YORK, PA – Despite the unseasonably gorgeous weather conditions on Saturday in south central Pennsylvania, the York College women’s lacrosse team was handed a not-so-sunny 19-8 defeat by visiting #23 Mary Washington. The loss drops the Spartans’ 2010 record back to .500 at 4-4, including a 0-3 mark in Capital Athletic Conference action, while the Eagles improve to 5-2 overall and a flawless 3-0 in the league.
York started the game with a promising effort as junior attack Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) put the Spartans up 1-0 just 1:01 into the contest. Starting in her second game of the season, Kerrigan provided the Green and White with an offensive spark as she would go on to notch four points in the contest.
Unfortunately for the home squad, it would not take long for their guests to respond. Mary Washington knotted the game at one just 17 seconds late on Brittany Butler’s 12th score of the season.
Butler would tally again at the 26:27 mark of the opening stanza, giving the Eagles their first lead a 2-1.
Undaunted early, the Spartans answered Butler’s back-to-back tallies just 31 seconds later. Rookie Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) finished a feed from Kerrigan to tie the score at two.
Katie Wallis then swung the momentum back to Mary Washington’s side as she tallied the Eagles’ third of the day before Lauren Callison put the visitors up 4-2.
With 21:18 left in the frame, Spartan freshman sensation Kimmy Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) tallied her 26th score of the year. Kerrigan again set up the goal as she found Wayson for her second assist of the contest.
However, it was at this point that Mary Washington took over the game. The Eagles embarked on a torrid 10-2 run to close out the first half and take a commanding 14-5 lead heading into the break. Allie Kimmelman was the catalyst behind the deluge of offense as she recorded a goal and six assists during the extended spurt.
The second half would prove a much more subdued affair as the squads combined for a mere eight goals over the latter 30 minutes.
Three of those eight came from the crosse of Mary Washington’s Catherine Kennedy as she upped her season total to a remarkable 31 goals.
For the game, the Eagles held a significant 38-23 lead in shots, holding the Spartans to a mere eight in the first half. Mary Washington picked up 33 ground balls to York’s 23 while grabbing four more draw controls than their hosts, 16-12.
Both Kennedy and Katie Wallis tallied six times for the visitors while Kimmelman posted eight helpers. Leigh Ann Redefer takes the win in the cage after making two saves over her 30 minutes before being relieved by Kathryn Stiltz who totaled six saves. Ellen Bitkowski picked up a game-high seven ground balls and caused a trio of turnovers.
Schultz and Kerrigan paced the Spartans offensively. Schultz notched four goals for the Spartan side while Kerrigan notched two scores and two helpers. Schultz also nabbed six ground balls, four draw controls, and caused five Eagle turnovers. Rookie defender Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding) caused four turnovers and collected three ground balls.
York will look to get back into the win column when they host Arcadia on Tuesday, March 23. The Spartans and Knights are slated for a 4:00 p.m. tilt at York’s Kinsley Field.
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