ARLINGTON, VA – The York College women's lacrosse team earned an 8-3 Capital Athletic Conference win at Marymount University on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Arlington, VA.
The Spartans, who are ranked tenth in the nation, improve to 7-3 overall while they also improve to 2-1 in the CAC. The Saints fall to 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the league with the setback.
York opened the scoring 3:33 into the game when senior Jenna Hiponia (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) scored a goal off a Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) assist. Freshman Gina Bieneman (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) made it 2-0 just under three minutes later as she notched an unassisted goal for the Green and White.
Marymount got on the board courtesy of a Molly Maher tally with 14:37 remaining in the first half.
York answered with goals from Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Ritchey as the Spartans pushed out to a 4-1 lead. Chelsea Ritter cut the Spartan lead to 4-2 with a goal off a Catina Boster pass with 6:57. However, Hiponia struck again for York with just over five minutes remaining in the first half to give York a 5-2 lead at the break.
The second half was the Stine show as the Spartan sophomore scored all three of York's goals. Stine struck at 23:12, 20:57, and 5:19.
Stine led the Spartan offense with a career-high six points on four goals and two assists. She scored her four goals on just four shots while she also had a ground ball, a draw control and a caused turnover. Hiponia added two goals for York while Ritchey had a goal and an assist for two points.
Maher led the Saints with two goals while Ritter tallied the other goal for Marymount.
Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) earned the win in goal for the Spartans as she made eight saves an only allowed the three goals in her 60 minutes of work.
Tylar Abrams kept the Saints in the game as she registered 18 saves for Marymount. She went the distance in goal as she allowed eight goals in the loss.
The Spartans held a 31-15 advantage in shots while the Saints collected 21 ground balls to 19 for York. The Spartans forced the Saints into 25 turnovers while York won eight of the 13 draw controls in the game.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Washington, D.C. to face the Cardinals in a non-conference contest. Game time at DuFour Field is set for 4:00 pm.