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Spartan Offense Explodes in CAC Opening Win at CNU

Devin Hursey photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography
Devin Hursey photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – The York College women's lacrosse team put their three-game losing streak in the rearview mirror on Saturday as they blew past the Christopher Newport University Captains 21-8 in the Spartans' Capital Athletic Conference opener. The Spartans, who had their first three game skid since 2009, scored early and often in rolling past the Captains in Newport News.


Game #10

Final Score: #8 York (Pa.) 21, Christopher Newport 8

Records: York (Pa.) 6-4 (1-0 CAC), CNU 6-6 (0-1 CAC)

Shots: York 34, CNU 21

Shots on Goal: York 31, CNU 17

Ground Balls: York 21, CNU 17

Turnovers: York 14, CNU 13

Clears: York 17-for-17, CNU 16-for-17

Draw Controls: York 22, CNU 8

Free Position Shots: York 5-for-7, CNU 1-for-2

Saves: York 8, CNU 10


How It Happened:

• The two squads went back and forth early as the game was tied at two eight minutes into the game. The Spartans used the next ten minutes to take control of the game as they went on a six goal run to take an 8-2 lead. Celly Arthur scored two goals on the run while Caitlin Rankin, Meghan Fox, Devin Hursey, and Regan Cook also scored during the spurt.

• The Captains halted the run as they scored two of the next three goals to cut the Spartan lead to 9-4. York ended the half with a dominating five goal run over the final 7:15 to take a 14-4 lead to the break. Rankin, Jordan Conley, Hayley McCormick, Hursey and Fox each scored for the Spartans during the run.

• The Green and White kept the run going to start the second half as York scored the first four goals to push the lead to 18-4. Hursey scored two on the run while freshman Riley Roeder scored her first collegiate goal to give York the 14-goal lead. The Captains scored three straight goals to cut the York lead to 11 but York scored three of the final four goals of the game to provide for the final 13 goal margin of victory.


Spartan Leaders:

Devin Hursey: 4 goals, 3 assists, 2-for-2 FPS, 1 caused turnover

Meghan Fox: 2 goals, 3 assists, 2 ground balls, 2 draw controls

Hayley McCormick: 3 goals, 1 ground ball

Nicole Clauter: 9 draw controls, 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Regan Cook: 2 goals, 3 assists, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Celly Arthur: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Caitlin Rankin: 2 goals, 3 ground balls, 1-for-1 FPS, 1 caused turnover


Captain Leaders:

Julia Golden: 3 goals, 2 draw controls

Sam Wettengel: 1 goal, 3 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers

Sarah Culver: 2 goals, 1 draw control

Kaitlin Ready: 7 ground balls


Goalie Comparison

Abby Smith (YCP): 51:27 minutes played, 7 goals against, 8 saves (Wink 6-4)

Riley DiFiore (YCP): 8:33 minutes played, 1 goal against, 0 saves

Kaitlin Ready (CNU): 60:00 minutes played, 21 goals allowed, 10 saves (Loss, 6-6)



The Spartans are now 8-0 all-time against the Captains … the Spartans' 21 goals were a season-high for the Green and White … the 21 goals are the most since last April 18 when they hung 22 on Frostburg State … the Spartans converted a season-high five free position shots on seven attempts … York captured a season-high 22 draw controls while they only lost eight in the win … the 22 draw control wins is good for sixth on the single game list, four back of the team record set against Trinity (Conn.) last March 15 … the Spartans scored on a season-high 61.8% of their shots in the win … the Spartans got goals from 12 different players,  season-high mark … Freshmen Riley Roeder and Rachel Della each scored their first goals of their college careers … junior All-American Devin Hursey set a new career-high with her four goals in the win … Hursey is now tied for second (with Allison Kolacy) in career assists with 63, seven behind program leader Kim Wayson (70) … junior captain Hayley McCormick set her career-high with three goals in the win … senior All-American defender Nicole Clauter had another big game with nine draw controls, five ground balls and a trio of caused turnovers … Clauter is now seventh in career ground balls (117) and fourth in caused turnovers (79) while she already owns the program record with 278 draw controls.


Up Next

The Spartans return home on Wednesday to face the nationally ranked Catholic University Cardinals in a non-conference contest at Kinsley Field. The game is slated for a 5:00 pm start.