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Spartans Race Past Misericordia in NCAA Tournament; Fox Reaches 200 Career Points

Meghan Fox photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Meghan Fox photo courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA – The sixth-ranked York College women's lacrosse team made their 2019 NCAA Tournament debut a successful one as the Spartans downed Misericordia 17-8 in the second round of the tournament on Sunday in York. The game was played in a steady, cold rain but the weather didn't cool off the red-hot Spartans as York used a big first half to cruise to the victory.

The Spartans will face St. John Fisher in the third round next Saturday.

Junior Meghan Fox reached a career milestone as she became just the third Spartan in school history to reach 200 career points.


Game #21 – NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round

Final Score: #6 York (Pa.) 17 – Misericordia 8

Records: York (Pa.) 16-5, Misericordia 15-6

Shots: York 25, MU 19

Shots on Goal: York 22, MU 16

Ground Balls: York 20, MU 16

Turnovers: York 17, MU 21

Clears: York 16-for-19, MU 10-for-15

Draw Controls: York 15, MU 12

Free Position Shots: York 2-for-5, MU 2-for-5

Saves: York 3, MU 5

Fouls: York 23, MU 27


How It Happened:

• The Cougars got on the board first as Lauren Weitzel caught a pass in traffic, put on a spin move on and finished the chance for the 1-0 Misericordia lead just 1:09 into the game. That prove to be the only lead the Cougars would have all day. The Spartans responded to Weitzel's opening salvo with a seven-goal run that covered just over 10 minutes of game time. Devin Hursey started the spurt as she had a strong dodge and shot for her 31st goal of the year. Regan Cook scored off a Celly Arthur assisted on a free position opportunity for York. Meghan Fox made it 3-1 as she scored off a free position shot rebound as she collected the loose ball and poked home the rebound for the goal.

• Freshman Chloe MacDonald then scored a pair of really nice goals for the Green and White 42 seconds apart. The first goal was a great catch off an Arthur pass from the X. MacDonald caught the pass across her body and finished off the shot in one motion for the goal. She then got a caused turnover, a ground ball and a fast break goal to put York up 5-1 with 17:25 left in the half.

• Cook and Fox finished off the run before Kaila Quinlivan converted a free position shot to stop the Spartan run. York answered with four consecutive goals as the Spartans led 11-2. Madison Marciniak started the run with two goals while Fox and Arthur also scored on the spurt. Weitzel halted that run with an unassisted goal but York got goals from Skye Slater and Caitlin Rankin in the final 2:30 for the 13-3 Spartan lead.

• The second half saw the Spartans score four straight to open the stanza as York took a 17-3 lead. The game got sloppy in the final ten minutes of play and the Cougars capitalized by scoring the final five goals of the game to make the score appear far closer than it was.


Spartan Leaders:

Meghan Fox: 4 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls

Regan Cook: 3 goals, 1 ground ball

Madison Marciniak: 3 goals, 1 ground ball, 1-for-1 FPS

Celly Arthur: 1 goal, 4 assists

Nicole Clauter: 5 draw controls, 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Claudia DiVenti: 4 ground balls, 2 draw controls, 4 caused turnovers

Alyssa Rankin: 2 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls


Cougar Leaders:

Katie Quinlivan: 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover, 1-for-1 FPS

Lauren Weitzel: 2 goals, 2 ground balls, 4 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers

Brianna Lander: 3 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers

Meaghan Kelly: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover


Goalie Comparison

Abby Smith (YCP): 48:54 minutes played, 4 goals against, 2 saves (Win, 16-5)

Riley DiFiore (YCP): 11:06 minutes played, 4 goals against, 1 save  

Maggie McGovern (MU): 60:00 minutes played, 17 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 15-6)



The Spartans are now 4-0 all-time against the Cougars as this was the first meeting since April 3, 2008 … York is now 9-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament while they are 6-0 all-time at Kinsley Field in the tournament … York is now 5-2 in second round games … junior All-American Meghan Fox reached 200 career points with her assist on Caitlin Rankin's goal to open the second half … Fox is just the third Spartan in school history to reach 200 points for her career … Fox now has 63 goals the spring which sets a new single-season record for the Spartans … Fox is tied with Leah Schultz for second on the all-time goal scoring list with 159 … Fox's 84 points is second on the single season list, one point behind Allison Napolitano's school record of 85 set in 2008 … freshman Celly Arthur tied her career-high with four assists, matching her output against Southern Virginia in the opening round of the CAC Tournament … Arthur also had a goal for a career-high tying five points, a mark she has reached three other times this year … seniors Caitlin Rankin and Nicole Clauter continue to share the career record for games played as they both have played 80 in their Spartan careers … Clauter is first in games started as she has started every game of her Spartan career … Clauter now has 90 caused turnovers for her career, good for fourth on the all-time list … sophomore Madison Marciniak tied her career-high with three goals in the win … Marciniak also scored three goals last year vs. Wesley and in the CAC quarterfinal win over Southern Virginia … senior Claudia DiVenti set a new career-high with four caused turnovers while she also had a career-high four ground balls.


Up Next

The Spartans will square off against familiar foe in the third round of the NCAA Tournament as York will face St. John Fisher at a site to be determined on Monday. The time and location of the game will be announced by the NCAA on Monday. Please check back Monday at for the site and time of Saturday's third round game.