Spartans Nab Commanding 17-5 Victory

Spartans Nab Commanding 17-5 Victory

YORK, PA – The York College women’s lacrosse team put on an offensive showcase Tuesday afternoon, topping visiting Arcadia 17-5 in York. The Spartans improve their 2010 season mark to 5-4 while the Knights drop to 0-3 on the year.

The Green and White put together an all-around offensive game as nine players scored, six of which notched multiple goals.

Sophomore midfielder Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) posted an exceptional performance, recording two goals and three assists for a game-high five points. Rookie standout Kimmy Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) tallied four points of her own, on three scores and one helper, as she now sits atop the Spartan leaders in goals scored with 30 on the season.

Rookie defender Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding) splashed her name throughout the stat sheet. She totaled six caused turnovers, five ground balls, and three draw controls as Vautier won numerous possessions for the Spartan side.

Meg Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North), one of York’s three captains this season, got in on the exceptional-performance act with two goals, one assist, and a game-high seven ground balls as well as a trio of draw controls.

The Spartans took control of the game early as Wayson scored just 40 seconds after the opening whistle. Fellow freshman Lauren Kula (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) gave York a 2-0 lead 1:06 later, converting a free position shot.

Arcadia’s Stephanie Holguin brought the visitors to within one, scoring on a free position shot of her own, with 26:46 left in the first half.

York would then embark on a 7-1 run over the stanza’s next 18:04, a spurt that included a pair of scores by Molly Kerrigan (Bel Air, Md./Institute of Notre Dame), to take a commanding 9-2 lead heading into the break.

The Green and White never looked back from there, notching the second half’s first six goals. That sixth tally came from junior Katie Bowers (Chantilly, Va./Chantilly) who notched her first of the year, finishing off one of Kanzler’s three assists to give York a 15-2 advantage with 15:16 left to play. York then took their collective foot “off the gas” and cruised to a 17-5 victory.

Dominant in all facets of the contest, the Spartans registered 40 shots to Arcadia’s 15, picked up ten more ground balls (30-20), and snagged 18 of the game’s 24 draw controls.

For the Knights Holguin scored three times while Jenni Groves tallied twice. Arcadia netminder Evelyn Ciaburri played valiantly in the cage as she recorded 12 saves for the Knights.

Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and Tina Nicklas (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) split time in goal for the Spartans. Evans notched a pair of saves in the first half while Nicklas stopped three shots in the latter frame.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, March 27, when they travel to Frederick, Md. for a Capital Athletic Conference tilt with Hood. The CAC contest is slated for a noon start.


Photo: Ashley Kanzler takes a shot against Arcadia Tuesday afternoon in York - courtesy of Scott Guise