Ten-Goal Second Half Pushes St. Mary's Passed Spartans

YORK, PA – The York College women’s lacrosse team dropped their fourth game in a row Saturday afternoon as #16 St. Mary’s (Md.) bounced the Spartans 16-5 at Kinsley Field. The Green and White now stand at 2-7 and 0-3 in league play while the Seahawks used the triumph to up their season mark to 7-2 and 2-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference.
     Emily Norris led the Seahawk attack with five goals on the day as the senior increased her season total to 19 scores. Fellow senior Lauren Carrier, who notched four scores against the Spartans, continues to lead her squad with 30 tallies in 2009.
      St. Mary’s wasted little time to open the game’s scoring as Nora Fallon-Oben kicked-off the Seahawk barrage only 46 seconds into the contest. Norris backed up Fallon-Oben’s tally with her first of five at the 27:39 mark to bump the Seahawk lead to 2-0.
      The Spartans cut that two-goal lead in half just over one minute later on Molly Kerrigan’s (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) ninth score of her sophomore campaign.
      Unfortunately for the Green and White, their guests would tack on four more in the frame while the Spartans only managed one – an Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) free position goal – with one second remaining on the first half clock.
      The second period saw the Seahawks simply take over the contest as they scored seven goals within the frame’s first 8:20, en route to ten goals in the frame. St. Mary’s commanding lead would allow them to cruise for the remainder of the contest.
      York did make a late 3-0 surge behind two Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) tallies and another from Kanzler, but the effort proved too late for a Spartan comeback.
      For the contest, the Seahawks outshot the Spartans 35-19 while picking up four more ground balls than their hosts, 28-24. The Spartans turned the ball over 26 times as St. Mary’s gave it away on 20 occasions.
      Norris posted a game-high six points on her five goals and one assist while she also won a trio of draw controls. Carrier continues to be a scoring machine for the Seahawks. Her five points came via four goals and one assist for her 37-point total on the year. Midfielder Aubrey Mirkin grabbed seven ground balls for the Seahawks. Freshman goalkeeper Colleen Simpson notched the win, recording seven saves over her 52:46 of work. Jamie Roberts relieved Simpson late in the contest and made one save in 7:34.
      Foy and Kanzler each tallied twice to pace the Spartans’ offensive effort. Foy, who now has a team-high 17 goals on the season, also posted four ground balls, two draw controls, and one caused turnover. Kanzler managed three ground ball pick-ups while causing a team-high three turnovers and going 2-for-2 in free position attempts. Senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) takes the loss as she made 13 saves in her 60 minutes.
      The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, March 25. The Green and White travels to Frostburg St. for a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt against the Bobcats.


Photo courtesy of Scott Guise