#9 Spartans Best #5 Eagles in Top Ten Battle on Friday

Hayley McCormick photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Hayley McCormick photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The ninth ranked York College women's lacrosse squad earned their third straight win as they picked up a tough 9-7 Capital Athletic Conference road win at the fifth ranked University of Mary Washington Eagles on Friday afternoon in Fredericksburg, Virginia.   

 

Game #10

Records: #9 York 7-3 (2-1 CAC), #5 Mary Washington 11-2 (4-1 CAC)

Final Score: York 9, UMW 7

Shots: York 27, UMW 30

Shots on Goal: York 17, UMW 20

Ground Balls: York 11, UMW 20

Draw Controls: York 13, UMW 5

Clears: York 18-for-18, UMW 18-for-20

Saves: York 13, UMW 8

Turnovers: York 15, UMW 9

Free Position Shots: York 5-for-10, UMW 0-for-4

 

How It Happened:

• The Eagles struck for a pair of goals early to seize the lead. Holly Hudson found the back of the next just 1:44 into the game. Paige Haskins followed with a goal of her own 37 seconds later as the Eagles won the draw and raced down and scored for the 2-0 lead. Hudson assisted on the goal.

• York got on the board with 21:54 left in the first as senior Melissa Meehling converted a free position opportunity for York's first goal. York tied the game just over nine minutes later as Devin Hursey notched a man-up goal on a free position shot with 12:48 left in the opening half.

• The Eagles recaptured the lead in the 2:43 later as Allison Davis notched an unassisted goal. The rest of the first half would be scoreless as the Eagles outshot the Spartans 18-10 and also held an 11-4 bulge in ground balls. Senior goalie Charlotte Wright made eight saves for the Spartans, keeping York in the game.

• The Spartans tied the game 2:22 into the second half as sophomore Hayley McCormick scored off a pass from Meehling, tying the game at three. Mary Washington retook the lead on a Savannah Boyd goal at the 25:56 mark but York again tied the game, this time on another Hursey free position shot. Hudson gave the Eagles their final lead of the game with 23:32 left in regulation.

• York responded by ripping off four straight goals to seize control of the game. The first three goals of the run were all man-advantage goals as the Eagles had a pair of yellow cards during the run. Hursey started the run with her third free position goal of the game, knotting the game at five with 20:16 left in the game. Meghan Fox gave the Spartans their first lead of the game with a free position goal. Regan Cook tallied the third straight man-up goal off a Baleigh Bradley pass with 17 minutes left in the game. Caitlin Rankin closed out the run with a goal 6:29 after Cook's to give York an 8-5 lead.

• The Eagles halted the Spartan run with a Hope Lockwood goal at the 8:32 mark but McCormick notched a huge insurance goal off a pass from Bradley with 5:16 left to push York's lead back to three. Davis closed out the scoring with a goal with 1:47 remaining but it wouldn't be enough as York earned the win.  

 

Spartan Leaders

Devin Hursey: 3 goals, 3-for-4 FPS, 1 caused turnover

Hayley McCormick: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Baleigh Bradley: 2 assists

Melissa Meehling: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1-for-3 FPS

Kayleigh Phillips: 7 draw controls

Nicole Clauter: 3 draw controls, 1 caused turnover

Caitlin Rankin: 1 goal, 3 ground balls

Alexis Hart: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

 

Eagle Leaders

Holly Hudson: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 caused turnover

Allison Davis: 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 3 draw controls

Paige Hoskins: 1 goal, 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Peyton Murray: 3 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball

 

Goalie Comparison

Charlotte Wright (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 7 goals against, 13 saves (Win, 7-3)

Hanna Asby (UMW): 55:54 minutes played, 7 goals against, 8 saves (Loss, 0-1)

Shannon Bremer (UMW): 4:06 minutes played, 2 goals against, 0 saves

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 9-9 all-time against the Eagles as they have won two straight in the series … York now has three wins over nationally ranked squads (Franklin & Marshall, Trinity, and Mary Washington) … York is now 3-2 on the road … York went 5-for-10 in free position chances in the game as they are now 42-for-83 (50.6%) in free position shots for the year … the five free position goals were the Spartans' third highest total of the year behind the nine FPG against Trinity and the eight in the win over Dickinson … sophomore Devin Hursey converted all three of her free position attempts for the game as she is now 10-for-16 for the year in free position attempts … York is 28-for-28 in the clear in the last two games … senior Charlotte Wright recorded a season-high 13 saves in the win, just one short of her career high set last May in the NCAA Tournament win over St. John Fisher … Wright now has 36 wins for her career as she continues to extend her school record for goalie victories … sophomore Meghan Fox now has 88 career points with 69 goals and 19 assists in her 30 career games for the Spartans … senior Melissa Meehling recorded her 19th career free position goal in the win as she is tied for fifth all-time in the category … Fox and Hursey are each tied for eighth with 16 career free position goals.

 

Up Next:

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday as they travel to St. Mary's College to face the Seahawks in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. First draw is set for 4:00 pm in St. Mary's City, Maryland.  

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