YORK, PA – The eighth ranked York College women's lacrosse team advanced to their sixth Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship game as they won a thrilling 12-11 semifinal victory over #9 Mary Washington on Tuesday night in York.
The Spartans, who are the second seed in the CAC tournament, advance to face top seeded Salisbury University in the conference championship game on Saturday in Salisbury, Maryland.
Game #19 – Capital Athletic Conference Semifinals
Final Score: #8 York (Pa.) 12, #9 Mary Washington 11
Records: York (Pa.) 14-5, UMW 15-4
Shots: York 31, UMW 26
Shots on Goal: York 21, UMW 21
Ground Balls: York 16, UMW 18
Turnovers: York 11, UMW 10
Clears: York 16-for-16, UMW 14-for-18
Draw Controls: York 14, UMW 10
Free Position Shots: York 2-for-9, UMW 2-for-4
Saves: York 10, UMW 9
How It Happened:
• The Spartans opened the scoring 1:29 into the game as Caitlin Rankin caught a pass from Devin Hursey and one-timed the shot past Eagle goalie Hanna Ashby for the 1-0 Spartan lead. After a period of back and forth play, Regan Cook finished off a Meghan Fox pass to put the Green and White up 2-0 with 22:45 left in the half.
• The Eagles answered with back-to-back goals, tying the game at two with 18:28 left in the half. Freshman Chloe MacDonald wasted little time in putting York back on top as fellow freshman Celly Arthur found MacDonald for the 3-2 Spartan lead just 35 seconds after the Eagles' second goal. The Eagles responded with a Kristen Kunaiec goal at the 15:12 mark. Once again, the Green and White answered quickly as Rankin and Hursey again combined for a goal just 24 seconds after the Kunaniec tally as York took a 4-3 lead.
• The game looked like it would head to the half with the Spartans holding the one goal lead. The Spartans forced an Eagle turnover with 45 seconds left in the half. The Spartans quickly cleared the ball and settled into a set. With the clock ticking down, Arthur created a scoring chance and was able to finish at a harsh angle with just over four seconds left in the half to push York's lead to 5-3 at the break.
• Artur opened the second half scoring as she notched a second unassisted goal 3:08 into the second half. Fox added to the Spartan lead with a goal off another Hursey assist at the 22:48 mark. Fox pushed the Spartan run to four goals as she converted a free position goal with 20:59 left in the game as York led 8-3.
• After a Mary Washington timeout, the CAC's leading scorer, Mackenzie Maguire, scored a pair of goals 31 seconds apart to cut York's lead to 8-5 with 18:06 left in the game. The Eagle run continued with goals from Allison Davis and Maguire, shaving the Spartan lead to 8-7 with 14:21 left in the game.
• Cook halted the Eagle run with a free position goal three minutes later as she slowed the Mary Washington momentum. Fox struck again with an unassisted goal, putting York up 10-7 with just over eight minutes left in the game. Kunaniec answered with her third goal of the game, cutting into York's lead. Fox capped her big day with her fourth goal of the game as the Spartan lead was 11-8 with 6:17 left. Cook tallied what would be the eventual game-winning goal with 4:49 left as the Spartans held a 12-8 lead.
• The Eagles would make a furious charge over the next three minutes as they put home a trio of goals to cut the Spartan lead to 12-11 with 1:15 left in the game. Hope Lockwood scored the first two goals on the run followed by a goal from Julia Albert. After Albert's goal, senior captain Nicole Clauter scooped up the draw control and the Spartans were able to run out the remainder of the clock to earn the exciting and dramatic win.
Meghan Fox: 4 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls, 1-for-2 FPS
Regan Cook: 3 goals, 1 ground ball, 1 draw control, 1-for-2 FPS
Celly Arthur: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 ground ball
Caitlin Rankin: 2 goals, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
Claudia DiVenti: 9 draw controls, 1 ground ball
Nicole Clauter: 4 draw controls, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Devin Hursey: 3 assists, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Mackenzie Maguire: 3 goals, 4 assists
Kristen Kunaniac: 3 goals
Hope Lockwood: 3 goals, 2 ground balls, 1-for-1 FPS
Rylie Cook: 5 draw controls, 3 ground balls
Sarah Hampton: 2 caused turnovers, 3 ground balls
Abby Smith (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 11 goals against, 10 saves (Win, 14-5)
Hanna Ashby (UMW): 60:00 minutes played, 12 goals against, 9 saves (Loss, 15-4)
The Spartans have taken an 11-10 lead in the all-time series as York won both meetings with the Eagles this year … the Spartans avenged their CAC semifinal loss to Mary Washington last spring … York is now 10-13 all-time in the CAC tournament … York has made five previous CAC championship game appearances with all five coming against Salisbury … the Spartans are now 6-4 all-time in the CAC Semifinals … The Spartans surrendered double figures in goals for the first time since suffering a 10-9 double overtime loss to Salisbury on April 17 … York has allowed double figures in goals in just six of their 19 games … junior All-American Megan Fox passed the 190 career point plateau as she now has 191 points in her Spartan career … Fox is 11 points away from catching former Spartan standout Erica Mulford for second place on the all-time scoring list … junior All-American Devin Hursey continues to add to her school record for career assists as she now has 82 after her three helpers in Tuesday's win … senior Claudia DiVenti continues to rocket up the draw controls career list as she is now sixth and is three draws away from moving into the top five … DiVenti has collected nine draw controls in three of her last four games … in her last four games, DiVenti has 31 draws … DiVenti has 13 games of four or more draws in a game … the Spartans have won four straight, one win short of tying their season high.
The Spartans head to Salisbury on Saturday afternoon as they face the top seeded Sea Gulls in the CAC Championship game. Opening draw is set for 2:00 pm at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury, Maryland.