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Youth Movement Powers Spartans in Season Opener
YORK, PA – The revamped York College women’s
lacrosse opened up the 2010 campaign in victorious fashion Saturday
afternoon with an 8-7 triumph over visiting Montclair State at the
Spartans’ Kinsley Field. The Spartans used six first-half
goals and bookend scores in the second frame to notch the one-goal
Freshman Kimberly Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) put on a tremendous offensive showing in just her first collegiate game. The Spartan rookie led York’s attack with three goals and an assist, while posting the game-winner with just 5:17 remaining.
The Green and White opened with an outpouring of offense in the first stanza, beginning with a Meg Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) tally just 1:05 into the game.
York would score five more times in the first 30 minutes, including two by Wayson, as the squads went into the break with a 6-3 Spartan advantage
Foy, a senior captain in 2010, stretched that lead to 7-3 with a free position score 3:05 into the second stanza.
With the four-goal cushion, the Spartan side relaxed ever-so-slightly allowing Montclair to embark on a gritty spurt over a nearly 12-minute span. That run, aided by back-to-back goals from Morgan McPhee, vanquished York’s lead as the non-conference tilt was suddenly knotted at 7-7 with 14:23 to play.
It would be a pair of rookies, however, that would provide the late-game heroics for the Spartans. Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County), who garnered a start in her first collegiate contest, found a cutting Wayson with a quality pass before Wayson hammered home York’s eighth goal of the contest with 5:17 remaining.
The Spartans effectively killed off the final five minutes without allowing the Red Hawks a single attempt on goal.
On the day, the home squad held a slight 21-20 edge in shots over their guests as well as a 24-22 advantage in groundballs.
Aside from Wayson’s exploits, Foy notched a pair of goals for the Green and White while White, Meaghan Doak (Pylesville, Md./Harford Tech), and Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) each scored. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) posted a fantastic effort in her first collegiate outing. She made six saves for the York side including several on point-blank attempts.
For the Red Hawks, McPhee led all scorers with four goals while Lauren Adams, Kayla Henderson, and Kristin Quigley each tallied once.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, February 24, when the Green and White host Capital Athletic Conference foe Stevenson in a 3:30 p.m. tilt.
Kimberly Wayson photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgephoto.smugmug.com