YORK, PA – It took over 71 minutes to decide a winner in the battle of the top two teams in the Capital Athletic Conference standings on Wednesday in York. The sixth-ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls got a Gabby Mongno goal with 19 seconds left in the second overtime to edge the ninth-ranked York College Spartans 10-9. The Sea Gulls now have the inside track to the top seed in the upcoming CAC tournament.
Final Score: #9 York (Pa.) 9, #6 Salisbury 10
Records: York (Pa.) 10-5 (4-1), Salisbury 13-2 (4-1)
Shots: York 28, SAL 31
Shots on Goal: York 22, SAL 22
Ground Balls: York 18, SAL 19
Turnovers: York 15, SAL 15
Clears: York 20-for-21, SAL 16-for-20
Draw Controls: York 9, SAL 15
Free Position Shots: York 2-for-6, SAL 1-for-1
Saves: York 12, SAL 13
How It Happened:
• The Spartans raced out a quick start as they took an early 3-0 lead. Hayley McCormick opened the scoring followed by goals from Caitlin Rankin and Meghan Fox as York carried the play in the opening ten minutes of the game. To the surprise of no one, the Sea Gulls answered back with goals from Gianna Demato and Gabby Mongno in a three minutes stretch midway through the half. York pushed the lead to 4-2 with a Fox goal at the 13:34 mark. The Sea Gulls closed the half with goals from Demato and Emma Skoglund to tie the game at four. Skoglund's goal came with just 1:34 left in the first half.
• The second half saw the Spartans again get off to a good start with goals from Devin Hursey and Rankin to put York up 6-4. Salisbury again answered with a trio of goals to take a 7-6 lead. That would be a short-lived lead as York ripped off three straight goals of their own to take a 9-7 lead with 9:10 left in regulation. Salisbury tied the game with two goals over the next five minutes of the game as Skoglund knotted the game at nine with a free position goal with 4:49 left in regulation. Salisbury's Courtney Fegan threw a shot on goal at the 2:24 mark but Abby Smith made the stop to preserve the tie. The Spartans got a shot near the end of regulation but it was a routine save for Skye Graham as the teams headed to overtime.
• The first overtime was choppy as both teams had a shot on goal. The Spartan shot came from Fox on a free position chance that Graham saved. Salisbury saw Taylor Poore get a shot on goal that was saved by Smith with 17 seconds left in the extra session.
• York had the first scoring chance in the second overtime as Rankin had a shot on goal with 3:08 left in the period. The Spartans picked up a yellow card with 1:14 left in the second overtime and the Sea Gulls converted as Mongno got the man-advantage tally with 19 seconds left.
Meghan Fox: 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover
Caitlin Rankin: 3 goals, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers, 1-for-2 FPS
Devin Hursey: 1 goal, 2 assists, 1-for-1 FPS
Hayley McCormick: 1 goal, 1 assist
Nicole Clauter: 4 ground balls, 2 draw controls
Claudia DiVenti: 2 ground balls, 4 draw controls
Sea Gull Leaders:
Gianna Demato: 4 goals, 2 ground balls
Emma Skoglund: 2 goals, 1-for-1 FPS
Gabby Mongno: 2 goals, 1 caused turnover, 1 ground ball
Courtney Fegan: 1 goal, 5 draw controls
Martha Hutzell: 3 ground balls, 5 draw controls
Abby Smith (YCP): 71:41 minutes played, 10 goals against, 12 saves (Loss, 10-5)
Skye Graham (SAL): 71:41 minutes played, 9 goals against, 13 saves (Win, 13-2)
The Spartans have lost three straight against Salisbury in the series … York was held below double digits in goals for just the second time this year … the loss snaps the Spartans' season-high five game win streak … the Spartans are now 1-5 against teams ranked in the IWLCA coaches poll … however after closer inspection of those losses, four of those five losses are by one goal and the one that wasn't came at #1 Gettysburg … the stats couldn't have been more even in the game as the Gulls had a three shot advantage in total shots while both teams had 22 shots on goal … both teams had 15 turnovers and Salisbury held a slight 19-18 edge in ground balls … the Sea Gulls did hold a 15-9 margin in draw controls … York was called for four yellow cards while the Sea Gulls had just one … Salisbury tallied a pair of man-up goals in the game.
The Spartans close out their Capital Athletic Conference campaign on Saturday with a crucial contest at nationally ranked Mary Washington as the game will be for second place in the CAC. The Eagles and Spartans both enter the game with one loss to Salisbury while the Spartans have one more win as UMW has two CAC games remaining while York has just one.