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Spartans Roll to First CAC Victory of 2009

YORK, PA—The York College women’s lacrosse team earned their first Capital Athletic Conference victory of the season Saturday with a 17-2 home victory over Hood College. The triumph brings the Spartans to an overall record of 4-7 (1-3 CAC) and dropped the Blazers to 4-5 (1-4 CAC).
     The Green and White dominated every aspect of the game from the opening whistle. Senior Megan Bell (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) racked up six points on five goals and one assist to lead the scoring frenzy. Sophomore Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) tallied four goals of her own while five other Spartans put points on the board.
     The Spartans’ offensive assault resulted in eight first-half scores before piling up nine in the second.
     Freshman Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) struck first for the York squad when she scored an unassisted goal 1:48 into the contest. Kerrigan followed Kanzler’s score with her first tally at 24:42.
     Kanzler and Kerrigan each added another score before Hood got on the board with a goal from Brandy Noel with 17:39 left in the period.
     From that point on, the Green and White controlled the scoring as Bell added three of her goals, including two consecutive scores to finish out the period. Sophomore Katie Bowers (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) notched her first goal of the season as the Spartans went into halftime with a comfortable 8-1 lead.
     Hood opened up the second period by scoring early when Kelsey Blackwell put away her 23rd tally of the season. Blackwell’s score would prove to be the last time the Blazers found the back of the Spartan net as York’s defense limited Hood to just four shots in the second period. Senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) denied Hood’s offense with three saves on nine shots throughout the game.
     York’s offense continued to run on overdrive in the second period. Following Blackwell’s goal, a balanced Spartan attack resulted in nine more scores, including two more each from Kerrigan and Bell. Junior Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), freshman Whitney Kendall (Sandy Spring, Md./Sherwood), freshman Meaghan Doak (Pylesville, Md./Harford Tech), and sophomore Katie Mansell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake Senior) each added a goal of their own while Bowers notched her second tally of the game to finish out the Spartan scoring.
     For the game, the Spartans outshot the Blazers 40-9. They also won the ground ball battle 18-10. York showed poise and control with the ball as they limited themselves to nine turnovers and gained 16 draw controls, while Hood gave up 15 turnovers and could only pick up five draw controls. The Spartans were also effective at clearing the ball, as they successfully cleared 10 times on 10 attempts.
     The Spartans return to action against Notre Dame (Md.) at Kinsley Field on Tuesday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m.

GAME BOX

Megan Bell photo courtesy of Scott Guise

Game story written by Matt Volpe: York College Sports Information student intern

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