#14 Spartans Roll into the CAC Semifinals with 10-5 win over #16 CNU

#14 Spartans Roll into the CAC Semifinals with 10-5 win over #16 CNU

YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team downed the 16th ranked Christopher Newport Captains 10-5 in the first round of the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday afternoon in York. The 14th ranked Spartans advance to the tournament semifinals for the sixth year in a row and the seventh time overall.

The Spartans improve to 12-5 overall while the Captains see their season come to a close with a record of 11-5.


How It Happened:

• The Captains got on the board first with back-to-back goals from Kylie Chaplin and Sarah Culver. Chaplin's goal came with 21:45 left in the first half and Culver's goal came just 44 seconds later as the visitors grabbed the early momentum.

• The Spartans tied the game on a pair of Rachel Saks goals at the 16:28 mark and again at the 8:05 mark. Both goals were free position shots for the Spartan junior.

• Senior captain Allison Kolacy then put the Spartans up 4-2 with a pair of unassisted goals. Kolacy found the back of the net with 7:06 left in the half and then scored again exactly five minutes later.

• Senior Brittany Noell put the Spartans up 5-2 heading to the half as she scored off a beautiful pass from Kolacy with 20 seconds left in the stanza.

• The Captains and Spartans alternated goals over the first six tallies of the second half started by CNU's Tess D'Arcy scoring on a free position shot with 23:10 left in the game.

• Junior Jordan Cassella pushed the York lead back to three at 6-3 at the 19:02 mark.

• Chaplin scored a free position goal for CNU followed by a Melissa Meehling tally as the York lead was 7-4 with 11:13 left in the game.

• Chaplin scored her third goal of the game to cut York's lead to 7-5 but Cassella scored two straight goals to give York a 9-5 lead with just over five minutes left.

Katelyn Cattrano put the icing on the cake with the Spartans tenth goal of the game inside the final minute to provide for the final 10-5 margin of victory.


Spartan Leaders

Jordan Cassella: 3 goals, 1-fo-1 FPS

Allison Kolacy: 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist, 2 ground balls

Rachel Saks: 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist, 2-for-3 FPS

Nicole Clauter: 5 draw controls, 1 ground ball

Erin Mensch: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Captain Leaders:

Kylie Chaplin: 3 goals1 draw control, 1-for-1 FPS

Carly Wilson: 2 assists

Tess D'Arcy: 1 goal, 4 ground balls, 1-for-1 FPS



Rachel Donovan (YCP): 60 minutes, 4 saves, 5 goals against (Win, 9-4)

Emma Walsh (CNU): 60 minutes, 14 saves, 10 goals against (Loss, 11-5)


Game Notes:

The Spartans committed a season-low tying six turnovers … York outshot CNU 41-12 … The Captains were whistled for 32 fouls and three yellow cards … both teams were efficient on the free position shots as York was 3-for-5 while CNU was 3-for-6 … York won the ground ball battle 13-10 … York was a perfect 14-for-14 on the clear, it is the fourth time this year they have been perfect on the clear … the 41 shots for the Spartans were a season high, surpassing the previous high of 37 set in the season opener at Lebanon Valley … Junior Jordan Cassella's three goals establish a new career-high for goals and points ... the double digits in goals is the seventh time they have reached that mark including two straight games and four of their last five as the Spartan offense is starting to click … York is now 4-0 all-time against CNU including 2-0 this season by identical 10-5 scores … York is now 7-10 all-time in CAC Tournament games … York is facing Salisbury in the CAC Tournament for the fifth straight CAC Tournament but this will be the first time during that stretch that it is not in the championship game.

What's Next:

York heads to Salisbury University to face the Sea Gulls in the semifinals of the CAC Tournament on Saturday, April 23. Game time will be determined on Thursday afternoon.

Allison Kolacy photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers - Five Star Media