Mustang Comeback Downs Spartans

YORK, PA – The York College women’s lacrosse team suffered a 14-11 Capital Athletic Conference loss Wednesday evening to visiting Stevenson University. The Mustangs tallied six of the game’s final seven goal en route to their second victory in as many tries this season. The Spartans fall to 1-1 overall and 0-1 in CAC action.

The Green and White had an outstanding first 45 minutes of the 60-minute contest. In a back-and-forth affair, the home squad took a 10-8 advantage midway through the second half courtesy of three consecutive scores. Down 8-7, sophomore Meaghan Doak (Pylesville, Md./Harford Tech) knotted the game at eight with 21:22 remaining in the contest after a great Kimberly Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) dish.

Wayson would then provide the Spartans with a two-goal advantage by the 14:19 mark. The Spartan rookie, who tallied a total of four goals against Stevenson, cashed in on a free position shot to give York a 9-8 lead before utilizing a great individual effort to come from behind the Mustang goal and slot home York’s 10th of the afternoon.

Despite York’s lead, the visitors turned it on offensively during the final 14 minutes of the game. Lauren Zegowitz began the Mustang comeback with 11:50 left in the game. Zegowitz bulled her way down the field until unleashing an attempt from the right side of the goal that found netting.

A mere 45 seconds later, standout Lisa Baker, who had been quiet throughout the game, tied the score at 10. Baker scooped up a loose ball from behind the Spartan net before coming around the front side and hammering home her fifth goal of the season.

Zegowitz and Baker officially opened the floodgates as each would add to the Mustang total. Zegowitz put the Mustangs up 11-10 before Baker tallied back-to-back scores to give the visitors a 13-10 advantage with 6:52 remaining.

Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough), another of York’s talented freshmen, got the Spartans back on track as she scored off an Ashley Kanzler (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) assist with a manageable 6:12 on the clock. Kanzler found herself free on the left side of the goal before Schultz broke open right in front. Kanzler fed the rookie who whirled and notched her second goal of her young career.

Alas, that effort would not begin a Spartan run as Megan Weiss dashed any thoughts of a comeback. Weiss would finish a feed from Zegowitz with 4:19 remaining, providing the final 14-11 score.

For the game, Stevenson held a 29-21 lead in shots while the Spartans owned a slight 20-18 edge in ground balls.

Wayson continued her offensive onslaught as she led the York squad with four goals on the afternoon, giving the current CAC Women’s Lacrosse Player-of-the-Week, a team-high seven goals for 2010. Schultz, Doak, and Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) each added a pair of scores while Meg Foy (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) tallied once. Spartan captain Kelly Vrana (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist) led the defensive effort with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) totaled seven saves in the loss.

For the visitors, Baker, Zegowitz, and Weiss each scored three times to pace the offense. Each of Baker’s scores came within the Mustangs’ final surge. Zegowitz also notched four ground balls while Corrinn Thompson and Lauren Taguding each garnered a pair of caused turnovers. Jenny Schroeder captured the win in net for the Mustangs making six stops on the day.

The Spartans now hit the road as they will embark on their spring break trip to Dallas, Texas. While there, the Green and White are slated to play two contests beginning with Lycoming on Wednesday, March 3.

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Leah Shultz photo courtesy of Scott Guise