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#3 Washington and Lee Edges #7 Spartans in Top Ten Thriller

Nicole Clauter photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography
Nicole Clauter photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography

YORK, PA – The seventh ranked York College women's lacrosse suffered their second straight loss to a top five team as the #3 Washington and Lee Generals outlasted the Spartans 13-12 in a non-conference contest at Kinsley Field on a sunny Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans dropped a 15-10 decision at #1 Gettysburg on Wednesday afternoon. Spartan senoir Nicole Clauter became the Spartans' all-time leader in draw controls in the loss. 

Game #8

Final Score: #7 York (Pa.) 12, #3 Washington and Lee 13

Records: York (Pa.) 5-3, Washington and Lee 7-2

Shots: York 32, WLU 21

Shots on Goal: York 21, WLU 19

Ground Balls: York 13, WLU 14

Turnovers: York 14, WLU 12

Clears: York 16-for-20, MC 17-for-8

Draw Controls: York 15, WLU 12

Free Position Shots: York 3-for-7, WLU 3-for-4

Saves: York 6, WLU 9

Fouls: York 20, WLU 28

 

How It Happened:

• After a slow first five minutes of play, the scoring pace ramped up quickly. The Generals' Haley Tucker opened the scoring 5:14 into the game is she drove right down the middle of the fan and finished a shot on the doorstep to put Washington and Lee up 1-0. The Spartans answered with a trio of goals kicked off with Meghan Fox going against a trio of General defenders and finishing to tie the game at one 38 seconds after Tucker's goal. Freshman Celly Arthur notched back-to-back goals as the Spartans led 3-1 with 21 minutes left in the first half.

• The Generals answered by scoring four of the next five goals of the game as they took a 5-4 lead with 13:34 left in the half. Senior Skye Slater started a three-goal spurt for the Green and White as York took a 7-5 lead. Fox scored the other two goals on the run as the Spartans seized control of the see-saw game for a three-minute stretch. The Generals once again had an answer as they scored four of the final five goals of the half to take a 9-8 lead to the intermission.

• York had a big advantage in first half shots, 21-10 but General goalie Elliot Gilbert recorded five saves. Conversely, the Generals put all 10 of their first half shots on goal with nine finding the back of the cage.

• The second half scoring pace slowed dramatically. Katherine Faria opened the second half scoring 5:12 into the half. Fox answered with her fifth goal of the game just over a minute and a half later. Washington and Lee's Dani Murray scored off a pass from a Tucker free position pass as Murray cut to the goal and put home a shot, increasing the General lead to 11-9. Regan Cook answered with a free position goal with 17:12 left in the game but the Generals got back-to-back goals from Tucker as the Washington and Lee lead was 13-10 with just over ten minutes remaining in the game.

• Cook tried to get the Spartans back into the game with a free position goal at the 6:13 mark followed by a give-and-go from Devin Hursey with 4:23 left in the game. After Washington and Lee had a shot blocked with 37 seconds left, Hursey picked up the ground ball and raced to midfield. She flipped a pass ahead as time was dwindling. The Spartans got a shot off that was wide and got a chance at a second shot but turned the ball over as the Generals killed off the final four seconds of the game to pick up the big win.

 

Spartan Leaders:

Meghan Fox: 5 goals, 1 ground ball

Regan Cook: 3 goals, 1 assist, 2-for-3 free position shots

Devin Hursey: 4 assists, 2 ground balls

Nicole Clauter: 9 draw controls, 2 ground balls

 

General Leaders:

Haley Tucker: 7 goals, 3 assists, 5 draw controls, 2-for-2 free position shots, 2 ground balls

Katherin Faria: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1-for-1 free position shots, 1 caused turnover

Dani Murray: 2 goals

Caitlin Anderson: 5 draw controls

 

Goalie Comparison

Abby Smith (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 13 goals allowed, 6 saves (Loss, 5-3)  

Elliot Gilbert (WLU): 60:00 minutes played, 12 goals against, 9 saves (Win, 6-1)  

 

Notes:

The win for the Generals is the first in the three-game series … the Spartans had won the previous two meetings with both games coming in the NCAA Tournament … last year the Spartans bested the Generals 10-3 in the second round of the tournament in York … Senior Nicole Clauter picked up nine draw controls as she became the Spartans' all-time leader in the category as she now has 268 draw controls … Clauter passed former Spartan great Leah Schultz who had totaled 264 draw controls during her four-year career (2010-2013) … Clauter leads the Capital Athletic Conference with 52 draw controls in eight games … the Spartans now have six players in double figures in scoring led by Meghan Fox as she has 37 points on 31 goals and six assists … Devin Hursey leads the Spartans in assists with 15 after she dished out four on Saturday … freshman Celly Arthur joined the double figures scoring group with her two goals on Saturday … the Spartan offense reached double figures for the eighth time this year … York went 3-for-7 in free position shots, tying their second highest total on free position shots in a game for the year … the Spartans had just 13 ground balls and have totaled just 25 in their last two games … York's 15 draw controls ties their second-highest total of the year … York went 12-for-13 in the clear, their second best clear percentage of the year (14-for-15 against Washington) … York finished with a season-low 65.6% of their shots being on goal … two of York's three losses have come by one goal.

 

Up Next

The road doesn't get any easier for the Spartans as they will look to snap their two game losing streak against #6 Middlebury on Wednesday afternoon at Kinsley Field. First draw is set for 4:30 pm.