Spartans Comeback Falls Short

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The York College women's lacrosse team dropped its second game in a row, falling to Catholic University 14-13 on the road in non-conference action on Tuesday. The Spartans scored the final four goals of the game, but the Cardinals' five consecutive goals in a matter of 4:38 through the middle portion of the second half proved to be too much to comeback from.

Game #7

Final Score: #5 York 13, #22 Catholic 14

Records: #5 York 4-3, #22 Catholic 5-4

Shots: York 31, Catholic 27

Shots on Goal: York 24, Catholic 18

Saves: York 4, Catholic 11

Draw Controls: York 17, Catholic 12

Ground Balls: York 20, Catholic 23

Turnovers: York 14, Catholic 18

Caused Turnovers: York 8, Catholic 5

Fouls: York 15, Catholic 18

Free Position Shots: York 4-for-7, Catholic 6-for-8

How it Happened:

• The Spartans fell behind 2-0 to Catholic less than three minutes into the game, but found an equally quick response, scoring twice in a span of 1:34. Devin Hursey scored the first York goal, converting from a free-position shot, an area she has excelled throughout the season. Skye Slater responded with 24:59 remaining in the first half, taking an assist from Meghan Fox. Nicolette Crisalli put the Cardinals back in front for the first of her six goals during the evening, but Slater scored less than two minutes later to level the score at 3-3.

• With 13:26 left in the half, Crisalli and Fox let loose on a head-to-head scoring battle that consisted of five goals in the next 6:33. Crisalli scored three for Catholic, while Fox put together consecutive goals leaving the Cardinals with a 6-5 lead with under five minutes to play. The Spartans were able to score two of the final three goals in the half, behind finishes from Regan Cook and Melissa Meehling. York actually led with 7-6 with 3:10 remaining, but the Cardinals equalized with 1:33 left before the halftime buzzer.

Juliana Greco scored the first goal of the second half, pushing York to another lead, at 8-7. Again it was Crisalli, though, burying a chance for the Cardinals, scoring the first of two straight Catholic goals, putting the Spartans behind in the process. Fox tied the game at 9-9 with 19:28 to go, before the 22nd-ranked Cardinals scored five consecutive goals, opening a 14-9 lead with 13:07 to play. The fifth-ranked Spartans dug back in. Meehling scored twice, both unassisted, in a matter of 1:22 to close the deficit to three. Fox scored with 8:02 left and then Hursey again scored from a free-position shot to cut it to one goal. But, Catholic was able to hold on to its 14-13 advantage for the final 3:10, handing York its second straight loss.

Spartan Leaders:

Meghan Fox: 4 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots, 7 shots on goal

Melissa Meehling: 3 goals, 4 shots, 4 shots on goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Skye Slater: 2 goals, 3 shots, 2 shots on goal

Devin Hursey: 2 goals, 4 shots, 4 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Cardinal Leaders:

Nicolette Crisalli: 6 goals, 10 shots, 8 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Holly Regan: 2 goals, 3 assists, 3 shots, 3 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Ally Criscuolo: 2 goals, 3 shots, 3 ground balls

Megan Ellis: 2 goals, 5 shots, 2 shots on goal, 1 ground ball

Goalie Comparison:

Charlotte Wright (YCP): 48:42 minutes played, 14 goals against, 3 saves (L, 4-3)

Abby Smith (YCP): 11:18 minutes played, 0 goals against, 1 save

Nanci Hernandez (CU): 60:00 minutes played, 13 goals against, 11 saves (W 4-4)

Game Notes:

York is now 5-4 all-time against the Cardinals … the loss snaps the two-game win streak for the Spartans against Catholic … the loss is York's first string of back-to-back losses this season … Devin Hursey is now 7-for-11 in free-position shots after converting on two chances against Catholic … she is second on the team in points, with 21 on 13 goals and eight assists … Meghan Fox now has a team-best 30 points on a team-high 24 goals … Fox has scored 18 goals in the last four games … Melissa Meehling has scored five goals in the last two games after scoring five in her first four games … Charlotte Wright leads York with 15 ground balls … she fell to 4-3 in net, with a .419 save percentage in 400:57 total minutes this season and a 9.13 goals against average.

Up Next:

York concludes its four-game road stand with a matchup against Dickinson on Friday at 4 p.m. The Spartans are undefeated against the Red Devils, having won all seven meetings.

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