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YORK COLLEGE NOTES: Spartans stun top-seeded Salisbury in CAC women's soccer semifinal

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  • The York College women's soccer team beat Salisbury on Wednesday, 2-1.
  • The win advanced York to the Capital Athletic Conference title match.
  • Georgia Gilcrist and Ryan Hussey scored York's goals. Moriah Morton had an assist.

The York College women's soccer team pulled off a stunner on Wednesday afternoon.

The Spartans traveled to top-seeded Salisbury for a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal contest and returned from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with 2-1 triumph.

The victory advances York to Saturday's CAC championship game.

Salisbury jumped out to a 1-0 halftime lead, but York responded with a pair of second-half goals from Georgia Gillcrist and Ryan Hussey. Former Spring Grove High standout Moriah Morton assisted on Hussey's goal, which came at the 78-minute mark of the game. West York grad Cat McCarty made five saves to get the win in goal.

Salisbury lost despite holding a 15-4 edge in shots and an 8-3 edge in corners.

Fourth-seeded York improved to 9-12, while Salisbury fell to 13-3-3.

In the regular season, Salisbury earned 4-0 and 1-0 wins over York.

York will travel to third-seeded Mary Washington for Saturday's title match. Mary Washington (10-10) upset second-seeded Christopher Newport (15-2-3) in the other CAC semifinal, 1-0.

Earlier in the week, senior women's soccer captain Natalie McCarthy was named the Spartan Athlete of the Week.

In Saturday's CAC quarterfinal win over St. Mary's. McCarthy scored twice. McCarthy has a team-leading 20 points on eight goals and four assists. She is tied for second in the CAC in goals scored while she is second in points. 


Women's lacrosse assistant honored: York assistant women's lacrosse coach Ashley Fitzhugh has been selected as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Outstanding Assistant Coach for NCAA Division III.

The honor was announced Wednesday.

Fitzhugh completed her 12th season with the Spartans in 2019 and helped the squad to a 17-6 record and an NCAA D-III tournament run that saw them advance to the regional finals, where they fell to Tuft. She works primarily with the defensive unit and mentored Nicole Clauter, a first-team All-American and the 2019 IWLCA Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2019, York won its first-ever Capital Athletic Conference title, defeating Salisbury, a team that had won the tournament for 16 straight years. The Spartans compiled the most wins in program history (17), advanced to an eighth straight NCAA tournament and made their fourth Elite Eight appearance in the last five seasons.

Volleyball team falls in CAC quarterfinals: The York College women's volleyball squad had its 2019 campaign end on Tuesday night with a 3-1 loss at Southern Virginia in the CAC quarterfinals.

The Spartans finished at 14-17. Southern Virginia is 16-12. The match scores were 25-22, 20-25, 25-16, 25-16.

The Spartan leaders were Sydney Wilber (seven kills), Dover grad Abby Diehl (17 assists, 12 digs), Bermudian Springs grad Gabby Emeigh (11 digs) and Dallastown grad Lydia Stump (10 digs).

Swimmers honored by CAC: York College senior swimmer Greg Williams has been named the CAC Men's Swimmer of the Week.

Williams picked up a pair of wins as the Spartans rolled to a victory over St. Mary's in their 2019-20 home opener. Williams won the 50 backstroke in 25.10 seconds and he followed that with a victory in the 200 back in 1:59.29. Williams now leads the team in individual wins with four.

York senior swimmer Justine Wantz was named the CAC Women's Swimmer of the Week. It's the second time this year that Wantz won the honor.

Wantz picked up two more individual first-place finishes in the Spartans victory over St. Mary's on Saturday. Wantz won the 50 back in :28.49, while she captured victory in the 200 back in 2:13.92. Wantz was also the leadoff swimmer for the winning 400 medley relay team. Wantz leads the team with six individual wins and owns the top time in the 200 back in the CAC.

Field hockey team ousted: The fourth-seeded York College field hockey team dropped a 3-0 decision at top-seeded Salisbury on Wednesday in a CAC semifinal.

York's season ends at 10-10. Salisbury, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, improved to 17-1.

Kaitlyn Wallace made eight saves for York.

Men's soccer team blanked: The York College men's soccer squad had its 2019 campaign end as the top-seeded Christopher Newport Captains blanked the Spartans 3-0 in the CAC semifinals on Wednesday night in Newport News, Virginia.

York finished at 9-9-2. The Captains improved to 13-2-3. Josh Kappes had five saves for York.