Spartans Fall to Mustangs in CAC Opener

STEVENSON, MD – The York College women’s lacrosse team suffered their second loss of the year Wednesday, falling to Capital Athletic Conference foe Stevenson University, 17-9. The Spartans, who have lost both of their games on the road, now stand at 0-2 (0-1 CAC) while the Mustangs improve to 2-0 (2-0 CAC).
      The hosts came out firing as they hung three goals on the Spartans within the contest’s first 5:20. Kristyna Hnizda, Megan Weiss, and Lisa Baker all notched tallies while Lauren Zegowitz recorded an assist on Hnizda’s opening goal.
      York’s Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) put her squad on the board with a score at the 24:30 mark of the first frame. After winning the draw control following Baker’s score, the Spartan captain raced down the field and abruptly slotted home her second goal of the year.
      Stevenson quickly answered Foy’s score with two of their own, courtesy of Zegowitz. Taking just 47 seconds off the clock following Foy’s tally, Zegowitz finished an unassisted attempt. Nearly five minutes later Zegowitz finished again, this time on a free-position shot.
      Down 5-1, Foy and sophomore Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) brought the Spartans back to within two at the 13:27 mark of the first. Foy’s third and Kerrigan’s first of the year cut the Mustang lead to 5-3.
      Nearly four minutes later, Stevenson went on a brief 2-0 run to restore their four-goal margin at 7-3. Kristin Gancarz and Mandi Carr each notched their first of the game at the 9:38 and 8:37 marks respectively. Once again Zegowitz was involved as she assisted on Gancarz’s goal.
      Junior defender Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) added a tally to the Spartans’ side of the board with 7:01 left, but her goal was answered by Stevenson’s Baker two-and-a-half minutes later.
      Senior midfielder Megan Bell (Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) brought the York side to within three once again at 8-5 with only 1:27 remaining in the frame. Stevenson then quickly dashed any momentum Bell’s goal had given the Spartans with a tally just 19 seconds later. Zegowitz was once again the culprit as she tallied her fifth point of the half on an unassisted goal.
      The Mustangs opened the second frame with a 5-0 run to go up by a 14-5 margin. Beginning with a Baker goal at the 24:13 mark, the hosts posted the spurt over an 11:20 period. Within that time, Baker added another score, Weiss scored on two occasions, and Zegowitz tallied for the fourth time.
      York’s Vrana added two more goals for the Green and White, while Kerrigan and Bell each notched their second of the game with less than ten minutes to go in the contest.
Stevenson would tack on three more after their 5-0 run, including two from Baker to secure the 17-9 victory.
      The Mustangs held a 38-19 advantage in shots for the game while they also bested the Spartans 20-18 in ground balls. Stevenson owned a 17-11 lead in draw controls but the York side did fair much better in the second frame, nabbing six to the Mustang’s seven.
      Baker led the scoring with six goals on the day while she also tallied an assist. Zegowitz added four goals and a pair of helpers while she also won three draw controls and collected two ground balls. Weiss posted three goals and Carr two, as she also picked up four draw controls and three ground balls. Jenny Schroeder takes the win the Mustang cage as she made six saves.
      Vrana led the Spartans with a trio of goals while adding two draw controls and two ground balls from her defensive position. Three Spartans, Bell, Foy, and Kerrigan, each notched two goals in the contest. Bell also collected six draw controls and six ground balls to lead the Green and White. Senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) is saddled with the loss in York’s net as she foiled ten Mustang attempts.
      York will remain in conference play for the next contest, traveling to #3 Salisbury University this Saturday. The CAC tilt is slated for noon.


Photo of Spartan senior captain Megan Bell