YORK, PA – Senior Megan Bell
(Westminster, Md./Francis Scott Key) notched six goals on
Saturday to lead the York College women’s lacrosse team to a
16-10 Senior Day victory over visiting Wesley College. The Capital
Athletic Conference triumph improves the Spartans’ 2009 mark
to 7-8 (2-4 CAC) while the Wolverines drop to 6-9 (0-7 CAC).
Bell evenly distributed her six goals as she tallied three in each frame. Bell’s six up her season total to 31 on the year, just two behind team-leader Megan Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North).
Aside from her offensive prowess, York’s all-time leader in ground balls and draw controls added five and six more, both game-highs, respectively. The senior captain was all over the field for the Green and White as she also caused a game-best three caused turnovers.
Freshman Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) also got in on the Senior Day action as she totaled five scores, including a pair of back-to-back tallies.
The Spartans secured a 3-0 lead by the 20:10 mark of the first half as it looked as if the Green and White would run away with the contest. Kanzler kicked-off the three-goal spurt before Whitney Kendall (Sandy Spring, Md./Sherwood) and Bell followed with their first scores of the afternoon.
York would not be able to pull far away however, as Wesley tallied twice at the 17:49 and 15:47 marks respectively. Stephanie Bailey and Jade Martin notched the Wolverine goals as Bell sandwiched her second of the day between the pair.
Kanzler recorded her first back-to-back goals of the afternoon with goals at 14:49 and 5:21 marks of the opening frame. Kanzler’s two gave York a 6-2 advantage.
The Wolverines and Spartans would trade scores in the latter portion of the half, including Bell’s third with a mere 28 seconds left, and head into the break with a 7-3 score line.
With just over 24 minutes remaining in the game, the Spartans found themselves up by an 8-5 count. Sophomore Katie Bowers (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) began another three-goal run by the Green and White. Bowers notched her fifth of the season with 24:02 to play while Kanzler registered second back-to-back effort with goals at 22:19 and 20:39. The trio of scores opened up a seemingly comfortable 11-5 Spartan lead.
That comfort would quickly evaporate however, as the visitors posted four straight goals over a mere 2:12 span. Bailey capped the offensive burst with her fourth of the contest with 16:40 to play as the Wolverines slashed the lead to a mere two at 11-9.
The Spartans dashed any hopes of a Wolverine comeback over the game’s final 14:00 minutes scoring five goals to Wesley’s one. Bell came up big over those final minutes as she registered all three of her second half scores during that span.
For the contest, York held a 29-20 lead in shots and a 17-14 advantage in ground balls. The Spartans also secured 18 draw controls to Wesley’s nine.
Senior goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) picked up the win in the Spartan cage, the 31st of her career, making six saves. Kendall contributed to the offensive effort with two scores while Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) captured four ground balls and four draw controls.
Bailey recorded a team-high four goals to pace the Wolverine offense. As with York’s Bell, Bailey was also all over the field as she notched four draw controls, three ground balls, and two caused turnovers. Martin and Leslie Cervenka each added two scores for the visitors. Farryn Kauffman takes the loss in the cage as she posted fives saves over her 60 minutes of work.
The victory gives the Green and White solid momentum heading into their last regular season game on Wednesday, April 15, against Marymount. Game time for the CAC clash is set for 4:30 pm.
Megan Bell photo courtesy of Scott Guise