SELINSGROVE, PA-The York College women’s lacrosse team notched a big road win as they defeated Susquehanna University 10-8 in a non-conference contest in Selinsgrove, PA on Friday evening. The Spartans improve to 4-3 overall as they have won two straight and three of their last four. The Crusaders, who defeated the Spartans 15-10 last year in York, fall to 1-3 for the season.
The green and white kicked off the scoring just 1:19 into the game as Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) notched an unassisted goal, giving York the early advantage. The Crusaders struck for a pair of goals in just 39 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. York tied the game at two with a Lindsay Nixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) free position goal at the 22:27 mark of the first half.
Susquehanna took their final lead of the night as Heather Linton got a free position goal with 21:26 remaining in the first half. York tied the game at three on a Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) unassisted tally and then York took the lead with a Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) goal with 11:14 left in the first. Susquehanna tied the game with a Rachel Devilbiss goal but York Napolitano scored back-to-back goals just 18 seconds apart to give York a 6-4 lead. The Crusaders tallied the final goal of the half as Mary Minuni scored at the 7:17 mark of the stanza.
The second half kicked off with Susquehanna getting another goal from Minuni as the hosts tied the game at six. Megan Bell (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) and Napolitano pushed the York lead back to two at 8-6 with 16:36 remaining. The Crusaders matched those two goals with another Minuni score and a tally from Linton. Napolitano notched the winning goal on a free position shot with 8:21 left and VanLuit added a huge insurance goal off a pass from Napolitano with 5:18 remaining, securing York’s fourth win of the year.
Junior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) recorded the win in goal as she registered 12 stops in the win. Jess Weiss suffered the loss despite making ten saves for the Crusaders
Napolitano led the Spartan attack with five goals and one assist for six points. VanLuit added three points on two goals and one assist. Bell, Papsan, and Nixon each added one goal for the green and white. Junior Sara Schaffhauser (Middletown, N.Y./Minisink) notched a team-leading four draw controls while Bell and VanLuit each had three draw controls for the Spartans. Papsan, Nixon, Napolitano and Kristy Powers (Westminster, Md./Westminster) each had three ground balls for the green and white.
Minuni and Linton each tallied three goals to lead the Crusaders. Meghan Cadigan and Devilbiss added on goal each for the hosts.
The Spartans finished the game with a 27-25 edge in shots while the Crusaders had a 22-19 edge in ground balls. The Spartans committed 15 turnovers to just seven for the hosts. Both teams scored on both of their free position attempts while York ended the match with a 13-7 edge in draw controls.
York returns to action on Wednesday when they travel to Marymount for a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in Arlington is set for 3:30 pm.
Anne Feustle photo courtesy of Stephen Doemland