Quick Starts Clip the Cardinals as #8 Spartans Advance to the Elite Eight

Nicole Clauter photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Nicole Clauter photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The York College women's lacrosse team advanced to the 2018 NCAA Division III Elite Eight with a 13-6 win over Catholic University on Saturday afternoon in Middlebury, Vermont. The Spartans avenged their 14-13 loss to the Cardinals on March 27 in Washington, D.C.

York has won 11 of their last 12 games including two straight in the NCAA Tournament.   


Game #19 – NCAA Tournament – Regional Semifinals

Records: #8 York 15-4, #14 Catholic 15-7

Final Score: York 13, Catholic 6

Shots: York 38, Catholic 22

Shots on Goal: York 28, Catholic 13

Ground Balls: York 16, Catholic 14

Draw Controls: York 15, Catholic 5

Clears: York 14-for-18, Catholic 16-for-20

Saves: York 7, Catholic 15

Turnovers: York 16, Catholic 16

Free Position Shots: York 1-for-7, Catholic 1-for-6


How It Happened:

• The Spartans got off to another quick start in the game, reminiscent of last weekend's win over Washington & Lee. Sophomore Meghan Fox took on a trio of Cardinal defenders and beat them all for the first goal of the game, 5:07 into the contest. Fellow sophomore Devin Hursey added to the lead with a free position goal 1:14 after Fox's tally. Fox made it 3-0 on a bounced shot from just outside the circle with 21:30 left in the opening half. Fox kept rolling with her third goal of the game 1:09 later as she converted a Cardinal turnover into a goal.

• York pushed the lead to 5-0 as Hursey found a cutting Kayleigh Phillips who finished the chance in front of the net. The goal was a man-advantage goal and gave York command of the game midway through the half. Jess Lyons got the Cardinals on the board as she snuck a shot past Spartan goalie Charlotte Wright with 14:43 left in the half, cutting York's lead to four.

• Fox notched her fourth goal of the game with 12:12 left in the half. Hursey found a streaking Fox on the fast break as York got that goal right back as the Green and White lead was 6-1. The Spartans won the ensuing draw and sophomore Hayley McCormick flipped in an underhand shot off a pass from Baleigh Bradley for York's seventh goal of the half.

• The Cardinals ended the first half on a little bit of a run as they scored three of the next four goals of the period. Ally Criscuolo and Crisalli notched back-to-back goals, cutting York's lead to 7-3. Anna Maupin made it 7-4 with an unassisted goal with 8:44 left in the half. Regan Cook closed out the first half scoring with a man-up goal off a pass from Bradley with 7:04 left to put York up 8-4 heading to the break.

• The Spartans came out of the intermission on fire as they scored three times in the opening seven minutes of the second half. Senior Melissa Meehling notched back-to-back goals to open the scoring as she notched both goals off passes from McCormick. Phillips made it 11-4 with an unassisted goal as she scooped up a rebound and poked home the goal, pushing York's lead to seven with 23 minutes remaining in the game.

• Catholic cut into the Spartan lead with back-to-back goals within 1:32 of each other but the Spartans removed all doubt with two goals in the last 10 minutes while the defense kept the Cardinals out of the goal.

• York did a fantastic job in the last 10 minutes of the game of maintaining possession and keeping the Cardinals away from York's defensive third. When the Cardinals did manage to get possession in the last ten minutes, they got one shot that went high and one shot that was saved by Wright.


Spartan Leaders

Meghan Fox: 4 goals, 8 shots on goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Devin Hursey: 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 shots on goal, 2 ground balls

Hayley McCormick: 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 shot on goal

Regan Cook: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Melissa Meehling: 2 goals, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Baleigh Bradley: 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball

Nicole Clauter: 8 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers

Kayleigh Phillips: 6 draw controls, 2 goals, 1 ground ball


Cardinal Leaders

Nicolette Crisalli: 2 goals, 6 shots, 1 ground ball

Anna Maupin: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls, 1 draw control

Jess Lyons: 1 goal, 2 shots on goal, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover

Nanci Hernandez: 5 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers

Kate Behlen: 1 goal (1-for-1 FPG), 1 ground ball


Goalie Comparison

Charlotte Wright (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 6 goals against, 7 saves (Win, 15-4)

Nanci Hernandez (CUA): 60:00 minutes played, 13 goals against, 15 saves (Loss, 14-7)


Game Notes:

The Spartans improve to 6-4 all-time against the Cardinals with the win … York is now 8-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 2-1 in neutral site NCAA Tournament games … York has now advanced to the national quarterfinals (Elite Eight) in three of the last four years … York lost to Middlebury 10-8 in their first Elite Eight appearance (2015 at Gettysburg) … the 13 goals in the wins ties a school-record for goals in an NCAA Tournament game … York has also scored 13 goals in three other NCAA Tournament games (@ Montclair State-2012, vs. W&L-2013, and vs. St. John Fisher-2014) … York has allowed just nine goals in their two NCAA tournament games this year (3 vs. W&L and 6 vs. CUA) … York's 23 goals in their two NCAA Tournament games are the most goals they have ever scored in the first two games of any of their NCAA tournament appearances … York has reached double figures in goals in 16 of their 19 games this season including nine straight … York went 1-for-7 in free position shots, their worst performance from the fan since their 1-for-6 showing against Frostburg on April 18 … York has at least one free position goal in all 19 games this season … the Spartans dominated at the draw as they won 15-of-20 draws in the game which led to a pronounced advantage in possession for the Green and White … senior goalie Charlotte Wright continues to play like a goalie who doesn't want her career to end as she registered seven saves to earn her 15th win of the year … Wright has 18 saves and allowed just nine goals in her 120 of NCAA Tournament action this spring … Wright has allowed 36 goals in her last seven games while she has notched 54 saves during that same period … Wright is now 44-12 as York's starting goalie over the last four years … Wright now has 140 saves for the season, a new career high … senior Melissa Meehling has scored two goals in each of the last two NCAA games while she also has five caused turnovers in the two victories … junior Nicole Clauter continues to be a ground ball machine as she picked up eight more in the win … Clauter has a school-record 107 draw controls for the year, besting former Spartan All-American Leah Schultz who had 95 draws in 2012 … Clauter has had six games with seven draw controls or better this year including three double digit efforts … sophomore Devin Hursey has tied the single season record for assists in a season with 30 … Hursey currently shares the record with Katelyn Cattrano from 2017.


Up Next:

The Spartans will look to advance to the NCAA National Semifinals for the first time in school history as they face the host Panthers in the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon in Middlebury. First draw is set for 1:00 pm.