YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse squad took the field for the first time since March 8 thanks to the weather. The Spartans showed a little rust early but then got rolling as they defeated SUNY Oswego 12-5 in a non-conference contest on a sunny Sunday afternoon in York.
#9 York: 4-1
SUNY Oswego: 1-2
Shots: York 41, Oswego 16
Shots on Goal: York 32, Oswego 12
Saves: York 7, Oswego 20
Draw Controls: York 16, Oswego 3
Ground Balls: York 21, Oswego 14
Turnovers: York 16, Oswego 19
Caused Turnovers: York 12, Oswego 11
Free Position Shots: York 4-for-9, Oswego 1-for-3
Fouls: York 25, Oswego 21
How it Happened:
• The Spartans got off to an extremely slow start as they showed some rust after not having played a game in 11 days. After peppering the Oswego goal in the first 10 minutes of the game, York finally found the back of the net on a Meghan Fox goal off a pass from Rachel Saks with 15:58 left in the half. Fox's goal broke the seal as that would kick start a four goal Spartan run that covered 3:44 of game time. Jordan Cassella, Regan Cook, and Kayleigh Phillips followed with goals as the Green and White pushed out to a 4-0 lead.
• Oswego scored two of the next three goals of the game as York led 5-2 with 4:58 left in the opening half. Toni Laneve scored both goals for the Lakers as they sandwiched a Hayley McCormick goal. McCormick's goal was her first collegiate tally.
• The Spartans came roaring out of the halftime intermission as the Green and White ripped off three goals in the opening 4:23 of the second half to take a 12-2 lead. Cook, Devin Hursey, and McCormick tallied the goals for York. The Spartans would not score the rest of the way as head coach Jen Muston got quality time for her reserves.
• The Lakers scored the final three goals of the game as Gemma O'Kane and Teresa Shattuck, twice, scored for Oswego. Spartan goalie Abby Smith made a number of point-blank stops late in the game to keep the Lakers from getting any closer.
Regan Cook: 3 goals, 2 ground balls, 1 draw control, 1-for-1 free position
Meghan Fox: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 3 draw controls, 1 caused turnover
Hayley McCormick: 2 goals, 4 ground balls, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover
Rachel Saks: 2 assists
Nicole Clauter: 5 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
Teresa Shattuck: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers
Toni Laneve: 2 goals, 1 ground ball
Gemma O'Kane: 1 goal, 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
Danielle Walker: 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
Charlotte Wright (YCP): 30:00 minutes, 2 goals against, 1 save (Win, 4-1)
Abby Smith (YCP): 30:00 minutes, 3 goals against, 6 saves
Angela Ponto (OSW): 60:00 minutes, 12 goals against, 20 saves (Loss, 1-2)
Today's game was the first between the two programs … York is now 3-0 all-time against SUNY affiliated schools … the game was a tale of two halves as the Spartans dominated the first half, holding statistical advantages in shots (27-6), ground balls (10-4), draw controls (10-2), and turnovers (3-7) … the numbers in the second half were more even as the Spartans substituted liberally in the second 30 minutes of play ... York's four free position goals matched a season-high while their nine attempts were a season high for the Green and White … York's 16 draw controls were a new season-high, besting the previous best of 13 (vs. Dickinson and at F&M) … York's 21 ground balls were a new season-high … the Spartans 12 caused turnovers were a season-high … the 41 shots were a season-high as were the 32 shots on goal … freshman Regan Cook tied her career-high with three goals, matching her previous high she set against Haverford … the reigning CAC Defensive Player of the Week Nicole Clauter set a new career-high with three caused turnovers while she also had five draw controls and two ground balls … Clauter is fifth in the CAC in draw controls but she has also played three less games than the leaders … York has 64 draw controls in five games while their opponents have just 24 draw controls … York is now 12-for-28 (42.9%) in free position shots for the year.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they head to Gettysburg to take on the nationally ranked Bullets in a battle of top ten squads. The first draw is scheduled for 4:00 pm.