York, Pa. – For the first time this season, the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team is experiencing a skid as the Seahawks dropped their second straight contest with a 15-9 setback at the hands of No. 15 York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon.
The loss moves St. Mary's (11-4, 5-2 CAC) into a two-way tie for third in the CAC with Christopher Newport University. With one game left in the regular season, the Seahawks still have a shot at a first-round bye if CNU beats York and SMCM beats Frostburg State University to force a three-way tie for second between CNU, SMCM, and York and therefore, forcing a coin toss to determine the second, third, and fourth seeds.
The upcoming 2015 CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament which begins April 21st with first round action. St. Mary's will look to end the regular season on a high note when the Seahawks host Frostburg State this Saturday, April 18th at 12:00 p.m.
Junior captain Tori Poffenberger (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) led the Seahawks with a game-best four points on a goal and three assists while sophomore midfielder Ali Moulis (Centreville, Md./Queen Anne's County) collected her second hat trick of the season. Sophomore midfielder Erika Kopf (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) also tallied three points on a goal and two helpers.
York (11-4, 6-1 CAC) and St. Mary's were tied 1-1 at 25:31 as the two sides scored 1:20-minutes apart. The Spartans then rattled of seven straight to post an 8-1 advantage at 11:21. St. Mary's netted two of the final three goals of the half to close the gap to 9-3 at halftime.
Junior attacker Brittany Noell (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) led all scorers at halftime with two goals while Poffenberger notched a goal and an assist to pace the Seahawks in the first half.
St. Mary's outscored the Spartans 3-2 in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza to cut the deficit to 11-6 at 20:42 behind a goal and a helper from Kopf. York responded with a 4-3 run to close out game for the six-goal victory and sole possession of second place.
The Spartans outshot St. Mary's, 35-16, and posted a 17-11 edge in ground balls. York also controlled draw controls with a 19-7 margin.
First-year Lexi Thorne (Riva, Md./Pallotti) registered a season-best 15 saves, including 11 in the first half, and three ground balls while first-year Charlotte Wright (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) turned away four shots and picked up two loose balls in York's fourth straight win.
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