YORK, Pa. – The No. 12 ranked York College women's lacrosse team tallied 18 goals for the second consecutive game en route to an 18-3 victory over Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field.
The Spartans (11-3) were led by sophomore Brittany Noell (Silver Spring, Md. / Our Lady of Good Counsel) who tallied a career-high seven goals and tied the third-highest single-game goal total in school history. Noell also set career-highs in points (7), shots (8) and ground balls (2).
Southern Virginia (1-10) got on the board first with a man-up goal by Zoe Bradshaw, 2:32 into the contest. York responded quickly with a pair of goals by senior Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y. / Islip) to take the 2-1.
York added another tally 17 seconds after the second Nicolich goal with 25:12 left in the first half with a goal by Gina Bienman (Baltimore, Md. / Institute of Notre Dame) and then extended its lead to 4-2 less than a minute later with a tally by Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian).
With the game still up for grabs, the Knights took advantage of the situation with a pair of goals by Bradshaw to cut the deficit to 4-3 with 18:01 left in the first half.
York stifled the sudden offensive surge by SVU by going on an 8-0 run to finish the first half and take a 12-3 lead into halftime.
Noell started and finished the 8-0 run while scoring four total goals during that stretch. Also on that run, Bri Boyer (Shrewsbury, Pa. / Susquehannock) scored three of her career-high four goals and picked up an assist, Katelyn Cattrano (Manchester, Md. / Manchester Valley) tallied a goal and an assist, and Marissa Gochar (Mount Airy, Md. / Glenelg) dished out two helpers.
Freshman Rachel Saks (Baltimore, Md. / Catonsville) tallied her first collegiate goal to put the Spartans ahead 15-3 with 20:41 left in the second half. Saks was assisted on the play by Kelly Curran (North Massapequa, N.Y. / Plainedge) who recorded a goal and an assist in the game on her way to a career-high two-point performance.
Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md. / North Carroll) and Allison Kolacy (Rockaway, N.J. / Morris Knolls) each picked up a point in the game as Ritchey assisted Nicolich on the first York goal of the game and Kolacy assisted Noell for the last goal of the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Donovan (Ellicott City, Md. / Howard) earned her first victory in her first start of the season as she improves to 1-0. Donovan allowed three goals, made on save and faced a total of four shots.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday as they travel to face conference opponent St. Mary's College (Md.) for a 4 p.m. contest.
Brittany Noell photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers
Notes: York's 36 shots is the highest total and marks the seventh this season York has recorded 30+ shots in a game…York's 31 shots on goal ties its season-high and is the second time York has recorded 30+ shots on goal this season…the four total shots given up is the lowest total allowed by a York opponent this season…York had eight different players score a goal and 11 different players record a point.