FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The #15 York College women's lacrosse team earned a hard-fought 17-12 Capital Athletic Conference win over the University of Mary Washington on the road on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans (8-4, 3-1 CAC) used a 9-3 second-half scoring advantage to go along with a season-high 60.7% shot percentage to seal the victory over the Eagles (6-6, 2-3). York also used a dominating performance on the draw with a season-high 19 draw controls on the day, including a 9-3 advantage in the second half.
Spartan defender Katie Owens (Forest Hill, Md. / North Harford) played a huge role on the draw as she led York with a career-high five draw controls to go along with one caused turnover. Senior captain Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md. / Annapolis Area Christian) led the Spartan scoring effort with a career-high six points on four goals and two assists in addition to collecting three draw controls and scooping up one ground ball.
The two sides swapped tallies through the first eight goals of the game before Mary Washington broke the trend, scoring the first back-to-back goals of the game to take a 5-4 lead 10:27 into the first half. Lily Damalouji (Prince Frederick, Md. / Calvert) and Allison Kolacy (Rockaway, N.J. / Morris Knolls) responded with two goals each as York took a 6-5 advantage, but the Eagles scored four of the final six goals of the first half and held a 9-8 advantage at halftime.
Castle finished the first half scoring four of York's eight goals with Kolacy chipping in with a pair.
The second half had a much different storyline than the first as York opened with five unanswered goals, including two by Jayme Verman (York, Pa. / Lancaster Country Day) and two by Katelyn Cattrano (Manchester, Md. / Manchester Valley). Mary Washington eventually got back on the board, but not until over 18 minutes had passed and facing a three-goal deficit after holding a lead at halftime.
Verman and the Spartans continued to supply the pressure as York out-scored UMW, 4-2, in the final 10 minutes with the sophomore tacking on two more goals to bring her game-high total to five on the day.
The Spartans will aim to pick up another CAC win on Wednesday as they welcome in Frostburg State to Kinsley Field. Game time is slated for 4:30 p.m.
Katie Owens photo courtesy of David Sinclair