#7 Spartans Use Quick Start to Run Past LVC

Regan Cook photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography
Regan Cook photo courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography

YORK, PA – The seventh ranked York College women's lacrosse team rode a quick start and very strong defense as the Spartans raced past Lebanon Valley College in a non-conference contest at Kinsley Field on Wednesday evening in York. The game was the first home game since the season opener on February 19.

 

Game #5

Final Score: #7 York (Pa.) 16, Lebanon Valley 6

Records: York (Pa.) 4-1, LVC 1-4

Shots: York 33, LVC 15

Shots on Goal: York 23, LVC 9

Ground Balls: York 23, LVC 22

Turnovers: York 20, LVC 22

Clears: York 17-for-20, LVC 14-for-21

Draw Controls: York 14, LVC 9

Free Position Shots: York 1-for-4, LVC 0-for-2

Saves: York 3, LVC 7

 

How It Happened:

• Junior Regan Cook got the Spartans off to a fantastic start as she scored four goals in the opening 5:29 of the game to give York a quick 4-0 lead. Cook scored her four goals on four shots as she got the Green and White off to a fantastic start.

Jordan Conley and Meghan Fox made it 6-0 Spartans with goals that came 23 seconds apart. The Dutchmen finally got on the board with a Makenzie Kelley game with 13:16 left in the first half. Cook answered with her fifth goal of the first half as the Spartan lead was 7-1. The Green and White outscored LVC 4-2 over the final 11 minutes of the first half as York took an 11-3 lead to the break. York outshot the Dutchmen 24-4 in the first half while York won 11 of the 15 first-half draw controls.

• The scoring pace slowed significantly in the second half. Kelley opened the scoring with a goal a mere 54 seconds into the half. Fox got that goal back and Caitlin Rankin followed to give York a 13-4 lead with 24:13 left in the game. LVC's Emily Federowicz notched her fifth goal of the year but York responded with goals from Celly Arthur and Hayley McCormick to give York the 15-5 lead. The teams traded goals in the final three minutes to account for the final score.

 

Spartan Leaders:

Regan Cook: 5 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Meghan Fox: 4 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Devin Hursey: 3 assists

Skye Slater: 2 goals, 2 ground balls,

Celly Arthur: 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 caused turnovers

Nicole Clauter: 5 ground balls, 5 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers

Claudia DiVenti: 5 draw controls, 2 ground balls

 

Dutchmen Leaders:

Makenzie Kelley: 2 goals, 4 ground balls, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover

Veronica Venezia: 1 goal, 2 assists

Veronica John: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Jen Eck: 6 draw controls, 4 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

 

Goalie Comparison

Abby Smith (YCP): 46:46 minutes played, 5 goals against, 2 saves (Win, 4-1)

Riley DiFiore (YCP): 13:14 minutes played, 1 goal against, 1 save

Hannah Oliveras (LVC): 60:00 minutes played, 16 goals against, 7 saves (Loss, 1-4)

 

Notes:

The Spartans improve to 4-0 all-time against Lebanon Valley … the Spartans are 2-0 at home against the Dutchmen … it is the first game in the series since February 20, 2016 when the Spartans opened the campaign with a 15-6 win at LVC … the win was the second of the year by ten goals (14-4 vs. Montclair) … the Spartans dished out a season-high 12 assists on 16 goals … York has scored 16 goals in each of their two home games … York attempted a season-low four free position shots … the Spartans scooped up a season-high 23 ground balls … York recorded a season-high 13 caused turnovers … York put 23 of their 33 shots on target in the game (69.7%) … junior Devin Hursey handed out three more assists as she now has a team-high 11 in her five  games played … junior Meghan Fox picked up four more goals as she leads the Spartans with 17 goals on 30 total shots … Fox has put 70% (21-of-30) of her shots on goal … junior Regan Cook scored a season-high five goals including the first four of the game … Cook now has 14 goals and 17 points for York … the Spartans have five double figure scorers through five games as Fox (21 points), Hursey (20 points), and Cook (17 points) are joined by Hayley McCormick and Skye Slater each have 11 points for the year … seniors Nicole Clauter and Claudia DiVenti continue to be draw control machines as they have combined to earn 51 of the Spartans' 66 draw controls for the year … Clauter leads the team in ground balls (14) and caused turnovers (12).

 

Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they head to Grantham to face the Messiah College Falcons. The game is slated for a 1:00 pm start at Messiah.  

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