No. 7 York Powers Past FSU With 22 Goals

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team jumped on Frostburg State University early to cruise to a 22-4 victory on Wednesday evening at Kinsley Field in Capital Athletic Conference play. It was the third time in consecutive games that the Spartans scored at least 21 goals, matching the second-most scored in a game in school history. Regan Cook led the way with six points on three goals and three assists, Caitlin Rankin added four goals and an assist, and Melissa Meehling dished a career-high three assists to go along with her two goals.

Game #13

Final Score: #7 York 22, FSU 4

Records: #7 York 10-3, 5-1 CAC, FSU 5-9-1, 2-5 CAC

Shots: York 34, FSU 12

Shots on Goal: York 29, FSU 11

Saves: York 7, FSU 7

Draw Controls: York 15, FSU 12

Ground Balls: York 16, FSU 6

Turnovers: York 7, FSU 11

Caused Turnovers: York 8, FSU 4

Fouls: York 10, FSU 7

Free Position Shots: York 1-for-6, FSU 0-for-3

How it Happenend

• York, eager to continue its five-game win streak, scored in the first minute of the game. Melissa Meehling scored the opening goal, the first point in another career evening for the senior. She would finish with five points, a career high, on a pair of goals and three assists, the most in her career. Less than 2:30 in, Hayley McCormick circled around the net and found a streaking Regan Cook for the goal to double the lead. Cook scored again, just over a minute later, taking a pass from Devin Hursey, who was named the Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her nine-assist performance – a school record – last week against St. Mary's. In the first six minutes of the game, the Spartans had six goals after Kayleigh Phillips scored twice and Meghan Fox added another. Meehling fed Caitlin Rankin for Rankin's first of four goals, matching the most she's scored in her career. She would assist on Jordan Conley's goal late in the first half to finish with a career-high five points.

• For York's eighth goal of the game, Alyssa Rankin sprinted through the zone, passed to Cook at the goal-line extended, who whipped a pass to a cutting Meehling for the goal. With 17:29 left, Hursey made it 10-0 on a free-position attempt. She calmly carried the ball across the goalie's face and then shot above her for the goal. Hursey now has 13 free-position goals, the most on the team. Juliana Greco also notched a goal in the first half, helping the Spartans to a commanding 15-1 lead at the halftime break.

• The Bobcats scored the first goal of the second half, just 28 seconds in, but Rankin and Madison Marciniak would respond with goals. Marciniak's was a highlight-reel finish, slicing through the defense near the crease, spinning to avoid other defenders and move the goalie out of position before calmly throwing it into the open net. She scored another with 17:32 to play to give York an 18-3 lead. Phillips, Conley and Greco would score again and Baleigh Bradley also finished one to cap a dominating 22-4 win.

Spartan Leaders:

Regan Cook: 3 goals, 3 assists, 3 shots

Caitlin Rankin: 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Melissa Meehling: 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 shots, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Kayleigh Phillips: 3 goals, 3 shots, 4 draw controls, 2 ground balls

Bobcat Leaders:

Morgan Cavey: 2 goals, 6 shots, 2 draw controls, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Summer Cavey: 1 goal, 2 shots, 3 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Molly Biggers: 1 goal, 1 shot

Goalie Comparison:

Charlotte Wright (YCP): 21:57 minutes played, 0 goals against, 5 saves (W, 10-3)

Abby Smith (YCP): 38:03 minutes played, 4 goals against, 2 saves

Abigail McClure (FSU): 60:00 minutes played, 22 goals against, 7 saves (L, 3-6)

Game Notes:

York is now 11-2 all-time against the Bobcats … the Spartans have won the last 11 meetings with FSU … Melissa Meehling set a career high with five points and three assists … Caitlin Rankin finished with a career-high five points … her four goals matched her best … Jordan Conley matched a career high with two goals … Regan Cook dished out three assists for the second time in her career … Meghan Fox, York's leading goal scorer, caused two turnovers, matching a career high … Juliana Greco scored a career-high two goals and added an assist for a career-high three points … Madison Marciniak had three points to match her career best … York won its sixth straight game … in three consecutive games, York has scored at least 21 goals, the first time that's been done in school history … the Spartans have combined to outscore their opponents 65-26 … York's 22 goals in tied for the second-most ever.

Up Next:

York rounds out its three-game home stand on Friday against No. 2 Gettysburg. First draw with the Bullets is set for 4 p.m. at Kinsley Field. The Spartans are 1-4 all-time against Gettysburg, and have lost the last two meetings, including a 9-5 loss last season.