MEDFORD, MASS. – The sixth-ranked York College women's lacrosse team saw their record-setting season come to an end on Sunday as the #4 Tufts University Jumbos knocked off the Spartans 11-6 in the regional final on Sunday in Medford, Massachusetts.
The Spartans concluded their campaign with a school-record 17 wins, their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship, and their third straight NCAA Division III Elite Eight berth.
Tufts advances to face #8 Salisbury University as the Sea Gulls edged #12 Amherst 8-7 in their regional final on Sunday.
Game #23 – NCAA Division III Tournament Elite Eight
Final Score: #6 York (Pa.) 6, #4 Tufts 11
Records: York (Pa.) 17-6, Tufts 19-2
Shots: York 30, Tufts 26
Shots on Goal: York 17, Tufts 16
Ground Balls: York 12, Tufts 20
Turnovers: York 15, Tufts 18
Clears: York 15-for-17, Tufts 17-for-24
Draw Controls: York 11, Tufts 8
Free Position Shots: York 0-for-5, Tufts 3-for-7
Saves: York 5, Tufts 11
Fouls: York 27, Tufts 21
How It Happened:
• The Spartans got off to a solid start as they scored two of the first three goals of the game to lead 2-1 just over three minutes into the game. Meghan Fox and Chloe MacDonald scored for York off passes from Celly Arthur to take the early lead.
• The Jumbos hit the Spartans with a three-goal run as Colette Smith had a pair of goals sandwiching an Annie Sullivan free position goal as the Jumbos pushed out to a 4-2 lead. The Spartans scored two of the next three goals to cut the Tufts lead to 5-4 with 11:38 left in the half. The Spartan offense then went cold as the Jumbos notched a pair of goals in the final five minutes of the stanza to take a 7-4 lead to the break.
• The Tufts run continued after the half as the Jumbos scored four straight goals to take an 11-4 lead with 12:54 left in the game. Senior Claudia DiVenti scored a pair of tallies inside the final 11 minutes of the game to cut the Spartan deficit to five. The Green and White would not be able to get any closer as their highly successful campaign came to a close. The Spartans went over 30 minutes without a goal as the Jumbos went on a 6-0 run that won the game.
Claudia DiVenti: 2 goals, 5 draw controls, 1 ground ball
Chloe MacDonald: 2 goals
Meghan Fox: 1 goal, 1 assist,
Regan Cook: 1 goal, 1 ground ball, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover
Nicole Clauter: 4 draw controls, 1 ground ball
Celly Arthur: 3 assists
Devin Hursey: 1 assist, 2 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers
Colette Smith: 3 goals, 1 draw control
Emily Games: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1-for-3 FPS
Annie Sullivan: 2 goals, 1-for-1 FPS
Dakota Adamec: 4 draw controls
Maddy Schwartz: 5 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Abby Smith (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 11 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 17-6)
Audrey Evers (TU): 60:00 minutes played, 6 goals against, 11 saves (Win, 14-0)
The Spartans are now 0-4 in regional finals including three straight season-ending losses in the Elite Eight … the Spartans are now 10-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … the Spartans were held to a season-low tying six goals (6 vs. Middlebury on March 27) in the loss … it was the third time this year that the Spartan offense had been held below double figures in scoring in a game … the six goals were the second lowest offensive output in an NCAA game in Spartan history (3 vs. Amherst in the 2014 Sweet 16) … the Spartans notched 11 draw controls in the loss and that's the 20th time this season they reached double figures in draw control wins … the Spartans set a number of new single season records in 2019 as Meghan Fox set a new school standard with 69 goals and 93 points … senior Nicole Clauter set a new record with 116 draw controls, breaking her own record of 112 set last year … senior goalie Abby Smith set a new wins record with her 17 victories … senior Claudia DiVenti was right behind Clauter in draw controls as she collected 113 for the year, second all-time … junior Devin Hursey set a new single-season assists record with 43 helpers in 23 games … Clauter concludes her fantastic Spartan career as the school record holder in draw controls (332) and games started (82) while she is tied for first in games played (81) … Clauter is fourth in caused turnovers (90) and fifth in ground balls (138) … Fox is first in game-winning goals (13), second in points (210), second in goals (165), and fifth in free position goals (27) … Hursey ranks first in career assists (85), fourth in free position goals (31), fifth in points (163), and 13th in goals (77) … junior Regan Cook will enter her senior year fifth in career goals (120), sixth in points (145), and tied for second in game-winning goals (12) … senior Caitlin Rankin is tied with Clauter for the career record in games played with 81 … Rankin also ends her career ranked sixth in free position goals (22), eighth in goals (91), and 13th in points (109) … senior Abby Smith finished her career second in save percentage (.493), third in goals against average (7.26), and fourth in saves (208).
The Spartans now must say goodbye to the most successful class in school history as Nicole Clauter, Caitlin Rankin, Alyssa Rankin, Claudia DiVenti, Abby Smith, and Skye Slater combined to win 60 games over their four-year careers. The Spartans made four NCAA tournament appearances, three straight NCAA Elite Eight appearances, three CAC championship games, one CAC regular season championship, and one CAC tournament championship. The Spartans will return six of their top seven scorers including top four scorers Meghan Fox, Devin Hursey, Regan Cook, and Celly Arthur.