#5 Spartans Fall at #3 Salisbury in CAC Opener

Melissa Meehling photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Melissa Meehling photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

SALISBURY, MD – The York College Spartans fell to Salisbury University 8-5 in a showdown of two top five teams in their Capital Athletic Conference opener on Saturday in Salisbury, Maryland.

The third-ranked Sea Gulls improve to 8-0 overall while the fifth-ranked Spartans fall to 4-2.


Game #6

Records: #5 York 4-2 (0-1 CAC), #3 Salisbury 8-0 (1-0 CAC)

Final Score: York 5, Salisbury 8

Shots: York 25, Salisbury 24

Shots on Goal: York 18, Salisbury 19

Ground Balls: York 9, Salisbury 13

Draw Controls: York 6, Salisbury 9

Free Position Shots: York 4-for-10, Salisbury 2-for-10

Saves: York 11, Salisbury 13

Fouls: York 16, Salisbury 14

Turnovers: York 10, Salisbury 14


How It Happened

• The Sea Gulls got on top of the Spartans early as they scored three goals in the first 2:29 of the game. Allie Hynson scored just 1:05 into the game to put Salisbury on the board. Krissy Murphy made it 2-0 49 seconds later and Alissa Talbert added a third goal 35 seconds later.

• The scoring pace slowed for Salisbury as they made it 4-0 on a second Hynson goal midway through the half. York finally got on the board as Caitlin Rankin converted a free position shot with 11:30 left in the first half. Spartan senior Melissa Meehling tallied a man-up free position shot with 2:45 left in the half as York trailed 4-2. Meehling drew the Spartans to within one with a goal off a pass from Kayleigh Phillips with just 1:22 left in the half.

• York outshot the Sea Gulls 13-12 in the first half and got two of their three goals off free position shots.

• York opened the second half scoring with a Meghan Fox goal 6:10 into the second half as she tied the game with a free position goal. The Sea Gulls tallied the next two goals as Hynson notched her third goal of the game at the 14:39 mark followed by an Emma Skoglund goal with just under ten minutes left in regulation.

• Fox notched her second goal of the game with another free position goal at the 6:13 mark, drawing York to within a goal at 6-5. Salisbury tallied the final two goals of the game as Salisbury goalie Gianna Falcone recorded two saves on three Spartan shots in the final six minutes of the game to keep York off the board, allowing the Gulls to record the win.


Spartan Leaders

Meghan Fox: 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 2-for-5 FPS

Melissa Meehling: 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover, 1-for-1 FPS

Caitlin Rankin: 1 goal, 1-for-1 FGS

Nicole Clauter: 5 draw controls, 1 ground ball


Salisbury Leaders

Allie Hynson: 3 goals, 1 ground ball, 3 draw controls, 1-for-3 FPS

Krissy Murphy: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1-for-1 FPS

Courtney Fegan: 1 goal, 3 draw controls

Emma Skoglund: 1 goal, 1 draw control


Goalie Comparison

Charlotte Wright (YCP): 60 minutes played, 8 goals against, 11 saves (Loss, 4-2)

Gianna Falcone (SAL): 60 minutes played, 5 goals against, 13 saves (Win, 8-0)


Game Notes

York is now 1-19 all-time against Salisbury as they have lost two straight in the series … the five goals are a season-low for the Spartans … York went 4-for-10 in free position shots and that's the second highest total of free position goals for the year (9 vs. Trinity) … York scooped up a season-low nine ground balls … York had just six draw controls and five of those were collected by Nicole Clauter … York committed a season-low 10 turnovers … York had a pair of failed clears which snaps a three game streak of being perfect on the clear … York has failed on just five clears for the entire year … sophomore Meghan Fox is now 7-for-12 in free position shots as she leads York with 25 points on 20 goals and five assists … Fox has scored at least one goal in all six games for the Spartans … Nicole Clauter now has 36 draw controls in six games while she also leads the squad in caused turnovers with 10 … Clauter is fourth in total draw controls in two less games than the players in front of her … senior Charlotte Wright made a season-high 11 saves for the Spartans in goal … Wright now has two games with double digits in saves (10 vs. Franklin & Marshall).


Up Next

The Spartans head back out on the road for the third game of their four-game road trip. York heads to nationally ranked Catholic University on Tuesday afternoon as they face the Cardinals in a 5:00 pm non-conference contest.