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Bad First Half Costs Spartans against UMW

YORK, PA-The York College women’s lacrosse team fell behind early in the game but battled back before falling to #17 Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference contest on a chilly Saturday afternoon in York. The Eagles improve to 6-3 with the win while they are also 4-0 in the CAC. The Spartans fall to 5-4 overall as their three game win streak was snapped. York is now 2-3 in the CAC.

The Eagles flew out of the gate as they scored the first seven goals of the game. Sarah Finney scored three of the first seven goals while Julia Milner added two goals of her own. Caitlin Erickson added a goal and a pair of assists in the spurt.

York got a pair of goals back before the half as Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) got York on the board with 7:12 left in the half with an unassisted goal. Senior Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) scored York’s other first half goal as she notched an unassisted tally with 5:39 remaining before the half.

The Eagles offense continued their onslaught with a five goal spurt to start the second half as the lead ballooned to 12-2. York received a Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) goal to stop the Eagle scoring barrage. Brittany Butler pushed the lead back to 13-3 on a free position goal but York answered with three goals in a 31 second span to trim the UMW lead to 13-6.

After the teams traded a pair of goals to make the score 15-8, VanLuit scored two goals in 20 seconds and Papsan added another tally 1:21 later, cutting the Eagle lead to 15-11. Mary Washington added an Erickson goal with 2:09 left to close out the scoring.

Erickson had a big day for the Eagles as she had five goals and five assists for 10 points. Butler and Finney each added four points on three goals and one assist while Emily Talbot added two goals and two assists for four points. Milner had a trio of tallies for UMW.

Offensively for York, VanLuit notched four goals to pace the green and white. Bell contributed three points on two goals and one assist while Papsan and Napolitano each had two goals. Freshman Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) scored one goal and assisted on one other for a pair of points.

Meredith Deitrick earned the win in net for Mary Washington. Deitrick played the first 35:40 of the game before being subbed for as the Eagles were up 11-2. Helena Polites relieved Deitrick and the Spartans tallied eight goals on ten shots in 19:19, forcing the Eagles to bring Deitrick back into the game where she played the final 5:01, preserving the win. Deitrick finished the game with nine saves and three goals allowed in 40:41 of work. Polites allowed eight goals and made one save in her stint.

Goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) went the distance in net and made ten saves as she allowed the 16 Eagle goals.

Mary Washington finished the game with a 35-29 edge in shots while they held a big 40-24 edge in ground balls. The Spartans committed 34 turnovers of which 16 were caused by UMW. The Eagles made 26 miscues for the game.

York returns to action on Wednesday when they host Villa Julie in a CAC contest. Game time is set for 3:30 pm in York.

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