YORK, PA-The York College women’s lacrosse team dropped their 2008 home opener, falling to Salisbury University, 22-4 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Sunday afternoon in York. The Sea Gulls, who are ranked second in the nation, improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the CAC. The Spartans fall to 1-2 and 0-2 in the conference.
The Sea Gulls wasted little time in asserting themselves as they scored the first eight goals of the game. Beth Rhodey scored three of those eight goals while Jessica Chmielewski, Robyn Bishop, Sue Ackermann, Alexis Morrell, and Jessica Liston each registered single tallies in the run.
York got on the board with 16:04 left in the opening half as Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) scored her first goal of the year on a free position shot. The Gulls responded by scoring the next four goals to increase their lead to 12-1. Senior Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) tallied an unassisted goal on another free position shot with 5:23 remaining, trimming the York deficit to 12-2. Chmielewski added another goal prior to the half as Salisbury led 13-2 at the break.
The second half saw the Spartans open the stanza with Papsan’s second goal of the game just over a minute into play. The Gulls responded with three straight goals, increasing their lead to 16-3. York’s final goal came from Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) with 18:50 left in the game. The Gulls finished the game with a 6-0 flurry to provide for the final score.
Salisbury was paced by Rhodey as she notched five goals. Chmielewski added four goals and an assist while Ackermann added two goals and two assists. Bishop was another multiple point scorer with two goals and one assist. The Gulls had 13 different players score goals while seven different players had an assist.
Papsan paced the York offense with two goals while Napolitano and Davis each contributed one tally for the hosts.
Goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) went the distance in goal for York as she allowed all 22 Salisbury goals while she made 10 saves in the loss. Sonja Stuart made the start in goal for Salisbury and she played 45:12, making nine saves as she allowed the four Spartan goals. Natalie Pappas relieved Stuart and played the final 14:48. She was not forced to make a save as the Spartans did not attempt a shot over that final 14:48 of the game.
Salisbury finished the game holding a 43-15 edge in shots including a 32-13 edge in shots on goal. The Gulls finished with a 20-10 edge in ground balls. The Spartans had 24 turnovers, 15 of which were caused by the Sea Gulls. Salisbury took care of the ball, committing seven miscues with one of those mistakes being caused by York.
Salisbury converted 4-of-5 free position shots while the Spartans went just 2-for-6 in free position shots for the game. Salisbury won the battle of the draw controls 14-13.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Chestnut Hill for a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 4:00 pm.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Doemland