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Hursey's Big Day Powers #8 Spartans Past Denison in Regular Season Finale

Devin Hursey photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Devin Hursey photo courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA – The eighth-ranked York College Spartans women's lacrosse squad ended their regular season with a 17-3 win over Denison in a non-conference contest on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon at Kinsley Field. The Spartans finished the regular season winning seven of their final eight games of the season.

 

Game #17 - Regular Season Finale

Final Score: #8 York (Pa.) 17, Denison 3

Records: York (Pa.) 12-5, Denison 12-4

Shots: York 38, Denison 20

Shots on Goal: York 28, Denison 11

Ground Balls: York 20, Denison 13

Turnovers: York 11, Denison 17

Clears: York 16-for-20, Denison 13-for-16

Draw Controls: York 14, Denison 4

Free Position Shots: York 1-for-5, Denison 0-for-2

Saves: York 8, Denison 11

Fouls: York 13, Denison 19

 

How It Happened:

• The Spartans seized control of the game early as Devin Hursey opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the game off a beautiful feed from Meghan Fox to give York the 1-0 lead. Hursey scored again just under three minutes later as the Green and White led 2-0. The Big Red got a Lindsey Karsh goal at the 23:25 mark, trimming York's lead to 2-1.

• The Spartans then put a stranglehold on the game as they ripped off seven straight goals to give York a commanding 9-1 lead with 3:25 left in the half. Hursey and Caitlin Rankin each scored a pair of goals on the run. Denison closed out the first half scoring with a Liza Franham goal 2:19 before the half.

• The Spartans kept rolling in the second half as Jordan Conley and Fox scored to open the stanza for the Spartans. Hope Adams found the back of the cage for the Big Red to make it 11-3 with 17:07 left in the game. York closed out the contest with a six goal run to provide for the final 17-3 margin of victory.

 

Spartan Leaders:

Devin Hursey: 4 goals, 4 assists, 5 ground balls

Regan Cook: 3 goals, 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Meghan Fox: 3 goals, 2 assists

Hayley McCormick: 1 goal, 1 assist

Claudia DiVenti: 9 draw controls, 3 caused turnovers

Nicole Clauter: 3 draw controls, 1 ground ball, 2 caused turnovers

 

Big Red Leaders:

Hope Adams: 1 goal, 1 ground ball

Lindsey Karsh: 1 goal, 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Liza Farnham: 1 goal, 2 ground balls, 1 ground ball

 

Goalie Comparison

Abby Smith (YCP): 56:37 minutes played, 3 goals against, 8 saves (Win, 12-5)

Riley DiForce (YCP): 3:23 minutes played, 0 goals allowed, 0 saves

Hannah Magarian (DU): 60:00 minutes played, 17 goals allowed, 11 saves (Loss, 12-4)

Notes:

The meeting is the first between the two programs … the Spartan senior class closes out their final regular season with a four-year mark of 55-21 heading into Saturday's CAC Tournament quarterfinal game … junior All-American Meghan Fox finished the regular season with 66 points on 50 goals and 16 assists … Fox is seventh in the CAC in points and third in the league in goals … fellow junior All-American Devin Hursey is second on the team in points with 64 as she has 29 goals and 35 assists … Hursey is fourth in the league in assists and eighth in points … the Spartans have 10 players who have reached double figures in scoring for the year … seniors Nicole Clauter and Claudia DiVenti rank one-two in draw controls in the league as Clauter has 86 while DiVenti has  … DiVenti has 18 draws in her last two games, collecting nine in each game … the Spartans finished the regular season tied with Salisbury for second in the league in goals scored with 236 …. York has captured a league-high 247 draw controls in 17 games … York is third in goals against average at 7.95 while they are second in save percentage at 50.9.

 

Up Next

The Spartans begin postseason play on Saturday afternoon as they host Southern Virginia in the Capital Athletic Conference Quarterfinals. The Spartans are the tournament's second seed while the Knights are the seventh seed in the tournament. First draw is set for 3:00 pm.