#8 Spartans Travel to #6 Salisbury for 2019 CAC Championship

#8 Spartans Travel to #6 Salisbury for 2019 CAC Championship

YORK, PA –After a one year absence, the York College women's lacrosse team returns to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship game. The Spartans are making their sixth championship game appearance as they travel to Salisbury to take on the top seeded Sea Gulls on Saturday in the title match. The game is slated for a 2:00 pm start at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.

 

Records:

#8 York 14-5, 5-1 CAC (#2 Seed)

#6 Salisbury 16-2, 6-0 CAC (#1 Seed)  

 

Scouting the Spartans

Head Coach: Jen Muston – 12th Season (156-68, .697%)

National Ranking: 8th in the IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll

Spartan Offensive Leaders

Meghan Fox: 74 points, 55 goals, 19 assists, 7-for-19 FPS, 25 ground balls, 19 draw controls

Devin Hursey: 68 points, 29 goals, 39 assists, 8-for-13 FPS, 24 ground balls

Regan Cook: 56 points, 45 goals, 11 assists, 6-for-19 FPS, 26 ground balls

Celly Arthur: 37 points, 17 goals, 20 assists, 13 ground balls

Caitlin Rankin: 34 points, 27 goals, 7 assists, 7-for-20 FPS, 25 ground balls

Hayley McCormick: 31 points, 17 goals, 14 assists, 22 ground balls

Spartan Defensive Leaders

Nicole Clauter: 48 ground balls, 24 caused turnovers, 92 draw controls

Claudia DiVenti: 16 caused turnovers, 90 draw controls, 17 ground balls, 1 goal

Alexis Hart: 17 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers, 27 draw controls

Spartan Goalkeeping

Abby Smith: 1006:23 minutes played, 139 goals against, 142 saves, 8.29 goals per game, 50.5% save percentage, Record of 14-5.

 

Scouting the Sea Gulls

Head Coach: Jim Nestor – 18th Season (329-42, .886%)

National Ranking: 6th in the IWLCA Division III Coaches Poll

Sea Gull Offensive Leaders

Alexis Strobel: 76 points, 15 goals, 61 assists, 2-for-4 FPS

Lindsey Wagner: 57 points, 23 goals, 34 assists, 0-for-3 FPS, 12 ground balls

Gabby Mongo: 48 points, 42 goals, 6 assists, 7-for-9 FPS, 10 ground balls, 12 draw controls

Emma Skoglund: 42 points, 42 goals, 6-for-15 FPS, 8 draw controls

Gianna Demato: 39 points, 33 goals, 6 assists, 1-for-5 FPS, 15 ground balls, 14 draw controls

Courtney Fegan: 28 points, 26 goals, 2 assists, 45 draw controls, 11 ground balls

Sea Gull Defensive Leaders

Kendal Bannan: 26 caused turnovers, 30 ground balls, 1 draw control

Taylor Poore: 25 caused turnovers, 16 ground balls, 6 draw controls, 29 points, 24 goals, 5 assists

Anna Wehland: 20 caused turnovers, 31 ground balls

Martha Hutzell: 64 draw controls, 32 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers

Sea Gull Goalkeeping

Skye Graham: 885:56 minutes played, 123 goals against, 8.33 goals against average, 114 saves, 48.1% save percentage, Record of 16-2

 

Capital Athletic Conference Team Rankings

Goals: York 270 (2nd), SAL 258 (T3rd)

Assists: York 149 (1st), SAL 137 (2nd)  

Goals Per Game: York 14.11 (3rd), SAL 14.33 (1st)  

Shots: York 597 (1sT), SAL 530 (4th)

Shots on Goal: York 445 (1st), 405 (5th)  

Free Position Goals/Shots: York 37-for-110 (T4th), SAL 30-for-67 (2nd)

Ground Balls: York 347 (3rd), SAL 326 (T4th)  

Draw Controls: York 281 (1st), SAL 214 (7th)  

Most Turnovers: York 273 (6th), SAL 272 (1st)

Caused Turnovers: York 148 (7th), SAL 192 (1st)

Goals Against: York 151 (3rd), SAL 138 (1st)  

Goals Against Average: York 7.85 (3rd), SAL 7.52 (2nd)  

Saves: York 155 (5th), SAL 134 (6th)  

Save Percentage: York 50.7% (2nd), SAL 49.3% (3rd)  

 

Capital Athletic Conference Individual Rankings (Top 10)

Points

2. Alexis Strobel (SU) – 76

T5. Meghan Fox (YCP) – 74

8. Devin Hursey (YCP) - 68

 

