York College women's lacrosse team hits end of line

  • The York College women finished the year at 12-7.
  • The Spartans were ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division III entering Sunday's game.
  • York's senior class compiled a career record of 56-23.

AMHERST, Mass. — The No. 14 York College women's lacrosse team saw the 2016 season come to an end on Sunday with a 12-7 defeat at No. 8 Amherst in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship.

After leading 4-3 at halftime, Amherst used a six-goal run to start the second half to open a 10-3 lead and then held off a spirited comeback effort by the Spartans to preserve the win.

Rachel Saks, center, had three goals for York College on Sunday.

Amherst improved to 13-4, while York finished 12-7.

Rachel Saks (three goals, three ground balls), Allison Kolacy (two goals), Melissa Meehling (goal, assist) and Megan Strauch (four ground balls, four draw controls) paced the Spartans. Saks tied her career-high with her three goals on the day.

Notes: Amherst finished with a 10-4 advantage in saves while the teams were even in almost every other statistical category.

York set a program single-season record with a goals-against average of 5.95 and has had a top-10 scoring defense throughout the season.

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Kolacy finishes her career tied for seventh on the program's career scoring list with 110 points on 47 goals and 63 assists as her 63 assists ranks 2nd all-time.

Strauch finishes her career second in ground balls with 163, third in caused turnovers with 93, fifth in draw controls with 128 and second in both games played and games started with 74.

York goalie Rachel Donovan finishes second in career goals-against average (5.91), fourth in career wins with 15, fourth in career save percentage (.434) and set the new single-season goals-against average record with a mark of 5.85 this season.

Brittany Noell finishes her career with 74 total points on 72 goals and two assists, and finishes tied for fouirth with seven game-winning goals for her career.

York's senior class compiled an overall record of 56-23, with a record of 23-6 in Capital Athletic Conference games. The seniors have played in three CAC chamionship cames and have made four NCAA appearances.