April 3, 2008

Spartans Establish Program Wins Record; Napolitano Sets Career-High

YORK, PA - The York College women’s lacrosse team grabbed a convincing 20-9 victory over visiting Misericordia University Thursday evening as a cold wind swept across Kinsley Field for much of the contest. The Spartans (8-4) establish a new program record with eight wins on the season while the Cougars (4-4) are held to under ten goals for the first time all year.

Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) was a force for the Spartan side as she was all over the field. The senior midfielder set a career-high with ten points as she tallied five goals and tied a career-high with five assists. Napolitano also won five draw controls and picked up one ground ball.

Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) and Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) each posted strong performances on the offensive end.  Each player scored four times and scooped up two ground balls. Davis was also 2-for-2 in free-position goals.

Misericordia jumped out front early as Jamie Wargo scored for the Cougars just 49 seconds after the opening draw. VanLuit answered Wargo’s score just 15 seconds later to even the tallies at one apiece. The Spartans would go on to score three more times before Misericordia would get their second with 25:02 left in the half. With the home squad leading 4-2, the green and white would kick the offense into high gear.

Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) started a five-goal run at the 22:31 mark on a Napolitano assist. Napolitano would then cap the spurt five minutes later with her fourth goal of the game with 17:13 showing on the first half clock.

Misericordia’s Shannon Tinkham then cut the Spartan lead to 9-3 with 13:07 to play before three more Spartan scores pushed the advantage up to 12-3. One more Cougar goal and a pair of Spartan scores brought the halftime margin to 14-4 in favor of the green and white.

The second frame began much like the first as the Cougars scored merely ten seconds into the half. York would then go on a six-goal tear between the 29:11 and 16:15 marks. Megan Bell’s (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) fourteenth goal of the season started the spurt while Carla Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) scored York’s final goal of the contest with 16:15 remaining on the clock. The green and white now owned a 20-5 advantage and cruised over the game’s final 16 minutes to capture the 20-9 victory.

For the game, the Spartans commanded a 44-21 lead in shots and were 16-of-16 in their clear attempts. York also collected 24 ground balls to Misericordia’s eleven, while also winning 18-of-31 draw controls.

Papsan added to the Spartans offensive production by recording a hat trick while senior Kristy Powers’ (Westminster, Md./Westminster) freshman Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) each chipped in with a goal.

Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) picks up her eighth win of the season recording four saves. Feustle has been in net for each of the third-year program’s 21 wins. Allison Hoffer takes the loss for the Cougars making three saves while Heather Heun made nine stops.

The Spartans return to action this Saturday as they host Farmingdale State at 10:00 am. Prior to the game each of the Spartan seniors will be honored for their contributions to the women’s lacrosse program.

GAME BOX

Alison Napolitano photo courtesy of Scott Guise