Spartans Tally Fifth Win with Victory over Gators

Spartans Tally Fifth Win with Victory over Gators

YORK, PA—The York College women’s lacrosse team notched their second straight win Tuesday with a 19-6 triumph over visiting Notre Dame (Md.). The non-conference win brings the Spartans to an overall record of 5-7 and drops the Gators to 2-7.
     York’s high-scoring offense was lead by junior Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) and freshman Meaghan Doak (Pylesville, Md./Harford Tech) who each scored five goals. Foy and Doak also found ways to get their teammates involved in the scoring as they had three and one assist, respectively.
     The Spartans opened the game with a pair of goals from Doak. She notched her first goal on an assist from Foy 1:29 into the half and found the back of the net again 2:44 later.
     Notre Dame retaliated with three goals from Ashleigh Johnson and Lauren Terry, but Spartan freshman Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) added two goals of her own to keep the Green and White in the lead.
     The Gators notched two more goals in the first half, but it was not enough to keep up with the Spartan offense.
     Foy started her scoring with a tally at 16:10 and added two more in the first period. Doak then beat the goalkeeper again for her third goal of the half. Sophomores Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and Katie Mansell (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake Senior) each tallied a goal and sent the Spartans into halftime with a 10-5 lead.
     The Gators struck first in the second period with a goal from Ashley Demski at the 28:34 mark. Demski’s goal would be Notre Dame’s last, however, as the Spartan defense, led by senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), shut out the Gators for the rest of the game. Feustle tallied two saves in the second half on 19 shots and racked up seven saves over the course of the game.
     Following Demski’s goal, the Green and White put nine more points on the board. Doak and Foy each added two more goals and Kerrigan notched her second of the game. Senior Megan Bell (Westminster Md./Francis Scott Key) tallied a goal at the 16:30 mark for her 22nd goal of the season. Freshman Rachel Klado (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) padded the Spartans’ lead with two scores and junior Courtney Heller (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) notched her first goal of the season to finish out the scoring.
     For the game, the Spartans outshot the Gators 44-18. Gators goalkeeper Amanda Arkwright racked up 16 saves while trying to slow down the Spartans. The Green and White controlled the ball and maintained possession by winning the battles in draw controls (15-12) and ground balls (22-10). The Spartans also limited themselves to 11 turnovers while forcing the Gators into 18 turnovers. York kept their offense moving by successfully clearing 11 times on 15 attempts.
     Foy’s productive day brought her to a season total 31 points on 26 goals and five assists. Doak’s efforts added six points to her season statistics as the Spartans rookie now has ten goals for the season. Kanzler’s pair of goals boosted her to 13 for her freshman campaign.
     The Green and White take the field again on April 4 when they face Mary Washington in a Capital Athletic Conference matchup. Game time is set for 1:00 pm.


Meaghan Doak photo courtesy of Scott Guise

Game story written by Matt Volpe - York College sports information student-intern