Spartans Cruise to 18-7 Win at Chestnut Hill

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The York College women’s lacrosse team cruised to an 18-7 away victory this afternoon at Chestnut Hill College. The Spartans now move to 2-2 on the campaign while the Griffins drop their season-opener to start the year 0-1.

On a cold, wind-whipped afternoon in Philadelphia, Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) kicked-off her career day with a tally merely 59 seconds after the opening draw control. The senior midfielder would add the second of her seven scores just 36 seconds later to put the York side up 2-0.

Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) would then net back-to-back goals to give the Spartans the 4-0 lead with 20:55 remaining in the opening frame.

After Chestnut Hill’s Katie Donovan got the Griffins on the board with her successful free-position shot at the 16:55 mark, the Spartans would then hammer home five more scores. Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) would tally twice during the five-goal run as Carla Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Howard), Lindsay Nixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster), and Napolitano would chip in the three other scores to go up 9-1 with 10:55 left in the half.

Over the last ten and half minutes of the first stanza, the green and white would score four more times while the Griffins would notch a pair of goals. At the half, the Spartans led 13-3.

The second half proved tighter than the first, but York remained in solid control of the contest. The Spartans traded a pair of notches with Chestnut Hill to move the score to 15-5 with 19:15 to go in the game.

Napolitano would add her fifth goal just minutes later at the 16:45 mark before tallying her sixth with 14:42 to play.

After a pair of Griffin notches cut the score to 17-7, Napolitano fittingly completed the day’s scoring on a free position shot with 40 seconds to play.

The Spartan offense played extremely well throughout the contest peppering Griffin goaltender Stephanie Jordan with 41 shots as 32 were on target. In contrast, Chestnut Hill only recorded 16 total shots. York was also dominant in draw controls, winning 18 of 25.

Napolitano had a fantastic contest notching a career-high seven goals to go along with three assists. The senior rattled off 12 shots, 11 of which were on target, won seven draw controls, picked up four ground balls, and caused three turnovers. VanLuit had a break-out day herself, registering five scores while Davis netted four tallies.

The Spartans also recorded a season-high six assists. In addition to Napolitano’s three helpers, Katlyn Bowers (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly), Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County), and Thomas each added an assist.

Donovan would prove to be a thorn in the Spartans’ side as she notched a team-high five scores. The junior was 3-for-4 on free-position shots and picked up a pair of ground balls. Stephanie Carlyle added the Griffins’ other two goals while Maryanne Glass dished-out her squad’s only assist.

Junior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) grabbed the win in the Spartan net making six saves on the day. Chestnut Hill’s Jordan played exceptionally well despite the final margin, registering 14 stops.

The Spartans next travel to Grantham, Pa. on Saturday, March 8, to face the Falcons of Messiah College. The non-conference tilt is slated for 1:00 pm.

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Alison Napolitano photo courtesy of Eric Linsley