YORK, Pa. – The No. 15 York College women's lacrosse team suffered a 12-5 loss to No. 14 Catholic University of America in a non-conference, top-20 showdown on Wednesday afternoon at Kinsley Field.
The two sides played a close, high-paced first half with the Cardinals (8-2) ultimately taking a 6-4 lead and a 15-11 shot advantage into halftime. The Cardinals struck first, scoring in the first minute of play off the opening draw. The Spartans (7-3) responded with a goal a few minutes later when Jayme Verman (York, Pa. / Lancaster Country Day) caused a turnover on a Catholic clear attempt and then set up Katelyn Cattrano (Manchester, Md. / Manchester Valley) for her 10th goal of the season.
The two teams traded goals once again as Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian) answered for York with her 13th tally of the year. Following the goal by Castle, the Cardinals went on a three-goal run, taking advantage of Spartan miscues, which gave Catholic two free-positions goals, including one coming on the man-advantage. Castle then broke the Catholic run with her second goal of the game as she scored on a free-position shot. Melissa Meehling (Monkton, Md. / Hereford) made it back-to-back goals for York to cut the deficit to 5-4, but Catholic's Anna Stumme tallied the second of her game-high four goals to extend the Cardinal lead to 6-4 with just two minutes left in the first half.
The Spartans opened the second half out-shooting the Cardinals 3-0 before York finally broke through with a third goal by Castle at just under five minutes into the half. That would be the final goal a York player would tally for the remainder of the game as the Cardinals went on to score six straight goals, including two on free-position shots, one of which was on the man-advantage, and one short-handed goal.
York put shots on frame in the second half, with eight of its 10 shots on goal, but the Spartans were unable to maintain the scoring pace set by the Cardinal offense.
Catholic finished the game with 29 total shots, 19 of which were on goal while York finished with 21 total shots and 17 on goal.
The Spartans will travel to Mary Washington on Saturday for a critical Capital Athletic Conference contest starting at 1:00 p.m.
Sarah Castle photo courtesy of David Sinclair