YORK, PA - The York College women’s lacrosse team used a pair of eight goal halves to drop Capital Athletic Conference foe Villa Julie 16-12 Wednesday afternoon at York’s Kinsley Field. The Spartans move to 6-4 on the season (3-3 CAC) while the Mustangs fall to 5-3 (1-3 CAC).
Senior midfielder Alison Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) notched a game-high five points as she tallied four goals and one assist. Three of Napolitano’s four scores came in the second stanza to help seal the victory for the Spartan side. Jaclyn VanLuit (New Freedom, Pa./Susquehannock) equaled Napolitano’s goals as the senior attacker also netted four scores. VanLuit notched the Spartans’ final two goals each by sprinting past the Mustang defense and neatly finishing past Villa Julie goalkeeper Kaitlin Brzozowki.
The home squad would never trail in the contest as senior Lindsay Nixon (Westminster, Md./Westminster) put York up early tallying a mere 15 seconds into the contest. Villa Julie did even the score at 3-3 with 11:35 left in the first frame on a Mandi Carr free position goal. York would answer quickly as senior attacker Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) scored 20 seconds after Carr’s tally, then backed up her effort with another goal at the 11:02 mark to give the green and white a 5-3 advantage.
York’s lead would climb to as much as four going up 7-3 on Napolitano’s first score with 8:01 left in the first frame. However, over the final 7:32 of the first half, the Mustang offense would surge to cut the Spartans lead to 8-7 heading into the break.
The second stanza saw the York side quickly shut the door to any thoughts of a Villa Julie comeback as Carla Thomas (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Napolitano tallied with the half’s first five minutes to increase the lead to 10-7. At the 15:56 mark, the green and white’s lead would balloon to six at 15-9, the game’s largest margin. York would then effectively finish off the contest’s final 15 minutes to grab the 16-12 final.
For the game, the Mustangs held a slight 35-34 edge in shots while the Spartans picked up 30 ground balls to Villa Julie’s 29. York also earned a strong 19-11 advantage in draw controls.
Aside from Napolitano’s and VanLuit’s exploits on the offensive end, Nixon, Davis, and Thomas each scored twice. Thomas’ first goal was simply brilliant as she made a great dodge between a pair of Mustang defenders and slipped in the score with a nifty backhand shot. Rachel Papsan (Baltimore, Md./North County) and Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) also got their names on the score sheet chipping in one goal apiece. Senior midfielder Kristy Powers (Westminster, Md./Westminster) collected a game-high five ground balls in the win.
Kristyna Hnizda was Villa Julie’s leading scorer, notching three goals on the day. Megan Weiss added a pair of tallies for the Mustangs while seven other players scored once.
Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) picks up the win between the pipes for the Spartans as she made eleven saves over her 60 minutes of work. Brzozowki takes the loss in the Mustang net as she made eight stops.
The Spartans return to action this Saturday as they host Frostburg in a 12:00 pm non-conference tilt.
Alison Napolitano photo courtesy of Eric Linsley