Bad Second Half Dooms Spartans in Dallas

Bad Second Half Dooms Spartans in Dallas

DALLAS, TX – The York College women’s lacrosse squad dropped a crushing 15-14 result to Lycoming College in the opening game of the Spartans’ 2010 spring break trip to Dallas, Texas. The Warriors tallied eleven second-half goals to capture their first win of the season (1-2) while the Green and White fall to an identical 1-2 mark.

The first half proved a relatively tame 30 minutes as the squads combined for a mere 10 goals in the frame. York would get the better of the first stanza scoreboard, getting out to a 6-4 lead at the break. Spartan sophomores Meaghan Doak (Pylesville, Md./Harford Tech) and Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) each tallied twice in that first half.

However, the story of the contest proved to be the second period as both teams exploded offensively, notching 19 scores between the two squads.

York began the frame by scoring three of the first four goals, stretching their lead to a solid 9-5 advantage with 23:52 to play.

Despite that advantage, the undaunted Warriors began to chip away at the Spartan lead. Megan McIntyre and Sammi Jo Bell netted back-to-back tallies a mere 30 seconds apart to begin the Lycoming onslaught.

After Spartan score by White to make the game 10-7 York with 23:05 to play, the Warriors officially got back into the contest with three straight tallies to knot the score at 10. Justine Titko scored two goals within 28 seconds before Grace Gargiulo evened the count at 10 with 17:50 remaining.

The Green and White quickly regained the lead just 24 seconds later as senior captain Meg Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) put the Spartans up one with 17:26 to play.

However, that lead would prove the final advantage the Spartans would hold. Lycoming embarked on a 5-3 run over the rest of the non-conference tilt to solidify their triumph.

The Warriors’ Ashley Collins tied the game at 11 with 16:42 left, before Titko gave Lycoming their first lead of the game less than a minute later.

Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) helped the Spartans hang on as she tied the game at 12 with 15:13 remaining.

Lycoming regained their lead within 45 seconds as McIntyre tallied once again and the Warriors never looked back.

For the game, the Spartans outshot Lycoming by a significant 34-23 margin. The squads tied in ground balls with 14 each while York turned the ball over only 12 times to the Warriors’ 16.

Lycoming spread out their offensive output as four players each tallied three times. Bell had a great game for the Warriors as she registered not only three goals, but she also added an assist, two ground balls, six draw controls, and a caused turnover. Brittany Bryan recorded the victory in the cage as she made 12 saves over her 60 minutes.

The Spartans had three players notch three scores each as Kanzler, White, and Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) did so against the Warriors. Senior Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) collected four draw controls and two caused turnovers. The most glaring statistics however proved York’s lack of ability to score on free position attempts as well as snag draw controls. The Spartans went a poor 2-for-7 in free position shots while also grabbing a mere eight of the 28 total draw controls.

The Green and White will look to get back into the win column quickly as they hit the field again tomorrow. York takes on host Dallas in a 5:00 p.m. tilt for the Spartans final game of their spring break excursion.


Photo: Ashley Kanzler scored three goals in the contest against Lycoming on Wednesday