YORK, PA – Senior midfielder
Megan Bell (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key)
scored a career-high five goals Thursday afternoon to lead the York
College women’s lacrosse team passed visiting Marywood 15-2.
The win, the Spartans’ second in as many games, improves the
Green and White’s record to 2-3 while the Pacers open up the
season in the loss column.
Bell began the scoring, tallying on her first free position shot. The senior captain slotted home her first of the day at the 28:38 mark of the opening stanza.
Freshman Meaghan Doak (Pylesville, Md./Harford Tech) followed Bell’s score with two of her own. Doak’s tallies at the 27:59 and 24:41 marks were the first goals her promising college career.
The Pacers’ Allie Sodl cut the Spartan lead to 3-1 with 15:22 to play but that would be as close as the visitors would get for the rest of the game.
Just 89 seconds after Sodl’s goal, York’s Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) kick-started a Spartan offensive onslaught that resulted in eleven consecutive scores. Foy’s unassisted tally, her ninth of the season, came with 13:53 showing on the first half clock.
York notched a majority of their goals in the opening stanza as the Spartans took a commanding 11-1 lead into the halftime break. Foy, Bell, and sophomore Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) each scored multiple times in the first half as the Spartans also owned a decisive 26-5 advantage in shots. York also won 9-of-13 draw controls during the first 30 minutes.
The Spartans steadily took their foot off the gas in the second period, working mainly on their possession game. Foy and Bell did tally the first two scores of the period while freshman Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) posted the second goal of her collegiate career with 15:35 remaining in the game.
Marywood notched their second on a Taylor McKeown goal with 1:31 left, just 22 seconds before York’s Kerrigan finished off the scoring at the 1:09 mark.
For the game, the Green and White owned a huge 42-8 bulge in shots while the Spartans also collected 18 ground balls to the Pacers’ eleven. York, who recorded their first three assists of the 2009 campaign, also snagged 14-of-19 draw controls, which helped the Spartans dominate in time of possession.
Bell’s five came on ten shots while she also added an assist, four ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Foy notched four times, for the second consecutive game, as she now leads the Spartans with 12 goals on the year. The junior captain also posted an assist, four draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Kerrigan and Doak scored three and two goals respectively with Doak tallying one assist while sophomore defender Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) collected a game-high five ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) takes the win in the Spartan net, making four saves over her 60 minutes of work.
Sodl and McKeown notched one goal apiece as Sodl also registered a ground ball and a draw control. Jennifer Sylvestri collected a team-high three ground balls while Mary-Christine Vignola picked up two off the Spartan turf. Alanna Waldron procured two draw controls for the Pacers. Katie Sullivan receives the loss in the Marywood cage as she made 15 saves over 60 minutes.
The Green and White return to action on Tuesday, March 10, as Messiah visits Kinsley Field. The non-conference contest is slated for a 4:00 pm start.
Megan Bell photo courtesy of Scott Guise