VanLuit Scores Six as Spartans Drop Bobcats

VanLuit Scores Six as Spartans Drop Bobcats

YORK, PA - The York College women’s lacrosse team cruised to a dominating 17-3 victory over Frostburg State University on a sun splashed yet chilly afternoon at York’s Kinsley Field. The victory ups the Spartans’ 2008 mark to 7-4 while the Bobcats fall to 4-4 on the campaign.

Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) was the Spartans’ leading scorer for the contest tying her career-high with six goals. VanLuit’s speed proved lethal against Frostburg’s defense. On several occasions, the senior attacker collected the ball near the midfield line and went on a dead sprint toward the Bobcat goal leaving defenders in her wake before slotting home the score. VanLuit now has 36 goals on the season, tied for tops on the squad.

Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Carla Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) joined VanLuit in the offensive explosion as they each recorded a hat trick. For the season, Napolitano is even with VanLuit’s 36 tallies while the senior midfielder has dished out a team-best 12 assists including two against Frostburg. Thomas’ trio of scores nearly doubled her season total bumping her mark to seven goals on the year.

The green and white came out firing as they pounced on the Bobcats for eleven first half goals. VanLuit was the first Spartan with her name on the score sheet, recording the game’s first score just 1:01 after the opening whistle. The Spartans would add two more scores before Frostburg notched their first goal with 23:14 showing on the first half clock.

From there, York would score six straight times over a ten minute period to move the score to 9-1 in favor of the home squad. Napolitano began the run with a tally at the 21:03 mark and then closed out the spurt with a free position shot with 11:18 left in the frame.

After a Frostburg score from Carly Rihard and two more York tallies, one each from Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) and VanLuit, the Spartans held a commanding 11-2 advantage at the halftime break.

After the Bobcats opened the second stanza with their third notch of the game, at the 28:04 mark to cut the lead to 11-3, the green and white went on another six goal run to close the game. Once again, Napolitano began the spurt with her third score with 22:38 remaining in the game. VanLuit would score her final three goals during the run with the last coming with 4:07 to go in the game. Melissa Olsen (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) netted the game’s final score with 2:07 to complete York’s 17-3 victory.

For the game, the Spartans rattled off an incredible 43 shots to Frostburg’s 12 attempts. The Bobcats only forced Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), who picked up the win in the York net, to make three saves in her 60 minutes of work. Frostburg’s goalkeeper Erin Morrell made 12 stops.

The Spartans also tied a program-high collecting 55 ground balls to Frostburg’s 34 while the Bobcats held a 13-9 advantage in draw controls.

Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North)
played exceptionally well on the defensive end for the green and white collecting a career-best nine ground balls and causing a game-high four turnovers. Foy’s nine ground balls ties the program mark for most ground balls in one game. Kristy Powers’ (Westminster, Md./Westminster) work in the midfield led to six ground balls while Davis added a pair of scores for the Spartans. Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) and Lindsay Nixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) chipped in with a goal apiece.

The Bobcats’ received scores from Rihard, Elisabeth Hildebrand, and Meredith Martin. Hildebrand also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Martin and Jessica Beaty each collected four ground balls apiece.

York returns to action on Thursday, April 3, when they host Misericordia in a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt.


Jaclyn VanLuit photo courtesy of Steve Doemland