Fox's Eight Goals, Meehling's Game Winner Take Down No. 3 Trinity in Double OT

Melissa Meehling unleashes the game-winning shot in the second overtime. Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Melissa Meehling unleashes the game-winning shot in the second overtime. Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team battled back from a 7-1 first-half deficit to upend third-ranked Trinity College 16-15 in double overtime at Kinsley Field on Thursday night. Melissa Meehling converted on her free-position shot, her third goal of the game, with 1:52 to play in the second overtime period, avenging a York loss from the national quarterfinals a season ago. The ninth-ranked Spartans were paced by Meghan Fox's eight goals, matching the second-most in a game in school history and Nicole Clauter's 12 draw controls, a school record.

Game #4

Final Score: #9 York 16, #3 Trinity 15, 2OT

Records: #6 York 3-1, #3 Trinity 3-1

Shots: York 41, Trinity 24

Shots on Goal: York 32, Trinity 20

Saves: York 5, Trinity 16

Draw Controls: York 26, Trinity 10

Ground Balls: York 22, Trinity 14

Turnovers: York 16, Trinity 17

Caused Turnovers: York 10, Trinity 9

Fouls: York 14, Trinity 39

Free Position Shots: York 9-for-22, Trinity 4-for-7

How it Happened:

• In the first 10 minutes, Trinity scored four times, without the Spartans finding the back of the net. In the early going, York dominated the draw controls, but early turnovers led to more possessions for the third-ranked Bantams. Meghan Fox finally put York on the board with 18:43 remaining in the first half, lighting the fire for one of the best offensive performances in school history. Ten minutes later, though, the Green and White fell behind 7-1, after three more consecutive goals from the Bantams. Trinity, who defeated York in the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA Tournament, looked in control for most of the first half, with a six-goal advantage.

• The Spartans continued to battle, however, and before the half, put together an impressive 7:30 to pull back within striking distance. Skye Slater started things for York, scoring with 7:22 to play in the half, making it 7-2. That kicked off a four-goal streak for the Spartans, capped off by Melissa Meehling's first strike of the evening. Her goal with 3:58 to go closed the deficit to just 7-5. Devin Hursey and Fox also scored in that stretch. After Trinity expanded the lead back to three, Kayleigh Phillips and Fox scored within 40 seconds of each other to make it a one-score game, the closest York was since 1-0. Before the half, the Bantams doubled the advantage, taking a 9-7 lead into the break. York led 13-4 in draw controls through the first half, but it was the Bantams' pressure that forced the Spartans into plenty of turnovers. York turned it over 10 times in the first half to just four for Trinity. Throughout the rest of the game, though, the Spartans coughed it up just six times, compared to the Bantams' 13, proving to be a vital statistic.

• Both teams opened the second half in frantic fashion, as they combined to score six goals in the first 7:15. Fox scored two of them, but they were the only two York scored during that stretch. At the 16-minute mark, the Spartans trailed 13-9. Hursey threw one past the goalie with 15:24 on a free-position shot for the first of three consecutive York goals. Fox scored another, and Caitlin Rankin added a goal on another free-position shot, this time from the left side of the net, closing within 13-12. However, every time York closed the gap, the Bantams had an answer. With 10:15 to go, Grace O'Donnell scored the second of two straight Trinity goals, pushing the lead back to three, at 15-12. But, like the rest of the night, York dug in. Meehling and Fox both scored on free-position shots and then Fox scored the equalizer, her eighth goal of the game, with 2:48 to play. Fox's eight goals are a career high, but also matched the second-most goals in a game in school history. In total, nine York goals came on free-position attempts, tying the most all-time. They drew 39 fouls throughout the game, setting up quality chances in front of net.

• Neither team could find the game winner in the waning moments of the second half, but also through the first overtime period. Then, with 1:52 remaining in the second period of extra time, Meehling buried her third of the game, also coming on a free-position shot, clinching a 16-5 win. Her fourth point triggered a career high, and her three goals matched her best performance of her career.

Spartan Leaders:

Meghan Fox: 8 goals, 15 shots, 13 shots on goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Melissa Meehling: 3 goals, 1 assist, 10 shots, 7 shots on goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Devin Hursey: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal, 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Nicole Clauter: 12 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Kayleigh Phillips: 11 draw controls, 1 goal, 4 ground balls

Bantam Leaders:

Allie Barrett: 5 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots, 7 shots on goal, 5 draw controls, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Kiley Coffey: 5 goals, 5 shots, 3 draw controls

Jennifer Cook: 1 goal, 4 assists, 2 shots

Goalie Comparison:

Charlotte Wright (YCP): 70:08 minutes played, 15 goals against, 5 saves (W, 3-1)

Zoe Ferguson (Trin.): 70:08 minutes played, 16 goals against, 16 saves (L, 3-1)

Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 1-1 all-time against Trinity … York fell to the Bantams in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight last season in the first meeting between the two … Nicole Clauter set a school record with 12 draw controls … Kayleigh Phillips also matched the previous school record of 11 … Meghan Fox scored a career-high eight goals … her eight goals matches the second-most goals in a game in school history … her previous career high was four goals … the 26 draw controls for the Spartans is a new school record … York's nine free-position goals also matches a school record … York won the draw control battle 26-10 on the night … Melissa Meehling set a career high with four points … her three goals match her personal best … the Spartans improve to 1-1 in overtime games on the season, falling to No. 18 Messiah on March 9.

Up Next:

The Spartans head on the road to take on SUNY Oswego on Saturday. York is 1-0 all-time against the Lakers, defeating them 12-5 in 2017. First draw is set for 12:00 p.m.

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