York College women's lacrosse team lets 5-goal lead get away, falls shot of Final Four


The York College women's lacrosse team came up just short on Sunday in its bid for an NCAA Division III Final Four berth.

Meghan Fox had eight goals over the weekend in a pair of NCAA Division III women's lacrosse games in Vermont. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

The Spartans led by five goals in the second half but couldn't hold on in an 11-10 loss to Middlebury in Vermont in an Elite Eight contest.

York came into the game ranked No. 5 nationally in D-III by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, while Middlebury was No. 6

It looked as if the Spartans were headed to the Final Four for the first time in program history before Middlebury scored seven-straight second-half goals turn a 9-4 York lead into an 11-9 Middlebury advantage.

York scored the final goal of the game, but couldn't get the equalizer. York is now 0-4 all-time in NCAA D-III regional finals and 8-7 all-time in NCAA action.

Meghan Fox powered the Spartans' attack with four goals, while Regan Cook and Melissa Meehling added two scores each. Devin Hursey added two assists for York. Charlotte Wright made 12 saves for York.

The Spartans finished at 15-5, while Middlebury improved to 19-2.

York advanced to Sunday's contest by earning a 13-6 win over Catholic University on Saturday at Middlebury. The Spartans avenged a 14-13 loss to the Cardinals on March 27 in Washington.

Fox also had four goals in that game. Hursey (goal, two assists), Hayley McCormick (goal, two assists), Baleigh Bradley (goal, two assists), Cook (two goals) and Meehling (two goals) excelled in that game. Wright made seven saves vs. Catholic.

Fox finished her sophomore season with the most points on the team with 67 on 57 goals and 10 assists. Her 57 goals is tied for fourth in school history.

Nicole Clauter set a school record for draw controls in a season with 112. Clauter also had 29 caused turnovers, the fourth-most in a season. Kayleigh Phillips finished with 84, the third-most all-time

Wright's 152 saves is the fifth-most in a year and her save percentage of .524 is the best in a year all-time.