The York College women's lacrosse team saw its stellar 2017 season come to a close on Sunday in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
The 11th-ranked Spartans faced 10th-ranked Trinity (Connecticut) College on Sunday at Trinity and fell behind big, before narrowing the final gap to a respectable margin at 10-5. York finishes the campaign at 16-4. The 16 wins are a program record.
The Spartans spotted the Bantams to a 6-0 lead by halftime and eventually surrendered the first nine goals of the game. York finally stopped the run with just more than 15 minutes to play, but gave up the next goal to find itself down, 10-1. The Spartans finished strong, closing out the game on a 4-0 run.
Five different players scored a goal for York, with Melissa Meehling adding an assist. She was the only player to finish with a multi-point game. On the other side, Trinity had two players register hat-tricks, Kiley Coffey and Grace O'Donnell, while Karly Simpson also had two goals.
The Bantams (17-4) will go on to face Gettysburg College in the semifinals next Saturday, while The College of New Jersey will face Washington and Lee in the other semifinal. The championship game is slated for Sunday. All semifinal and championship games will be played in Salem, Virginia.
York advanced to the Elite Eight with an 8-7 overtime victory over Messiah College on Saturday.
Clauter named All-American: York sophomore defender Nicole Clauter added to her impressive list of achievements this year with a first team All-America selection by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Friday.
Clauter already wrapped up Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors earlier this month. Clauter is just the seventh Spartan in program history to earn All-America status and only the second to make the first team. She was one of two sophomores to make this year's first team and one of five total.
Clauter was the anchor of the York defense, which allowed just 5.92 goals against per game. She leads the Spartans in the two major defensive categories with 71 draw controls and 18 caused turnovers.