YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team earned a spot in the Elite Eight on Saturday after their 14-11 win over #11 St. John Fisher. On Sunday, the Spartans will try to earn their first ever-berth in the Division III Final Four. To do that, the Spartans must knock off #4 Tufts University in Sunday's regional final.
The winner of Sunday's game will face the winner of the Salisbury/Amherst quarterfinal next Saturday at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
#6 York (Pa.): 17-5
#4 Tufts: 18-2
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Head Coach: Jen Muston – 12th Season (159-68, 70.0%)
National Ranking: #6 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Meghan Fox: 91 points, 68 goals, 23 assists, 8-for-21 FPS, 28 ground balls, 19 draw controls
Devin Hursey: 75 points, 33 goals, 42 assists, 10-for-19 FPS, 27 ground balls
Regan Cook: 64 points, 51 goals, 13 assists, 6-for-19 FPS, 30 ground balls
Celly Arthur: 46 points, 20 goals, 26 assists, 2-for-4 FPS, 14 ground balls
Caitlin Rankin: 42 points, 34 goals, 8 assists, 10-for-24 FPS, 27 ground balls 17 caused turnovers
Spartan Defensive Leaders
Nicole Clauter: 28 caused turnovers, 54 ground balls, 112 draw controls
Claudia DiVenti: 20 caused turnovers, 24 ground balls, 108 draw controls
Alyssa Rankin: 16 caused turnovers, 27 ground balls
Alexis Hart: 11 caused turnovers, 17 ground balls, 33 draw controls
Abby Smith: 1,175:17 minutes played, 165 goals against, 8.42 goals against average, 162 saves, 49.5% save percentage, Record of 17-5
SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
Head Coach: Courtney Shute – 6th Season (72-26, 73.4%)
National Ranking: #4 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll
Jumbos Offensive Leaders
Emily Games: 74 points, 57 goals, 17 assists, 30-for-53 FPS, 21 draw controls, 13 caused turnovers
Colette Smith: 58 points, 43 goals, 15 assists, 8-for-16 FPS
Dakota Adamec: 48 points, 41 goals, 7 assists, 12-for-22 FPS, 12 ground balls, 40 draw controls
Catherine Lawliss: 39 points, 28 goals, 11 assists, 7-for-11 FPS
Courtney Grygiel: 35 points, 19 goals, 16 assists, 5-for-12 FPS, 21 ground balls
Annie Sullivan: 35 points, 28 goals, 7 assists, 8-for-22 FPS, 16 ground balls, 24 draw controls
Jumbos Defensive Leaders
Hedy Veith: 21 caused turnovers, 38 ground balls
Lily Baldwin: 14 caused turnovers, 31 ground balls, 52 draw controls, 2 goals
Madison Lehan: 12 caused turnovers, 19 ground balls, 6 draw controls
Audrey Evers: 712:01 minutes played, 99 goals against, 8.34 goals against average, 100 saves, 50.3% save percentage, Record: 13-0
Molly Laliberty: 470:54 minutes played, 58 goals against, 7.39 goals against average, 71 saves, 55.0% save percentage, Record: 5-2
Tale of the Tape
Games Played: York 22, Tufts 20
Goals: York 312, Tufts 314
Assists: York 168, Tufts 109
Goals Per Game: York 14.18, Tufts 15.70
Shots: York 675, Tufts 671
Shooting Percentage: York 46.2%, Tufts 46.8%
Shots on Goal: York 504, Tufts 502
Shots on Goal Percentage: York 74.7%, Tufts 74.8%
Free Position Shots-Goals: York 44-for-122, Tufts 88-for-189
Free Position Percentage: York 36.1%, Tufts 46.6%
Ground Balls: York 390, Tufts 341
Turnovers: York 321, Tufts 280
Caused Turnovers: York 168, Tufts 157
Clears: York 336-of-379, Tufts 298-of-344
Goals Against: York 181, Tufts 157
Goals Against Average: York 8.14, Tufts 7.96
Save Percentage: York 49.3%, Tufts 52.1%
LAST TIME WE MET
The Spartans and Jumbos have never met on the women's lacrosse field. The Jumbos will be the 13th different NCAA opponent for the Spartans. York has played three other NESCAC schools in their tournament history.
SPARTANS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Spartans are making their eighth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance with all eight appearances having come under head coach Jen Muston … the Spartans are 10-7 all-time in the NCAA tournament and are 5-2 in second round games in their tournament history …York is 6-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament at Kinsley Field … the Spartans are 4-1 in the Sweet 16 round but 0-3 in the Elite Eight having dropped a pair of close decisions to Middlebury and one 10-5 loss to Trinity (Conn.).
The Capital Athletic Conference women's lacrosse champion York College placed seven Spartans on the 2019 All-CAC teams as announced by the league office. In addition to the seven all-league players, head coach Jen Muston earned the CAC Coach of the Year award while senior defender Nicole Clauter was named the CAC Player of the Year for the second time in her career.
Five Spartans earned first-team honors as Meghan Fox, Regan Cook, Devin Hursey, and Claudia DiVenti joined Clauter on the first team. Seniors Caitlin Rankin and Abby Smith were selected to the second team.
The Spartans have a number of players who are continuing to climb the individual career charts … junior Meghan Fox is now second in career points (208), and second in career goals (159), eighth in career assists (44), and first in game-winning goals (13) … fellow junior Regan Cook ranks sixth in career points (144), fifth in career goals (119), and tied for second in game-winning goals (12) … junior Devin Hursey is fifth in points (162), first in assists (85), and fourth in free position goals (31) … senior Nicole Clauter is first in career draw controls (328), fourth in caused turnovers (90), first in career games started (81) and tied for first in games played (81) … senior Claudia DiVenti is fourth in draw controls (178) … senior goalie Abby Smith is first in career save percentage (.500%), third in goals against average (7.13) and fifth in career wins (17) … the Spartans' 17 wins breaks the previous record of 16 set in 2017 … Fox now owns the school single season record for points (91) and goals (68) … Hursey owns the single-season assist mark with 42, breaking her own record of 32 set last year … Clauter has tied her own single-season school record for draw controls at 112, a mark first set last year … DiVenti is third in single-season draw controls as she has 108 for the year.
The winner of Sunday's regional final advances to the 2019 NCAA Division III Final Four in Ashland, Virginia. The winner of the York/Tufts game will face the winner of the Salisbury/Amherst game in the national semifinals on Saturday.