It would be all too easy to pin York College’s 8-7 women’s lacrosse loss Wednesday to No. 6 Gettysburg on something like a late defensive breakdown.
However, that wasn’t the case at all for the No. 8-ranked Spartans (6-3 overall).
A slow start, which saw the Bullets (6-1) race out to an early 4-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, ultimately did in York during the non-conference road contest.
York was able to climb all the way back to a 7-7 tie with 18 minutes, 59 seconds left to play in the second half when Kayleigh Phillips bounced home her 10th goal of the year on a free position shot.
Those types of shots were big for the Spartans. York was able to convert all three free position attempts. The Bullets would go 0-for-3 on free position shots.
“I was a little frustrated that we came out so slow, because you can’t do that at our level against teams like this,” York head coach Jen Muston said. “That is a very talented Gettysburg team, and you have play the full 60 minutes. It’s a hard lesson, but I am proud of the way they picked it up and their intensity.”
A yellow card assessed to York goalie Rachel Donovan gave the Bullets a player-up advantage, the only for either side all game. Gettysburg converted, with Abby Baigelman scoring her 14th goal of the season to give the Bullets the final margin.
“Rachel’s been stepping up for us and really playing well. She’s very aggressive outside of the cage,” Muston said. “It was a moment where she saw an opportunity to be aggressive, but maybe it wasn’t the right timing. And so when she hits the girl with her stick, obviously that’s a yellow (card). That’s a hard mistake to make, it’s a learning experience for her.”
Shortly after Emma Christie netted her 15th of the season for Gettysburg to put the Bullets ahead 4-0 early, the Spartans offense came to life.
Allison Kolacy’s seventh score of season came off a free position to make it 4-1.
Halfway through the first half, with the score now 6-2, Melissa Meehling charged the net hard and dropped a shot over the goalie's shoulder for her 10th of the season.
She followed that up with another 33 seconds later and the two teams took that 6-4 score to halftime.
“We’ve been practicing those a lot in practice and I’m happy those are translating into games. You need to stick those, they’re free shots,” Muston said.
Meehling later finished off a hat trick with 25:01 left in the second half to make it 7-6 Gettysburg. Megan Strauch and Claudia DiVenti also had goals for the Spartans.
Gettysburg was led by a three-point effort from Amanda Borucki, who recorded a goal and two assists. Maggie Connolly added an assist to go along with her goal. Katie Landry scored a pair of goals for the Bullets.
Bailey Pilder relieved starter Shannon Keeler with the score 7-7 and went on to earn the victory. Keeler had made two saves before that. Donovan suffered the loss in net for the Spartans, making three saves along the way.
The Spartans embark on the second leg of a three-game road stretch when they travel to Marymount on Saturday.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE EVENTS
Spartans roll in men's lacrosse: The York College men's lacrosse team continued to roll on Wednesday night with 15-5 victory over Marymount in Arlington, Virginia.
It was the Spartans' Capital Athletic Conference opener. York is 8-1 overall. Marymount fell to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the CAC.
The Spartans were ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll.
Andrew Gamble (three goals, assist) and Austin Glab (goal, three assists) led York. Other multiple-point scorers for York were: Joey Fiorino (two goals), Hunter Davis (goal, assist), Joseph Joseph (goal, assist) and Nick Magnusson (goal, assist).
York baseball team falls: The York College baseball team dropped a 7-4 decision at Frostburg State on Wednesday.
The Spartans fell to 6-14 overall and 4-3 in the CAC. Frostburg improved to 10-6 and 4-3.
Susquehannock High School graduate Luke Knott (two hits, double, two runs scored), Seth Brosius (two hits, two RBIs) and Kennard-Dale grad Collin Crowell (double, two runs scored, RBI) paced the York offense.
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