NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The fifth-ranked Christopher Newport Captains used a big second half to slide by #16 York College 4-2 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Saturday night in Newport News, Virginia. The Spartans have now lost back-to-back games to a pair of top eight teams.
Records: #16 York 11-4 (3-2 CAC), #5 CNU 15-1 (6-0 CAC)
Shots: York 9, CNU 13
Shots on Goal: York 6, CNU 11
Penalty Corners: York 4, CNU 4
Saves: York 7, CNU 4
How It Happened
• The Spartans got the scoring started early as junior Lindsay Nye fired the opening salvo just 5:40 into the game. Nye took a loose ball and hit a rocket from the top of the circle on the run to put the Green and White up 1-0. The goal was Nye's fifth of the year.
• The Captains nearly got on the board in the 16th minute on an Alexa Weaver shot but Spartan senior captain Kenidy Kubitz recorded a defensive save to keep the Captains off the board.
• CNU finally broke through and tied the game in the 22nd minute as Madison Doss deflected a Rachael Allshouse shot for the goal. The goal was Doss's eighth of the year and tied the game at one with just over 13 minutes left in the first half.
• The Captains held the first half advantage in shots 7-2 as all nine first half shots were on goal.
• York came out of the break and fired off the first three shots of the second half as they looked to break out on top to start the stanza. However, it was the Captains who found the mark 7:07 into the second half as Courtnie Greene weaved through the Spartan defense and buried a shot from the right side of the circle to give CNU the 2-1 lead. The goal was Greene's fifth of the year.
• The Captains struck again just over six minutes later as Allshouse threw another shot towards the cage that was deflected into the goal by Ariana Samuel for her second goal of the year.
• CNU put the game out of reach with an Alexa Weaver penalty stroke goal with just over 13 minutes left in the game to push their lead to 4-1. The goal was Weaver's third of the year.
• The Spartans closed out the scoring with 41 seconds in regulation as Autumn Mallory put home a shot from the left side of the circle. The goal was Mallory's conference-leading 16th of the year.
Autumn Mallory: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal
Lindsay Nye: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Kenidy Kubitz: 1 defensive save
Ali Posey: 2 shots on goal
Courtnie Greene: 1 goal, 2 shots, 1 shot on goal, 1 defensive save
Alexa Weaver: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal
Ariana Samuel: 1 goal, 1 shot on goal
Madison Doss: 1 goal 2 shots on goal
Rachael Allshouse: 2 assists, 1 shot on goal
Sam Keating (YCP): 70:00 minutes played, 4 goals against, 6 saves (Loss, 0-1)
Stephanie McKinney (CNU) 70:00 minutes played, 2 goals against, 3 saves (Win, 15-1)
The Spartans are now 2-3 against the Captains as the teams have alternated wins … the home team has won all five games in the series … senior Autumn Mallory notched her 100th career point on her second half goal … Mallory (101 points) joins Jaclyn Russell (136 points), Ali Posey (118 points) and April McFarland (115 points) as the only four Spartans to reach 100 career points in the history of the program … Mallory now has 101 points on 46 goals and nine assists … sophomore Sam Keating made her first collegiate start in the game as she recorded a career-high six saves in the loss … junior Lindsay Nye recorded her 35th career goal which ranks her eight on the Spartans' all-time list … Mallory continues to lead the CAC in scoring with 34 points and in goals with 16 … Christopher Newport has secured the top seed in the upcoming CAC tournament … York has secured the third seed in the tournament and will travel to second seeded Salisbury in the CAC Semifinals on Wednesday, November 1 … three of York's four losses have come to nationally ranked squads (#1 Messiah, #8 Salisbury, #5 CNU).
The Spartans continue their season-ending three-game road trip with a trek to Lancaster, PA to face former head coach Kaitlyn Hamilton and her Franklin & Marshall Diplomats. The Diplomats are the third consecutive nationally ranked team the Spartans will face in a row as F&M is ranked 13th. Game time in Lancaster is set for 7:00 pm.