YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team locked down Washington & Lee University and captured a 10-3 win in the NCAA Tournament second round at Kinsley Field on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Wright made 11 saves and held the General scoreless until 11:20 remaining in the second half. The Spartans are now 5-0 all-time at Kinsley Field in the NCAA Tournament.
Final Score: York 10, W&L 3
Records: York 14-4, W&L 16-5
Shots: York 27, W&L 20
Shots on Goal: York 21, W&L 14
Saves: York 11, W&L 11
Draw Controls: York 9, W&L 5
Ground Balls: York 19, W&L 21
Turnovers: York 23, W&L 21
Caused Turnovers: York 9, W&L 14
Fouls: York 22, W&L 20
Free Position Shots: York 3-for-9, W&L 2-for-6
How it Happened
• Nicole Clauter won the opening draw and then after a failed clear from the Generals, Devin Hursey setup Melissa Meehling with the first goal of the game less than two minutes in, giving York its first lead of the afternoon. Clauter won the second draw as well, Hursey drew a foul and then converted on a free-position attempt to double the advantage, an area she has excelled in all season.
• Charlotte Wright made a save when the Generals worked it inside their attacking zone for the first time, and made another with 22:35 remaining in the first half to keep W&L scoreless. The Generals had some issues clearing the ball once they made stops early on, thanks to the stifling York pressure. Twice, in its first three attempts, W&L was unable to successfully complete the clear.
• Kayleigh Phillips made it 3-0 on another free-position attempt after a major collision in front of the net. With just 13 minutes left, York forced another failed clear and then immediately marched down the field and Hursey fed Caitlin Rankin right in front of the net to make it 4-0. On the ensuing draw, the Generals won their first of the game, but Phillips immediately forced a turnover and would eventually assist on the Spartans' fifth goal of the season, passing to Regan Cook, who made a move one way then quickly zipped back to her right and shot past the goalie to make it 5-0 with 12:25 left.
• Meanwhile, on the other end, Wright continued to shut off the Washington & Lee offense, making eight saves in the first half without allowing a goal, propelling the Spartans to a 5-0 halftime lead.
• To open the action in the second half, Wright made another big time save, her ninth of the game, leading to an offensive possession that ended with a goal from Skye Slater with 24:23 left. Meghan Fox ripped a shot on a free-position attempt and then Meehling scored less than a minute later to extend the York lead to 8-0 with 21:15 left. On the very next draw, the ball bounced to Fox, she controlled it and bounced one off the post and in for the third goal in 45 seconds. The Spartans increased their lead to 10 when Hursey launched a cross field pass just over the outreached stick of the General goalie and Slater easily finished it off to make it 10-0.
• The Generals scored three in the final minutes, two off free-position attempts, to claw back to 10-3, advancing York to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Devin Hursey: 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 shots, 3 ground balls
Meghan Fox: 2 goals, 4 shots, 1 draw control
Melissa Meehling: 2 goals, 6 shots, 1 ground ball, 3 caused turnovers
Skye Slater: 2 goals, 3 shots, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover
Kayleigh Phillips: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots, 2 draw controls, 1 ground ball
Mimi MacCowatt: 1 goal, 1 shot
Claire Fulton: 1 goal, 3 shots
Collette Murray: 1 goal, 2 shots
Charlotte Wright (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 3 goals against, 11 saves (W, 14-4)
Elliot Gilbert (WL): 48:04 minutes played, 10 goals against, 11 saves (L, 9-3)
Hannah Wiltshire (WL): 11:56 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 saves
The Spartans are 7-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … York is 5-0 at Kinsley Field in those games … three goals against is the least allowed in NCAA Tournament action … it was the sixth time Charlotte Wright accounted for double-digit saves in a game this season … Regan Cook scored for the 12th consecutive game … Meghan Fox scored twice, and has scored in every game this year … it was the 12th game she has scored more than once … Nicole Clauter finished with four draw controls, bringing her season total to 99.
York advances to the NCAA Tournament third round to be played on Saturday. The opponent, location and schedule time will be determined. Continue to visit www.ycpspartans.com for updated information.