By Luke Christiansen
About the Knights
Southern Virginia is in its first season as a provisional NCAA program, and in its first season of Capital Athletic Conference play. The Knights enter the contest against No. 13 York (Pa.) off the heels of an 18-3 defeat at the hands of CAC foe Marymount.
Sophomores Rainey Whitworth and Zoe Bradshaw lead Southern Virginia with 12 goals apiece, while senior Caroline Schroeder has added nine goals on the season. Goalkeeper Kathryn Lyman has compiled 56 saves in 10 starts for the Knights. Senior Abigail Baxter has anchored the defense with 11 caused turnovers.
About the Spartans
York (10-3) is led by two-time CAC Coach of the Year, Jen Muston. The Spartans have notched strong victories over CAC members Mary Washington, Marymount, and Frostburg State this season. York finished 14-5 overall last season and earned the program's first NCAA tournament win.
The Spartans are led by senior Erica Mulford, who leads the team with 28 goals on the season. Sophomore Megan Stine leads York with 17 assists, while senior goalkeeper Ashley Smith has 105 saves on the season.