YORK, Pa. – With two seconds remaining in the contest, sophomore goalkeeper Tina Nicklas stoned a free-position attempt as the York College women's lacrosse team bested Stevenson 10-9 in Capital Athletic Conference action. With the victory the Spartans improve to 8-2 overall and 3-2 in the CAC while the Mustangs drop to 6-5 and 3-2 in league play.
Up by one with a mere four ticks left on the clock, Stevenson was awarded a free-position attempt. Looking to knot the score and send the conference tilt into overtime, the Mustangs sent a shot toward the Spartan cage as time quickly drifted away. That effort would be found wanting however, as Nicklas came up with the big save for the Spartan side to preserve the lead and ultimately the triumph.
Overall, Nicklas stood tall for York throughout the match. as she tallied 15 saves, on 34 total Stevenson shots, during her 60 minutes of work.
Offensively, fellow sophomore Leah Schultz paced the Green and White with a game-high four goals. After Stevenson went up 1-0 early in the contest, Schultz led the Spartans on a 4-0 run to open up a three-goal advantage. Schultz tallied her first three during that spurt including back-to-back goals midway through the opening stanza.
The Spartans, who trailed only once, stretched their lead to four on four separate occasions. That final four-goal advantage came via Kim Wayson's 43rd tally of the season as she gave the Green and White a 10-6 lead with nine minutes to play.
From there, York was able to ride out Stevenson's late push as the Mustangs notched three goals over the final 6:42. With only 28 seconds left, Stevenson's Leah Warner brought the hosts to within one for the first time since the score was 2-1 York with 20 minutes remaining in the first half.
That would be as close as Stevenson would get however, as Nicklas' late save secured the win for the Spartans.
For the game, Schultz filled the stat sheet as she continues to display her prowess all over the field. Aside from the sophomore standout's four goals, she also registered a game-high five ground balls while also notching two draw controls and two caused turnovers
Wayson and Toni DiLeonardi each recorded a pair of tallies for the Spartans while Erica Mulford and Kerri Nicolich each netted a score. Sophomore defender Katie Vautier posted three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
For the Mustangs, Warner scored three goals and distributed one assist while also collecting three ground balls and two draw controls. Marissa Meiklejohn notched two scores while four other Mustangs each posted one.
The Green and White, who have now won three out of their last four, return to action on Thursday, March 31. York travels to Arcadia for a 4:00 pm non-conference contest.
Tina Nicklas photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College athletic communications practicum student