Goals

3. Meghan Fox (YCP) – 55

7. Regan Cook (YCP) – 45

T8. Gabby Mongno (SU) – 42

T8. Emma Skoglund (SU) - 42

 

Assists

1. Alexis Strobel (SU) – 61

4. Devin Hursey (YCP) – 39

T5. Lindsey Wagner (SU) - 34

 

Free Position Goals

T6. Devin Hursey (YCP) – 8 free position goals (8-for-14)

T9. Caitlin Rankin (YCP) – 7 free position goals (7-for-20)

T9. Meghan Fox (YCP) – 7 free position goals (7-for-19)

 

Ground Balls

5. Nicole Clauter (YCP) – 48 ground balls

8. Skye Graham (SU) - 43

 

Draw Controls

1. Nicole Clauter (YCP) – 92 draw controls

2. Claudia DiVenti (YCP) – 90 draw controls

7. Martha Hutzell (SU) – 64 draw controls

 

Caused Turnovers

7. Kendall Bannan (SU) – 26 caused turnovers

8. Taylor Poore (SU) – 25 caused turnovers

9. Nicole Clauter (YCP) – 24 caused turnovers

 

Goalie Minutes Played

2. Abby Smith (YCP) – 1006:23 minutes played

5. Skye Graham (SU) – 885:56 minutes played  

 

Goals Against Average

2. Abby Smith (YCP) – 8.29 goals against average

3. Skye Graham (SU) – 8.33 goals against average

 

Saves

4. Abby Smith (YCP) – 142 saves

6. Skye Graham (SU) – 114 saves

 

Save Percentage

2. Abby Smith (YCP) – 50.5% save percentage

3. Skye Graham (SU) – 48.1% save percentage

 

Goalie Wins

1. Skye Graham (SU) - 16

3. Abby Smith (YCP) – 14

 

2019 CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Quarterfinal Round – Saturday, April 27

Game 1: #5 Christopher Newport 14 - #4 St. Mary's (Md.) 13

Game 2: #2 York (Pa.) 20 - #7 Southern Virginia 3

Game 3: #3 Mary Washington 21 - #6 Frostburg State 4

Semifinal Round – Tuesday, April 30

Game 4: #1 Salisbury 22 - #5 Christopher Newport 11

Game 5: #2 York (Pa.) 12 - #3 Mary Washington 11

Championship Round – Saturday, May 4

Game 6: #2 York (Pa.) at #1 Salisbury – 2:00 pm

 

LAST TIME WE MET

 It took over 71 minutes to decide a winner in the battle of the top two teams in the Capital Athletic Conference standings on April 17 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, a win that gave the Gulls the top seed in the CAC tournament.

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.

April 17 Game Box Score

 

SPARTANS IN THE CAC TOURNAMENT

The Spartans are 10-13 all-time in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament … the Spartans are 0-7 all-time against the Sea Gulls in the CAC Tournament … York is 0-5 in the CAC Championship game with all five meetings coming against Salisbury … the Spartans are attempting to earn their first CAC Championship … the Spartans and Sea Gulls meet for the eighth time, as the Gulls are the team York has faced most in the CAC Tournament … York is 9-11 in the CAC tournament under head coach Jen Muston … the Spartans have advanced to the championship game in six of the last eight years.

 

SPARTAN NOTES

The Spartans have a number of players climbing all-time records lists as the season progresses … junior Meghan Fox ranks third in points (1191), fourth in goals (151), tied for ninth in assists (40), fifth in free position goals (26), and tied for first in game-winning goals (12) … senior Nicole Clauter owns the career record for draw controls (308) while she is fifth in ground balls (131), and fourth in caused turnovers (86) … junior Devin Hursey is fifth in points (155), first in career assists (82), and fourth in free position goals (29) … senior goalie Abby Smith ranks fifth in career saves (183), fourth in saves per game (4.16), first in career save percentage (.508), and is sixth in career wins (14) … junior Regan Cook is sixth in career points (136), fifth in goals scored (113), and is third in game-winning goals (11) … senior Claudia DiVenti is sixth in draw controls (160) … seniors Caitlin Rankin and Nicole Clauter are both tied for second for all-time games played (78) while Clauter is tied for first for career games started (78).

 

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Up Next

The winner of the game earns the Capital Athletic Conference automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Champion while the loser must wait until Sunday night's selection show to see if they earn an at-large berth. The tournament kicks off on Friday, May 10 on campus sites.  

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