DOVER, DEL – The York College women’s lacrosse team picked up an impressive 20-10 Capital Atheltic Conference win at Wesley College on Sunday afternoon. The Green and White improves to 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the CAC while the Wolverines fall to 7-7 overall and 1-5 in the league.
The Wolverines jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, striking for a pair of tallies just 1:26 into the game. The Spartans responded with a Kimmy Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) free position shot and a Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) goal just over five minutes into the game, tying the game at two.
Wesley recaptured the lead on a Brooke Bennett free position chance with 23:41 left in the opening half. The Spartans emphatically answered Bennett’s goal with four straight goals over a four-minute stretch. Wayson began the run and was followed by two Shultz goals and an Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) tally. After Wesley temporarily stopped the bleeding with a Meggan Apgar goal to cut the Spartan lead to 6-4, Wayson, Shultz and Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) recorded goals, giving York a 9-4 lead.
Wesley would get three of the last five goals of the half as the York lead stood at 11-7 through the first 30 minutes of play.
The Spartans blew the game wide open with a 7-0 run to begin the second half. Wayson scored three goals on the run as she continues her outstanding season. The freshman now has 56 goals and 15 assists for 71 points as she is closing in on the Spartans’ single-season record. She is five goals away from tying the goal scoring record and 14 points away from tying the single-season points record, currently held by former Spartan standout Ali Napolitano.
Wayson finished the game with a career-high seven goals on just 11 shots. She converted 3-of-5 free position shots as she continues to make a very impressive case for the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year award. Shultz added four goals and an assist for five points. She is also had a significant impact on the Spartan fortunes as Shultz has notched 37 points on 30 goals and seven assists in her first year donning the Green and White. Kanzler and White each contributed three goals while Kelsey Byrd (Jarrettsville, Md./North Harford) chipped in with two tallies of her own.
Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) and Tina Nicklas (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) split the duties in net for the Spartans. Evans played the opening 30 minutes and allowed seven goals while recording two saves on 11 shots. Nicklas played well with five saves and three goals against on nine Wesley shots.
Wesley had seven different players score in the game with Stephanie Bailey, Alyssa Prudente and Chelsea Buttacavoli each notching two scores for the hosts.
Alyssa Batty started in goal and played the first 47:40 for the Wolverines. She allowed 18 goals with six saves. Amanda Hudson played the final 12:20 and allowed two goals with two saves.
The Spartans outshot the Wolverines 40-20 while the Green and White held a slight 18-17 edge in ground balls. The draw controls were also close with York holding a 17-15 margin.
The Spartans close out their 2010 regular season with an important CAC contest at Marymount University on Wednesday night at 8:00 pm. The contest will help determine where the Spartans will be seeded in next week’s Capital Athletic Conference tournament.