Spartans Conclude Campaign with 17-12 Loss at Frostburg

    FROSTBURG, MD-The York College women’s lacrosse team ended their 2007 campaign with a 17-12 loss to Frostburg State University on Wednesday afternoon in Frostburg, MD. The Bobcats improve to 5-8 overall while the Spartans conclude their second varsity campaign with a mark of 7-10.
    The green and white jumped out to the early 3-1 lead less than seven minutes into the game. The host Bobcats scored four of the game’s next five goals as they took a 5-4 lead with 11:01 remaining in the first half. Each team scored a pair of goals over the final seven minutes of the half. Frostburg’s two goals came with 41 seconds and six seconds left in the stanza as a potential Spartan lead at the half evaporated.
    After Frostburg’s Ashley Mattison opened the second half scoring with a goal just 22 seconds into the half, the Spartans tallied four straight goals to forge a 10-8 lead with 27:23 remaining in the game. Frostburg State responded with a seven-goal barrage that covered 13 minutes and turned a two goal Spartan lead into a five goal Bobcat advantage.
    York got a Brianna Yapps (Joppa, MD/Fallston) goal with 9:31 remaining in the game but Elisabeth Hildebrand scored 12 seconds later as the Spartan momentum was stymied. Each team scored another goal to close out the scoring.
    Carly Rihard led the Bobcats with four goals and six assists for 10 points. Hildebrand added four goals while Mattison and Ann Long each added three goals for Frostburg. Long chipped in with two assists while Mattison had one helper.
    Yapps, in her final game in the green and white, scored four goals while she handed out one assist for five points. Senior Jaclyn Girsh (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac), junior Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, MD/St. Mary's) and senior Laurie Graf (Mt. Laurel, NJ/Lenape) each added two goals for the green and white while Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, MD/Annapolis Area Christian) tallied three points on a goal and two assists. Megan Bell (Westminster, MD/Westminster) had a goal and an assist while she also notched five draw controls for York.
    Frostburg goalie Rachel Lewis made a career-high 27 saves as she allowed 12 goals in 60 minutes of work.Spartan sophomore netminder Anne Fuestle (Baltimore, MD/Catonsville) posted nine saves in her 60 minutes of action.
    The Spartans out-shot the hosts 46-35 while the Bobcats had a 32-24 edge in ground balls. York committed 27 turnovers while the Bobcats had 23 miscues. The Spartans captured 17 of the game’s 31 draw controls.
    The Spartans notched a one-game improvement over last year’s inaugural campaign that saw them go 6-11. The green and white schedule was upgraded this year and the Spartans responded by winning their first-ever CAC tournament game with their 18-17 double overtime thriller at Catholic on April 22.