February 20, 2008

Spartans Fall to St. Mary's in Dragoni's Debut

ST. MARY’S CITY, MD - The York College women's lacrosse squad opened their 2008 campaign with a 16-8 setback at St. Mary's College on a frigid Wednesday afternoon in St. Mary's City, MD. The game marked the debut of Spartan head coach Jen Dragoni. The Spartans start the season 0-1 (0-1 CAC) while the Seahawks begin 1-0 (1-0 CAC).

The green and white jumped out first behind an Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) score just 2:19 into the contest.  A successful free position shot from St. Mary’s evened the tally at the 25:57 mark, but York took the lead once again merely 37 seconds later as Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) recorded her first goal of her senior campaign.

The quick start for the visitors seemed to stun their hosts as the Seahawks may have been surprised that the Spartans had truly come to play. After VanLuit’s goal, St. Mary’s woke up and proceeded to go on a 7-0 run over a nearly 16 minute period to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Megan Bell’s (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) first tally of the season stemmed the tide for the moment as she brought the Spartans to within five at 8-3 with 8:21 remaining in the frame.

Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) would add a fourth goal to the York total but was sandwiched between a pair of St. Mary’s tallies. The squads would head into the half with St. Mary’s owning a six-goal lead at 10-4. 

Over the first 30 minutes, the Spartans recorded 13 shots with ten on goal, while St. Mary’s registered 19 attempts with 16 on target.  York did do well taking care of the ball turning it over only six times in the period, while the Seahawks gave the ball to the visitors eight times.

The Spartans would fair better in the second half, but St. Mary’s would simply prove to be too much on this day. Aileen McCausland tallied her fourth score of the day 2:50 after the break to increase the Seahawk lead to 11-4.  Bell would cut the advantage back to six at 11-5 with her second tally of the game, but a pair of Lauren Carrier scores just ten seconds apart increased the home squad’s advantage to eight at 13-5 with 18:45 to play.

Another Napolitano goal with 18:21 left brought the visitor’s back to within seven at 13-6. The Seahawks would then effectively shut the door with back-to-back tallies at 15:52 and 15:09.  Kelsey Branch and Hannah Cooley each recorded their first scores of the season and gave the Seahawks the 15-6 advantage.

Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) would score for the York side at 11:27 and Napolitano would complete her hat trick at 4:08 before the Seahawks’ Branch would record the game’s final score with 58 seconds remaining.

For the game, St. Mary’s held the lead in shots 33-23 and put nine more on frame than the Spartans at 27-18.  The Seahawks also collected 15 ground balls to York’s eight.

Senior captain Napolitano led York with three goals while Bell added a pair of scores. VanLuit, Davis, and Kerrigan each added a tally to the scoreboard as Kerrigan and Danielle Seling (Whiteford, Md./North Harford) each contributed an assist.

McCausland led all scorers with four notches for the St. Mary’s side. Carrier added a hat trick and three other players tallied twice. A trio of Seahawks added a goal each for the home squad while Elizabeth Northfield recorded an assist.

The Spartans travel again this Friday as they make the 45-minute trip to Elizabethtown to take on the Blue Jays in a 4:00 pm contest.

GAME BOX