Strong start helps York College women's lacrosse reach Sweet 16
The York College women's lacrosse team rode a quick start en route to an 11-6 win over Union College in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday in York.
The host Spartans scored the first six goals of the game and never looked back, improving to 14-5 overall while advancing to face Gettysburg College in the Sweet 16 on Saturday at a site yet to be determined.
Union entered on a seven-game winning streak and ends the season with a record of 13-4.
York County native Jayme Verman got the Spartans off to a fast start, scoring three of the team's first four goals during the first 10 minutes of the contest to open up a 4-0 lead. She also assisted on the second goal, giving her a hand in every York goal to begin the game.
Freshman Melissa Meehling scored back-to-back goals for the Spartans to push the team's lead to 6-0 midway through the contest before the Dutchwomen finally got on the scoreboard with 7 minutes, 32 seconds remaining. Despite Union ending the first half on a 3-1 run, York entered the break up, 8-3.
The Dutchwomen carried their strong end to the first half into the start of the second, eventually shrinking the Spartans' lead to 9-6.
The two teams played strong defense for a long scoreless stretch late before York picked up two valuable insurance goals in the final two minutes of the contest from Meehling and Sarah Sitton to close out the game and book its spot in the Sweet 16.
Verman led the Spartans on offense with six points, coming on three goals and three assists. Meehling recorded a career-high three goals.
"We wanted to jump on them early and get them on their heels and I think we accomplished that," York coach Jen Muston said. "Lacrosse is a game of runs and I think we did a great job of getting on them early. That start ultimately got us the win."
The Spartans finished the game holding a 27-24 edge in shots, while Union held a 17-16 advantage in ground balls and a 10-8 margin in draw controls.
The difference was Union's 17 turnovers as York ended the game with 11 caused turnovers. The Spartans made just eight miscues in the win.
The Spartans will find out where they will face Gettysburg next Saturday when the host sites are announced on Monday.