YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day with an impressive 21-12 triumph over Christopher Newport University on Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field in Capital Athletic Conference competition. Seniors Melissa Meehling and Charlotte Wright put together career performances as Meehling finished with four points on three goals and an assist while Wright turned away 14 shots in net for the Green and White.
Final Score: #7 York 21, CNU 12
Records: #7 York 9-3, 4-1 CAC, CNU 7-8, 3-3 CAC
Shots: York 48, CNU 29
Shots on Goal: York 41, CNU 26
Saves: York 14, CNU 20
Draw Controls: York 23, CNU 12
Ground Balls: York 18, CNU 16
Turnovers: York 6, CNU 10
Caused Turnovers: York 5, CNU 1
Fouls: York 22, CNU 13
Free Position Shots: York 2-for-9, CNU 4-for-7
How it Happened:
• The Captains took the early lead, scoring in just 1:01 to jump ahead 1-0. It didn't take long for York to equalize, though, as the Spartans quickly transitioned from defense to offense, sprinting down the field. Melissa Meehling carried it into the offensive zone and fed Kayleigh Phillips for the goal. Just 36 seconds later, the Captains took the lead for the second time, taking a 2-1 lead. The seventh-ranked Spartans weren't fazed, and scored six straight goals in exactly five minutes to take the upper hand for good. Devin Hursey scored on a free-position attempt, an area she has excelled all season, to level the score at 2-2. Just 43 seconds later, Meehling scored and, moments later, at the 19:03 mark, York led 7-2.
• CNU closed within four, but then York responded with three consecutive goals again, two coming from Caitlin Rankin. A lot of the Spartan success came from their dominance on draws, winning 15 of the 19 first-half draw controls. Nicole Clauter, who just broke the school record for draw controls in a game with 14 in York's last time out, scooped up 12 controls in just the first half against CNU, allowing the Spartans to control the pace. After another CNU goal, again scored by Sarah Culver, who entered the game with 53 goals, the lead was cut again. However, the Green and White answered with another trio of scores, coming from Hursey, Meehling and Phillips, to take a 13-5 lead into the halftime break.
• The Captains dug in and scored the first two goals of the second half, just 1:21 apart, but, much like the first half, York had an answer. Meehling, who celebrated her Senior Day with a career performance, scored with 23:34 to play, and then Caitlin Rankin wiggled through the defense and threw one past the goalie to extend the lead back to eight. Meehling matched her career high with four points. Despite trailing by eight, CNU put together yet another run, scoring twice in 1:08 to cut the deficit to six, but then the Spartans finally put them away. Using five goals in 7:48, York jumped ahead 20-9 with just under 10 minutes to play to seal the win. CNU added a few goals late, but it wasn't enough as York cruised to a 21-12 win. Charlotte Wright made a ton of key saves through the middle portion of the game for the Spartans, finishing with a career high-matching 14 on the afternoon.
Regan Cook: 3 goals, 2 assists, 7 shots, 1 ground ball
Meghan Fox: 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 shots
Melissa Meehling: 3 goals, 1 assist, 6 shots, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Caitlin Rankin: 4 goals, 10 shots, 3 ground balls, 1 draw control
Devin Hursey: 3 goals, 7 shots
Nicole Clauter: 13 draw controls, 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
Sarah Culver: 3 goals, 7 shots, 2 ground balls, 3 draw controls
Catherine Leighty: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 shots
Colleen Bourgal: 2 goals, 4 shots, 1 ground ball
Charlotte Wright (YCP): 50:45 minutes played, 9 goals against, 14 saves (W, 9-3)
Abby Smith (YCP): 9:15 minutes played, 3 goals against, 0 saves
Kaitlyn Ready (CNU): 60:00 minutes played, 21 goals against, 20 saves (L, 7-8)
York is now 7-0 all-time against the Captains … York defeated the Captains twice last year, including a win in the CAC Tournament semifinals … Melissa Meehling finished with a career high-matching four points on three – also matching a career high – and an assist … Baleigh Bradley dished out a career-high three assists, also setting a career high for points … Haley McCormick also set a career high with two assists … Caitlin Rankin scored a career-high four goals … her four points also matched a career high set earlier this season against Montclair St. … Meghan Fox recorded five points for the sixth time this season, but first since March 30 … she leads the Spartans with 44 points … Regan Cook continued her scoring streak, scoring a goal for the sixth straight game … Devin Hursey has 12 free-position goals, tied with Fox for the most on the team … Hursey has 41 points on 22 goals and a team-high 19 assists … Nicole Clauter finished with 13 draw controls, one off the school record she set against St. Mary's on April 11 … Charlotte Wright made a career high-matching 14 saves on her Senior Day.
The Spartans continue their three-game home stand on Wednesday, taking on Frostburg St. First draw for the Capital Athletic Conference matchup is set for 6 p.m. at Kinsley Field.