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York College Celly Arthur, seen here at right in a file photo, had three goals and five assists on Thursday in a 15-4 win vs. Widener.

The York College women’s lacrosse team is going to get another shot at unbeaten Messiah.

The second-seeded Spartans and the top-seeded Falcons both earned Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Tournament semifinal victories on Thursday to set up a championship showdown on Saturday between the two schools located just more than 20 miles apart. 

The Spartans cruised past Widener in York, 15-4, while Messiah downed Stevenson at Grantham, 10-8.

The Spartans outscored the Pride 11-2 in the second half after taking a 4-2 lead to the break.

The title game is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Messiah.

York improved to 12-2 overall, with one of those losses coming on April 7 vs. Messiah, 14-8.

The Spartans will enter Saturday’s championship showdown ranked No. 13 in the latest Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association NCAA Division III national poll. Messiah (15-0) is No. 12 in that same poll.

Celly Arthur powered York over Widener (7-6) with three goals and five assists. Other standouts for the Spartans were Jenna Cholowinski (four goals), Riley Roeder (two goals), Chloe MacDonald (two goals) and Kiersten Blanchard (goal, assist).

Stevenson dropped to 10-4 with the loss to Messiah.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.