Big First Half Leads York to CAC Triumph

Big First Half Leads York to CAC Triumph

YORK, Pa. – The #18 York College women's lacrosse team posted a 20-6 Capital Athletic Conference triumph over visiting Wesley on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans' victory puts the Green and White at a 7-1 mark this season and 2-0 in CAC action while the Wolverines stand at 4-4 and 0-2 in league play.

York proved to be dominant on offense early in the first half as the Spartans raced out to a 9-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the contest. Kim Wayson provided three of those tallies while assisting on three others during that span.

The key to that sizable early advantage proved to be York's command of the draw. Remarkably, the Green and White won each of the first 14 draw controls over the game's first 21:12. Leah Schultz won the first two draw controls while Jordan Hall notched four during that span.

Schultz not only contributed mightily on the draw, winning a total of four on the day, she also poured in four goals, each within the first 14 minutes of play. The talented junior midfielder has snagged a team-high 26 draw controls while amassing 14 goals on the year.

With 16:14 remaining in the first half, Sarah Castle's first goal of the game gave the Green and White an 11-1 double-digit advantage, one they would not relinquish for the remainder of the league tilt. The Spartans would go on to tally two more goals in the opening frame, courtesy of Kim Nicolich and Jenna Hiponia, as the first half ended with York owning a 13-1 lead over Wesley.

The Spartans continued their attacking style into the second half as Hiponia netted the first goal of the period just 32 seconds after the halftime break.

York went on to score seven more goals, including a Kerri Nicolich tally at the 21:37 mark which maxed out the Green and White's lead at 15 with the score standing at 17-2.  

Kasie White notched the Spartans' final goal of the weekend contest as she tallied her first of the year on an assist from Allison Green with 2:24 remaining in the game.

York outshot their guests 35-10, including 25-5 in the first half, while securing 22 of the 28 possible draw controls. Of the Spartans' 20 goals on the day, 14 came by way of assist, including five of their last six.

Aside from Wayson's and Schultz's proficiency in the attacking end, Castle recorded the first hat trick of her young Spartan career while Hiponia notched two goals.

To Wesley's credit, the Wolverines continued to play throughout the 60 minutes as Alyssa Prudente netted four goals and provided an assist while Jen Jacobs scored two tallies.

The Spartans return to action on Tuesday, March 20, when they host #19 Stevenson in York's third CAC tilt of the season. Game time is slated for 4:00 pm.

PHOTO: Leah Schultz surveys the field during York's contest against Goucher earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair -