GRANTHAM, Pa. – The #12 York College women's lacrosse team won in dramatic fashion with a last-second goal on the road on Wednesday afternoon to earn an 8-7 victory over Messiah.
Following a turnover by York (4-1) with less than two minutes to play, Messiah (2-3) had possession and looked like the Falcons were heading in to score the game-winning goal as they completed a successful clear with 1:17 left to play and the scored tied 7-7.
The Falcons, who had out-scored York 4-1 in the second half to that point, looked to have their offense hitting on all cylinders and it seemed fitting that they would score a last-minute goal to pick up the upset victory at home. However, fate would have a different story.
With 48 seconds left, Messiah's Claire Stikeleather ripped a shot on goal, but instead of finding twine, her shot caromed directly off the crossbar and fell into the webbing of sure-handed defender Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md. / Perry Hall). Strauch used her speed to carry the ball safely into the Spartan offensive zone where she attempted to score a sudden transition goal, but her shot was batted away by Messiah's Alexa Dipeso.
Following the save by Dipeso, Allison Kolacy (Rockaway, N.J. / Morris Knolls) maintained possession for York as she collected a ground ball with 23 seconds remaining on the clock. Kolacy then handed the ball over to Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian) who slashed through the middle and sent a shot high over the net with nine seconds left. Kolacy picked up the ground ball to keep the York's hopes alive and sent a low shot wide of the net with four seconds left.
Then out of nowhere, Jayme Verman (York, Pa. / Lancaster Country Day), who circled out from behind the net, picked up the loose ball near the left side of the net and with time expiring, turned and fired a shot that just snuck over top the out-stretched stick of Messiah's Dipeso for the game-winning goal.
Verman finished the game with a team-high three goals on eight shots (six on goal) and two draw controls with one ground ball.
The unsung hero the game was undoubtedly senior midfielder Karlie Dougherty (Baltimore, Md. / Mercy) who collected a career-high seven draw controls, which allowed York to maintain the majority of the possession throughout the game and give the Spartans a 32-13 shot advantage.
The Spartans finished with a 10-7 advantage on the draw and converted 15 of 17 clear attempts. York also owned a 23-16 advantage in ground balls.
York returns to action on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. when the Green and White travel to Sea Gull Stadium to take on its conference rival #16 Salisbury.
Jayme Verman photo courtesy of Derek Behrenshausen - Asst. Director of Athletic Communications