BALTIMORE, MD - The York College women’s lacrosse team cruised to a 21-7 win over the College of Notre Dame of Maryland Tuesday afternoon in Baltimore. The Spartans, who continue to set the program bar higher and higher, improve to 11-4 on the season while the Gators falls to 7-5.
A total of nine Spartans would tally in the contest with five of those players recording multiple scores. Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) led all players with a game-high five goals. Davis has 36 tallies for her senior campaign. Ali Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) continues her exceptional 2008 adding four more goals to her season total while also distributing a pair of assists.
The Spartans would take the early 1-0 advantage on Lindsay Nixon’s (Westminster, Md./Westminster) first of three scores a mere 1:11 after the opening draw on an assist from Kristy Powers (Westminster, Md./Westminster). Notre Dame would even the score line with 25:24 left in the first half as Tina Money combined with Lauren Terry for the Gators’ first score. Terry’s goal was as close as Notre Dame would come the rest of the contest.
Just 42 seconds after the scored was tied, Napolitano sent home her first score and sparked a 9-0 Spartan run. Over the next 17 minutes of play the Spartans would significantly expand their lead. Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) capped the spurt with a tally at the 7:29 mark of the first frame.
Before the end of the half, Notre Dame would sandwich two scores around a pair of Spartan notches to draw the halftime score to 12-3 in favor of the visitors.
The second 30 minutes began extremely similar to its predecessor. The green and white would open the scoring early in the stanza before the Gators would tack one on a shortly thereafter. With the score now holding at 13-4, Nixon and Davis would each add a register a score to stretch the advantage to 15-4 with 21:34 remaining in the game.
After Terry recorded her second goal of the contest for the home squad at the 17:52 mark, York answered by going on another extended run. This time the Spartans would rattle the cage five straight times. Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) kicked off the final push with back-to-back goals at the 16:52 and 14:58 marks. Papsan would duplicate VanLuit’s efforts as she also scored consecutive goals with 13:58 and 11:32 left to play. Danielle Seling (Whiteford, Md./North Harford) closed the run with her score with 8:51 remaining. The Spartans now held a commanding 20-5 lead.
The Gators would notch a pair of goals before York’s Melissa Olsen (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) recorded the game’s final notch on a free position shot with 27 seconds remaining.
York registered 42 shots to Notre Dame’s 22 while the green and white also led in ground balls 23-16.
For the Spartans, Papsan and Nixon each recorded a trio of scores. VanLuit tallied twice while Carla Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Powers each added a score and an assist. Meg Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) chipped in with a pair of helpers on the offensive end. Megan Bell (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) put in another strong performance for the Spartans picking up four ground balls and causing a game-high four turnovers. Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) also collected four ground balls.
Terry paced the Gators with three goals on the day. Anne Shippen recorded two tallies for her squad while Money scored and dished out three assists. Money also collected a game-high six ground balls. Shippen filled up the stat sheet with five ground balls and five draw controls.
Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) picks up the win in goal for the Spartans as she made nine saves for her eleventh victory. Amanda Arkwright takes the loss between the Gators’ pipes, making 13 stops on the day.
The Spartans play their final regular season game this Thursday
against Muhlenberg. The non-conference tilt is slated for 4:00 pm
at York’s Kinsley Field.
Photo of Kaitlin Davis