York Catholic (5-0) defeated New Oxford (6-1) heavy handedly on Tuesday, beating 17-5 at York Catholic High School. The Fighting Irish had a four goal lead over the Colonials before the first five minutes of the game had passed. By the end of the first half, Anna Linthicum and Sarah Mazzur had already each completed the hat trick.
Below are a few takeaways from Tuesday’s game between two of the YAIAA’s top girls' lacrosse teams.
Spreading the scoring around: The Fighting Irish had nine different players get on the score sheet during their win over the previously undefeated Colonials. Linthicum finished the afternoon with four goals, Mazzur and Jamie Muller scored three. Carlin Mayer, Peyton Feder, Lisa Casagrande, Reiley Anderson, Amanda Tufano also found the back of the net.
“We don’t really depend on one player to win,” York Catholic head coach Rob Linthicum said after the game. “We’ve always been good about spreading the ball around. We’ve always been good about teamwork.”
Defense came up big: The Fighting Irish didn’t spend too much time without the ball, but when they did their defense held the Colonials at bay. New Oxford’s Braxton Reddinger found the back of the net five times, but the Irish did find ways to quell most of the Colonials' scoring chances, including Bridget Sterling racing back to breakup a New Oxford fast break in the second half.
York Catholic also managed to force New Oxford to turn the ball over 10 times during the course of Tuesday’s win.
Undefeated no more: Both sides knew someone was going to suffer their first loss of the season. After winning their first six games of the year, New Oxford finally has their first mark in the loss column. The Colonials are off to their best start in the program’s history.
The Irish remain one of two teams in the YAIAA that still have not suffered a loss this year.
Learning from the loss: New Oxford is hoping that they can learn from the 17-5 loss. The game against York Catholic is the first of four games where the Colonials play the top teams in the YAIAA. They’ll face Red Lion on Thursday, Susquehannock on April 21, and Kennard-Dale on May 2.
Reddinger hopes that her squad can pinpoint their mistakes from Tuesday before they face Red Lion, Susky, and Kennard-Dale
“It shows us what we need to work on,” Reddinger said about the loss. “And what we can do better obviously as a team. It just shows (we need) to get ready for the future cause we’re obviously going to play against tough teams. Not just this team, but we have to look forward to Susky and Kennard-Dale.”