Blue Jays Bounce Spartans in 2009 Opener

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – The York College women’s lacrosse team suffered an 18-3 loss at the hands of host Elizabethtown College Saturday afternoon in the Spartans’ 2009 season-opener. The Green and White begin the year in the loss column while the Blue Jays start 1-0.
     The hosts jumped out front early, recording the game’s first three goals. Katie Caprinolo and Stephanie Kreis each tallied unassisted scores before Katie Foley notched Elizabethtown’s third on a Kelsea Kozak helper.
      Facing a 3-0 deficit by the first half’s 25:04 mark, junior captain Megan Bell (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) responded with York’s first goal of the season. Bell tallied her first of the year on a free position shot with 23:41 remaining in the first stanza.
      The Blue Jays’ quickly answered as Megan Byrnes notched her first of the year off of an Anna Ford assist less than 90 seconds after Bell’s score. Elizabethtown would add three more to the board before the Spartans’ could post their second.
      Fellow junior captain Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) recorded the Green and White’s second tally on a brilliant individual effort in front of the Blue Jay cage. Foy cradled the ball at the top of the offense before using her outstanding quickness to slip past her first defender. The junior avoided the Blue Jays’ next line of defense with a gorgeous spin move that left her wide open in front of the goal. With only Elizabethtown’s goalkeeper left to beat, Foy found the back of the net and cut the Blue Jay lead to 7-2.
      The five-goal difference did not last long however, as the Blue Jays quickly mounted a substantial lead. Following an Elizabethtown yellow card and subsequent penalty, Caprinolo posted a man-down goal at the 9:18 mark of the first. Caprinolo’s goal sparked a 10-0 run for the hosts that spilled over well into the second frame.
      The Spartans would only notch one more score on the afternoon as sophomore defender Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) scored on a free position shot with 11:33 to play in the second.
     Anna Ford capped off the Blue Jay scoring with 6:30 remaining to secure the 18-3 victory.
Ford proved to be the day’s high scorer as she hit the back of the Spartan net six times. She also posted an assist, two ground balls, two turnovers, and a draw control. Foley added a trio of tallies for the Blue Jays, collecting a pair of ground balls. Three more Blue Jays each scored twice. Goalkeeper Jenn Hawkins picks up the win in the cage as she registered five saves in her 30 minutes of work. Becca Watkins relieved Hawkins for the second frame and recorded four saves.
     In addition to her goal, Bell added six draw controls and two ground balls to the Spartan stat sheet. Foy and Vrana each picked up a pair of ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) made 10 saves throughout her 60 minutes of action.
      The Green and White return to action on Wednesday, February 25, with a trip down to Stevenson University. York faces the Mustangs in their first Capital Athletic Conference contest at 3:00 pm.


Photo of sophomore defender Kelly Vrana