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#6 Spartans Advance to Third Straight Regional Final

Caitlin Rankin photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography
Caitlin Rankin photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography

MEDFORD, MASS. – The sixth-ranked York College women's lacrosse squad put together another balanced effort as the Green and White earned a spot in the Elite Eight with a 14-11 win over #11 St. John Fisher in the Tufts Regional semifinals on Saturday in Medford, Massachusetts.  The win for the Spartans is their 17th which sets a new school record, breaking the previous mark of 16 set during the 2017 campaign.

The Cardinals see their campaign come to an end with a mark of 19-2 as both losses came against the Spartans. The York win snaps St. John Fisher's win streak at 18. The Spartans have now won seven straight games and 12 of their last 13 contests.


Game #22 – NCAA Division III Tournament Sweet 16

Final Score: #6 York (Pa.) 14, #11 St. John Fisher 11

Records: York (Pa.) 17-5, SJF 19-2

Shots: York 25, SJF 26

Shots on Goal: York 16, SJF 22

Ground Balls: York 9, SJF 13

Turnovers: York 16, SJF 7

Clears: York 15-of-16, SJF 14-of-15

Draw Controls: York 19, SJF 8

Free Position Shots: York 3-for-4, SJF 2-for-7

Saves: York 11, SJF 2

Fouls: York 25, SJF 32


How It Happened:

• The Spartans got off to a quick start in the game as the Green and White raced out to a 4-1 lead just over ten minutes into the game. Meghan Fox scored twice on the run for the Spartans while Regan Cook and Devin Hursey each added solo tallies. The Cardinals scored two of the next three goals to cut York's lead to 5-3 but Fox and Hayley McCormick each found the back of the net, pushing York's lead to 7-3. McCormick's goal was a man-up goal with 6:10 left in the half.

• Fisher answered with a man-up goal of their own but the Spartans ended the half with two more Fox goals as York led 9-4 at the break. The Spartans went 3-of-4 in free position shots in the first half while they also outshot the Cardinals 15-9.

• The Cardinals opened the second half scoring but York again answered with goals from McCormick and Hursey to put York up 11-5. The Cardinals answered with three straight goals over a seven-minute stretch as Fisher trimmed York's lead to 11-8 with 17:08 left in the game. Cook cooled the Cardinals run with her second goal of the day. Sydney DeGirolamo recorded a free position goal with 7:48 left as the York lead was 12-9. Senior Caitlin Rankin came up with a big unassisted goal at the 6:30 mark and Cook followed up with a man-up goal with 4:27 left, putting York up 14-9. The Cardinals got a pair of goals inside the final 2:30 of play but York's lead would be too much for the Cardinals to overcome.


Spartan Leaders:

Meghan Fox: 5 goals, 2 assists, 1-for-1 FPS

Regan Cook: 3 goals, 2 ground ball, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover

Devin Hursey: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1-for-2 FPS

Caitlin Rankin: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1-for-1 FPS

Nicole Clauter: 11 draw controls, 1 ground ball

Hayley McCormick: 2 goals


Cardinal Leaders:

Sydney DeGirolamo: 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 draw controls, 1-for-2 FPS

Mallory Eymer: 2 goals, 2 assists

Emily Thompson: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1-for-1 FPS

Mary Grace Doyle: 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 1 draw control

Molly Tice: 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers


Goalie Comparison

Abby Smith (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 11 goals against, 11 saves (Win, 17-5)  

Morgan Hayes (SJF): 25:12 minutes played, 8 goals against, 1 save (Loss, 8-1)

Claudia Mocciaro (SJF): 34:48 minutes played, 6 goals against, 1 save



The Spartans have now won all five meetings against St. John Fisher including a pair of wins this year … the previous four meetings were all decided by one goal … York is now 3-0 against St. John Fisher in the NCAA tournament … both of York's wins against the Cardinals this year have come at neutral sites … the Spartans advance to the national quarterfinals for the fourth time in school history … they have not been able to advance past the Elite Eight round in school history … York has played in the Elite Eight in each of the last three seasons … the Spartans are now 10-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … York is now 3-1 in the regional semifinals (Sweet 16) … the Spartans are averaging 15.5 goals per game in the NCAA Tournament … York set the school record for goals in an NCAA game in the second round against Misericordia (17) while the 14 goals in the win over the Cardinals is their second highest total in their NCAA Tournament history … York is averaging 14.7 goals per game during their seven game winning streak … York converted 3-of-4 free position shots in the win, their highest success rate of the season … York was credited with a season-low nine ground balls … it's the first time this year York has had less than 12 ground balls in a game … York notched 11 saves, the seventh time this year they have recorded double digits in saves … senior Nicole Clauter tied her season-high with 11 draw controls in the win … Clauter has tied her own single season record with 112 draw controls, a mark she set last year … junior Meghan Fox continues to increase her single season school records in points (91) and goals (68) … Fox now has 15 free position goals which ranks second on the single season list … Fox now has 208 points and 164 goals which ranks second in both categories on the Spartan career list … Fox's seven points in the win was a season high and was one point away from tying her career high of eight set last March 15 against Trinity (Conn.) … senior Abby Smith set a new personal best in NCAA tournament play with 11 saves for the Green and White … Smith now has 13 saves in York's two NCAA games this spring … junior Devin Hursey has set a new single-season record with 42 assists, breaking her own record of 32 set in 2018 … junior Regan Cook is now fifth in career goals (119) and sixth in career points (144).


Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Sunday afternoon as they square off with the host Tufts Jumbos in the Elite Eight at 4:00 pm. The Jumbos, who are ranked fourth in the country, earned a 17-13 win over #14 TCNJ in the first game of the regional. The winner of Sunday's regional final advances to face the winner of the Salisbury/Amherst Elite Eight game being played at Salisbury at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.