Spartans Push #6 F&M; Defense Steps Up in Close Contest

Spartans Push #6 F&M; Defense Steps Up in Close Contest

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team fought to the very end Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference contest with #6 Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats. The Spartans lost 7-6 as they fell to an overall record of 4-1 and 1-0 in the conference. The Diplomats victory improves them to an overall record of 2-0.

To start the game the Diplomats were quite composed producing two fairly quick goals in the beginning of the match. Kara Stanley scored the first goal of the game with only 1:40 time coming off the clock.. Lauren Ehrhardt scored three minutes later after the Stanley goal to give F&M a 2-0 lead.

Once the Green and White settled down, goalie Kelsey Evans and defender Katie Vautier led a Spartan defense that began to tighten the clamps.  The Spartans held the Diplomats scoreless for nearly 20 minutes. The confidence started to build for the York squad and with 6:53 remaining in the first period Erica Mulford capitalized on a free position shot to break the ice for the Spartans.

After their scoreless 20 minutes, the Diplomats third goal came from Ehrhardt with 4:46 remaining to extend their lead to 3-1.

With 2:31 left in the first period, Leah Schultz provided a much-needed spark by scoring her eighth of the season. The goal brought the game to a one point deficit for the Spartans going into the half 3-2.

With the clock winding down in the first stanza, F&M looked to go up 4-2 heading into the break. However, Vautier had different ideas. The Diplomats attempted to send a pass from the top of the area inside the arc for a quick last second score. However, Vautier got her stick to the pass knocking it away and securing the ensuing ground ball, giving the Green and White significant momentum.

Following halftime. York received a goal scored from Kerri Nicolich with 26:49 remaining in the second period that was assisted by Kim Wayson.

After another two quick goals from F&M to extend their lead to 5-3 Mulford and Wayson both contributed unassisted goals to deadlock the score at 5-5.

The Spartans continued to battle late in the game but surrendered two goals in the last seven minutes, as F&M led 7-5.

Despite being down two goals, York gave F&M a bit of a scare late in the contest. An exciting last few minutes put the fans on the edge of their seats. As 17 seconds remained on the clock, Wayson was awarded a free position shot. The junior attack then connected with the back of the net to bring the Green and White within one.

The Spartans comeback bid however, was halted as the last draw control went to the Diplomats.

Evans played a brilliant game with providing the Spartans with nine saves. She kept the Green and White in the contest throughout the 60 minutes with numerous close range stops. Vautier led the Spartan defense once again as she registered three caused turnovers as well as three draw controls. As a team, the Green and White caused seven turnovers in the game largely due to the strong defensive effort from Vautier.

Wayson and Mulford both contributed two goals each to add to a combination of 29 goals.

Ehrhardt led the Diplomats with two goals of her own and the victory gave their goalie Kelsey Hoffman the win for the match.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, March 10, when they travel to Dickinson for another non-conference game. The first draw is set for 12:00 pm.

PHOTO: Spartan goalkeeper Kelsey Evans looks on during York's contest against Goucher earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair -

Game recap written by Travis Bowman - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Practicum Student