Stellar Offensive Play Powers #16 Spartans Past #18 Dickinson

Stellar Offensive Play Powers #16 Spartans Past #18 Dickinson

YORK, Pa. – The No. 16 York College women's lacrosse team used its best offensive performance of the season to earn its third victory over a ranked opponent in a 16-7 win over No. 18 Dickinson College on Wednesday afternoon at Kinsley Field.

Sophomore Jayme Verman (York, Pa. / Lancaster Country Day) had herself a day as she recorded a career-high nine points on three goals and six assists while her six assists tied they single-game school record. In addition to her offensive success, Verman also contributed defensively with career-high totals in ground balls (3) and caused turnovers (3).

As an offensive unit, York (5-2) displayed exceptional passing to open up the shooting lanes and created numerous give-and-go situations. The Spartans recorded assists on 10 of their 18 goals, the highest number of assists since recording 10 in an 18-10 win over Goucher College on February 23, 2013.

The Spartans also showed improved accuracy with season-bests in shot percentage (16-31, 51.6%) and shot-on-goal percentage (28-31, 90.3%).

The game started out in a teeter-totter battle with each team exchanging early blows. York took a 2-0 lead with goals by Verman and Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian) in the first four minutes of the game. Dickinson (4-2) answered back with two goals of its own, courtesy of Carly O'Brien and Sophie Waine who each finished with a pair of goals on the day.

The Spartans broke the game open with four straight goals through the second portion of the first half and took a 6-3 lead into halftime after Waine managed to pick up a goal for the Red Devils in the final of the first half. Brittany Noell (Silver Spring, Md. / Our Lady Of Good Counsel) was responsible for the first three goals on York's four-goal run, while Gina Bieneman (Baltimore, Md. / Institute of Notre Dame) scored the fourth and Verman dished out four of her six assists during the scoring outburst. 

Dickinson threatened early in the second half with a goal coming at 1:56 into the half, but York responded shortly after when freshman Lily Damalouji (Prince Frederick, Md. / Calvert) tallied her 10th goal of the season and started a three-goal run, capped off by Katelyn Cattrano (Manchester, Md. / Manchester Valley) at 4:34 into the second half. Damalouji tacked on another goal late in the game and pushed her team-leading total to 11 on the season.

Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md. / Perry Hall), York's top threat on clear attempts, showed why she is such a reliable force in the transition game when she scooped a ground ball midway through the second half in the defensive zone and went coast-to-coast to score a goal and put York ahead 10-5 with 15:44 left. Strauch's play provided York with a boost of momentum as she gave her team a five-goal lead heading into the later stages of the game. Additionally, the goal by Strauch was the first of her career, while the ground ball pickup was one of eight she collected on the day, good for a new career-high.

The Spartans put the game out of reach when Jordan Cassella (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y. / Comsewogue) scored a decisive man-down goal to put her team up 13-6 in the middle of a six-goal run for York. Kelly Curran (North Massapequa, N.Y. / Plainedge) also contributed with a goal on that run and became the 11th Spartan to record a point on the day.

Karlie Dougherty (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy) once again had a solid performance in the Spartan midfield as she lead the team with six draw controls and collected three ground balls. Macey Yates (Davidsonville, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian) played a key roll in the defensive effort as she scooped up four ground balls and her three caused turnovers set a new career-high.

The Green and White managed to cause 16 of Dickinson's 27 turnovers and held the Red Devils to just 10-for-22 on clear attempts. York finished a stellar 20-for-24 on clear attempts and out-shot the Red Devils 31-16.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they travel to Wesley for a Capital Athletic Conference contest at 1:00 p.m. York's next home game is scheduled for Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. against No. 4 Gettysburg.

Gina Bieneman photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers