YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team heads to Medford, Massachuesetts this weekend to continue their jouney in the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament. The Spartans will face St. John Fisher in the second of two regional semifinal games hosted by Tufts University. The host Jumbos will face TCNJ in the weekend's opening round on Saturday at 11:00 am followed by the Spartans and Cardinals in the second semifinal at 2:30. The two semifinal winners square off on Sunday at 4:00 pm for the regional title and a berth in the 2019 NCAA Division III Final Four.
All four teams reside inside the top 25 as Tufts is fourth, York is sixth, St. John Fisher is 11th, and TCNJ is 15th.
#6 York (Pa.): 16-5
#11 St. John Fisher 19-1
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Head Coach: Jen Muston – 12th Season (158-68, 69.9%)
National Ranking: #6 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Meghan Fox: 84 points, 63 goals, 21 assists, 7-for-20 FPS, 28 ground balls, 19 draw controls
Devin Hursey: 72 points, 31 goals, 41 assists, 9-for-17 FPS, 26 ground balls
Regan Cook: 61 points, 48 goals, 13 assists, 6-for-19 FPS, 28 ground balls
Celly Arthur: 46 points, 20 goals, 26 assists, 2-for-4 FPS, 14 ground balls
Caitlin Rankin: 39 points, 32 goals, 7 assists, 9-for-23 FPS, 26 ground balls 17 caused turnovers
Spartan Defensive Leaders
Nicole Clauter: 28 caused turnovers, 52 ground balls, 101 draw controls
Claudia DiVenti: 20 caused turnovers, 22 ground balls, 102 draw controls
Alyssa Rankin: 15 caused turnovers, 28 ground balls
Alexis Hart: 11 caused turnovers, 17 ground balls, 32 draw controls
Abby Smith: 1,115:17 minutes played, 154 goals against, 8.28 goals against average, 151 saves, 49.5% save percentage, Record of 16-5
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS
Head Coach: Linda Michele – 8th Season (150-44, 77.3%)
National Ranking: #11 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll
Cardinals Offensive Leaders
Mallory Eymer: 82 points, 61 goals, 21 assists, 5 GWG, 21-for-39 FPS, 26 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers
Sydney DeGirolamo: 75 points, 37 goals, 38 assists, 1 GWG, 12-for-19 FPS, 17 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers, 114 draw controls
Mary Grace Doyle: 64 points, 49 goals, 15 assists, 6 GWG, 4-for-9 FPS, 25 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers, 58 ground balls
Emily Thompson: 40 points, 32 goals, 8 assists, 1 GWG, 6-for-18 FPS, 24 ground balls
Allison Rupp: 32 points, 17 goals, 15 assists, 1 GWG, 17 ground balls
Cardinals Defensive Leaders
Hayley Maguire: 39 caused turnovers, 47 ground balls, 20 draw controls
Molly Tice: 30 caused turnovers, 53 ground balls, 12 draw controls
Logan Chase: 25 caused turnovers, 47 ground balls, 55 draw controls
Jenna Lippert: 20 caused turnovers, 23 ground balls
Claudia Mocciaro: 599: 23 minutes played, 54 goals against, 5.41 goals against average, 41 saves, .432% save percentage, Record 11-1
Morgan Hayes: 601:43 minutes played, 33 goals against, 3.29 goals against average, 31 saves, .484% save percentage, Record 8-0
Tale of the Tape
Games Played: York 21, SJF 21
Goals: York 298, SJF 317
Assists: York 164, SJF 138
Goals Per Game: York 14.19, SJF 15.09
Shots: York 650, SJF 673
Shooting Percentage: York 45.8%, SJF 47.1%
Shots on Goal: York 488, SJF 505
Shots on Goal Percentage: York 75.1%, SJF 75.0%
Free Position Shots-Goals: York 41-for-118, SJF 72-for-147
Free Position Percentage: York 34.7%, SJF 49.0%
Ground Balls: York 381, SJF 441
Turnovers: York 305, SJF 309
Caused Turnovers: York 166, SJF 245
Clears: York 321-of-363, SJF 315-of-355
Goals Against: York 170, SJF 87
Goals Against Average: York 8.01, SJF 4.35
Save Percentage: York 49.3%, SJF 45.8%
LAST TIME WE MET
You don't have to go very far back to find the last matchup between the Spartans and Cardinals. The Green and White pulled out a 10-9 overtime victory on March 5 in Clearwater, Florida. The Spartans trailed 9-7 with 2:40 left in the second half. Meghan Fox drew the Spartans to within a goal with 48 seconds left in regulation. Jordan Conley then tied the game off a Fox assist with just two seconds left in regulation. The Cardinals won the opening draw of overtime but the Spartans forced a turnover and Regan Cook scored on the ensuing possession to earn the dramatic come-from-behind win. It would be the only loss for the Cardinals who enter Saturday's game riding an impressive 18-game winning streak. Fox led the Spartans with four goals and three ground balls. Cook and Devin Hursey each added two goals and an assist.
Mallory Eymer led the Cardinals with four goals as she was 3-for-3 on free position shots. Alyssa Sproule added three goals and two ground balls.
SPARTANS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Spartans are making their eighth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance with all eight appearances having come under head coach Jen Muston … the Spartans are 9-7 all-time in the NCAA tournament and are 5-2 in second round games in their tournament history …York is 6-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament at Kinsley Field … the Spartans are 3-0 in the Sweet 16 round … the Spartans and Cardinals have met two previous times in the NCAA tournament as York is 2-0 in those games … the Spatans beat the Cardinals 13-12 in the second round on May 10, 2014 in York and the Spartans bested the Cardinals 5-4 in the second round on May 14, 2017 … the Spartans are 4-0 all-time against the Cardinals with all four wins coming by one goal.
The Capital Athletic Conference women's lacrosse champion York College placed seven Spartans on the 2019 All-CAC teams as announced by the league office. In addition to the seven all-league players, head coach Jen Muston earned the CAC Coach of the Year award while senior defender Nicole Clauter was named the CAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career.
Five Spartans earned first-team honors as Meghan Fox, Regan Cook, Devin Hursey, and Claudia DiVenti joined Clauter on the first team. Seniors Caitlin Rankin and Abby Smith were selected to the second team.
The Spartans have a number of players who are high on the individual career charts … junior Meghan Fox is third in career points (201), tied for second in career goals (159), eighth in career assists (42), and first in game-winning goals (13) … fellow junior Regan Cook ranks sixth in career points (141), fifth in career goals (116), and third in game-winning goals (11) … junior Devin Hursey is fifth in points (159), first in assists (84), and fourth in free position goals (30) … senior Nicole Clauter is first in career draw controls (317), fourth in caused turnovers (90), first in career games started (80) and tied for first in games played … senior Claudia DiVenti is fourth in draw controls (172) … senior goalie Abby Smith is first in career save percentage (.500%), third in goals against average (6.99) and fifth in career wins (16).
The winner of Saturday's game against the Cardinals advance to face the winner of the Tufts/TCNJ game in the Elite Eight on Sunday at 4:00 pm. The winner of that Elite Eight game advances to next weekend's Final Four in Salem, Virginia.