LaTROBE, Pa. – On the strength of their highest offensive output since 2008, the York College women's lacrosse team topped host St. Vincent 23-3 in a Wednesday afternoon non-conference tilt. The Spartans (6-1, 1-0 CAC) tied a program-high with those 23 goals, matching the Green and White's 23-3 result against Hood on March 11, 2008.
Jenna Hiponia put together a tremendous effort on Wednesday as she notched three of York's first four tallies to lead the Spartans to a 4-0 lead just over seven minutes into the game. The sophomore attack opened the scoring 1:40 into the first half and followed 1:20 later with her second of the day. Following a Leah Schultz goal at the 25:21 mark, Hiponia completed the hat trick as she tallied yet again, this time with 22:59 left in the first.
Opening up a 7-0 lead before the midway point of the half, Kim Wayson added four points during the initial onslaught with two goals and two assists, including the helper on Hiponia's third.
The Spartans continued to stretch their advantage throughout the half, pushing their lead to 12-1, courtesy of Kim Nicolich goal with 6:27 left in the frame. Melissa Ritchey finished the first frame with back-to-back goals as York opened up a 14-2 margin at the break.
The second half proved much like the first as the Spartans continued advance their lead. York scored the period's first eight goals, including Karlie Dougherty's first collegiate tally, to increase their lead to 22-2. Tessa Berger, who earlier had notched her first goal on the college level, closed out the scoring for the Green and White as she notched York's program-recording tying 23rd of the game.
Wayson recorded a game-high six points on three goals and three assists as she has now recorded 24 goals and 13 assists on the season – both team-highs. Meaghan Doak totaled a game-high four tallies and provided a helper while Kerri Nicolich registered a two goals and a two assists. Megan Brown and Lauren Kula also added tallies to the Spartan ledger.
Freshman Sarah Castle collected five draw controls for York while Shultz added four.
York returns to action on Saturday, March 17, when they host Wesley in the Spartans' second Capital Athletic Conference contest of the season. Game time from Kinsley Field is slated for 3:00 pm.
PHOTO: Jenna Hiponia cradles the ball during York's contest against Goucher earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org