Dame outshot the Spartans 36-34 while both teams had 23 ground balls. York committed 25 turnovers while the Gators has 26 miscues in the game. The Spartans notched 17 draw controls for the contest while the Gators had 10. Neither team was very good in free position shots as the Gators were 3-for-14 while the Spartans were just 2-for-9.
    The Spartans conclude the season on Wednesday, May 2 with a trip to Frostburg State University. Game time in Frostburg, MD is set for 4:00 pm.