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Slick Spartan Keeps Filling Up the Nets

By: STEVE NAVAROLI
York Daily Record / Sunday News

On Saturday, York College's Kim Wayson was "held" two goals and one assist when the Spartans dropped a Capital Athletic Conference women's lacrosse game to St. Mary's College.

Considering the typical pace in which Wayson scores goals, the Seahawks did an incredible job during their 12-10 win.

After her pair of goals, Wayson now has a CAC-leading 56 this season to go along with 32 assists in only 14 games.

For her career, she has scored 113 goals (3.76 per game) and has 145 points -- both of which are York College records.

Oh, and she is only a sophomore.

"I knew she had the talent," Spartans coach Jen Dragoni said. "I think she just experienced success maybe faster than she thought. Her freshman year she surprised herself that she was one the of main looks on our attack."

Wayson had a simple answer when asked how she became such a goal-scoring machine.

"I don't know, it just happened," she said.

Teammate Molly Kerrigan, one of York's captains, has an up-close view of Wayson in action.

"She is looked to as a key player," Kerrigan said. "If we need a fast break or a goal, we look to her. Her split from the top, I can't do it. I have tried -- can't do it. In practice, they know what she is going to do and can't stop her."

In a way, Wayson represents the overall jump in the Spartans program. With one regular-season game remaining, York's 11-3 record has already equaled its high for wins.

The Spartans have claimed one-sided victories, won close games, and even posted a rare shutout this season with a 21-0 drubbing of Hood College.

York's future looks pretty good, too, as Kerrigan is one of only four players that celebrated senior day on Saturday. She is amazed by the caliber of players Dragoni has brought in during her four seasons at the helm.

"The year Kimmy's class came in you could see there was so much talent," she said. "It added a lot of depth to our team and really started to move the program in the right direction.

"Then with this year's recruiting class, we have been able to do so much more, run defenses and offenses that we haven't been able to do. We are 11-3 and never been there before."

The coach knows it takes time to develop a tradition.

"We have spent a lot of time building the program and spent a lot of time recruiting with my other coaches to get the kind of kids we want here," Dragoni said. "Add in the leadership with the talent and recruits, it is why we are at where we are."

The coach recruited the 5-foot-8 Wayson out of Southern High School in Harwood, Md.

"I knew she had the potential," Dragoni said. "She is very athletic, I like her height a lot. She is one of fastest girls on the team. She has a great stick and a great shot.

"In high school when she was playing, I knew if she developed those things a little but further, she would be dangerous."

Wayson didn't take up lacrosse until she entered seventh grade. She played recreation, one year of club, then played for her high school team. Still, she was good enough to be on the Under Armour All-American team.

With her choice of schools, the business administration major found York to her liking and is thrilled with the decision.

"I was looking all around from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Coach is a big reason I came here," she said. "And it is close to home. It just seemed like a comfortable fit. I feel really comfortable with the team. That is really awesome."

snavaroli@ydr.com; 771-2060

Kim Wayson photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com



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