YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team had a banner day on Saturday as they secured the second seed in the upcoming Capital Athletic Conference tournament courtesy of a 13-7 league win over Christopher Newport on beautiful Saturday in York.
The Spartans improve to 12-4 overall and 6-1 in the league to secure the second seed. CNU falls to 9-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
The game started off a frenetic pace as the Spartans fired off six straight shots to start the game. However, it was the Captains who struck first as Catie Chess found the back of the next on consecutive shots less than 40 seconds apart, giving the Captains the early 2-0 lead.
The Spartans tied the game with goals from Katelyn Cattrano (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) and Castle. Cattrano's goal came off a CNU turnover as Jayme Verman (York, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) found Cattrano in transition for the goal. Castle snuck a shot inside the right post at 23:42, tying the game at two.
In the game of back-and-forth, CNU's Carly Wilson found the back of the net on a free position shot from the top of the arc, giving the Captains a 3-2 lead at the 22:08 mark. Verman answered just under three minutes later with a nice one-on-one move with a goal.
The Captains scored their fourth goal on their fourth shot as they took a 4-3 lead on Kylie Chaplin tally in front of the net with 18:44 left in the half. Freshman Lily Damalouji (Prince Frederick, Md./Calvert) took little time in tying the game at four when she scored 37 second later. Fellow freshman Melissa Meehling (Monkton, Md./Hereford) gave York a 5-4 lead thanks to a great individual effort and shot with 13:55 left in the half.
Chess and Wilson went back-to-back as the Captains recaptured the lead, 6-5. Damalouji scored on a beautiful pass from Katie Owens (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) off an Owen's draw control to tie the game just ten seconds after Wilson's free position goal.
Meaghan Galvin gave the Captains their final lead of the game when she scored her 43rd goal of the year with 6:25 left in the half. The Spartans closed out the half with three straight goals including a Damalouji goal at the halftime horn to give York a 9-7 lead the intermission.
The second half couldn't have been any different from the first as the Spartans pitched a second half shutout. Junior goalie Rachel Donovan (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) was brilliant in relief of starter Charlotte Wright (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa). Donovan recorded one save late in the first half and then notched three more saves in the second half to back a stellar Spartan defense.
Damalouji had a big day to lead the balanced Spartan offense as the freshman had four goals and one assist for five points. Verman added three points on two goals and one assist while she also had three draw controls and was 1-for-1 on free position. Castle, Meehling, and Cattrano each had two goals while Allison Kolacy (Rockaway, N.J./Morris Knolls) dished out two assists for the Spartans.
Dougherty was a rock on defense as she had six draw controls, four caused turnovers, and a ground ball. Owens was also outstanding as she had five draw controls, two ground balls, and two caused turnovers while he also had an assist.
Chess led the Captains as she poured in three goals on just four shots. Wilson added two goals as both tallies came on free position shots. Galvin added two points on a goal and an assist while she also had four ground balls. Kirsten Mendelsohn led the Captains with six ground balls.
Donovan earned the win in goal for York as she shutout the Captains over the final 32:23 of the game with four saves. Wright allowed seven goals with no saves in her 27:37 of work.
Hanna Slough suffered the loss in net for the Captains as she allowed 13 goals. Slough made 12 saves for CNU.
The Spartans outshot the Captains 43-17 while they also held a 20-13 margin in ground balls. York was dominant on the draw as the Green and White won 15 of the 21 draw controls. York also did a fantastic job of taking care of the ball as they committed just seven turnovers in the game. York forced the Captains into 14 miscues in the game.
The game also marked the celebration for the 10th Anniversary of the Spartan women's lacrosse program. A number of former Spartans came back to enjoy the halftime festivities.
The Green and White will return to action a week from today when they host one of the two CAC Tournament semifinals. The opponent and game time will be determined later this week.
Senior photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications