YORK, Pa. – The #17 York College women's lacrosse team posted a 14-9 Capital Athletic Conference victory over the visitors from Stevenson University Tuesday evening. The Green and White's victory improves them to an overall record of 8-1 and 3-0 in CAC play while the #19 Mustangs fall to 4-3 and 1-1 in league action.
York was able to establish their offense early in the first half as the Green and White notched four goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. Kerri Nicolich provided the first of the four and was followed by Erica Mulford, Jenna Hiponia, and Kim Wayson. In combination, the strong Spartan defense was able to hold the Mustangs to a scoreless first 17 minutes.
Wayson and Hiponia quickly reacted to a Stevenson goal Erin Fischer goal with 13:12 remaining on the first half to add another two goals to the Spartan advantage that gave the Green and White a 6-1 lead.
The remainder of the first half proved even as both teams tallied two goals in the last eight minutes to bring the score to 8-4 going into intermission. The last goal of the half came from Leah Schultz who connected with the back of the net with 1:34 remaining to give York some momentum going into half.
As play resumed, the Mustangs came out of the break firing as they posted two goals within the first five minutes to cut the Spartan lead down to two at 8-6 with 25:10 left in the contest.
With the Spartans facing some early adversity in the second half, sophomore Kerri Nicolich provided York with the squad's ninth goal, this one courtesy of a Melissa Ritchey assist to give the Spartans a three-goal lead once again.
After the early surge from Stevenson, York was able to hold on to the lead throughout the remainder of the game. Schultz provided most of the firepower for the Green and White in the second half as she connected three times more times. Schultz was able to create her own shots, as two of her goals were unassisted while the other was given to her from a beautiful assist from Mulford.
Over the last 20 minutes, the Spartans remained steady and composed as they were able to secure the CAC victory.
York out-shot the Mustangs 32-21 as the Green and White's well-rounded attack resulted in 29 shots on goal.
Offensively, Schultz finished with four goals while Ritchey tallied one goal and four assists. Mulford notched five points on two goals and three helpers while Wayson and Nicolich each found the back of the net twice.
The Green and White captured a vast majority of the draw controls from today's game, mostly due to the outstanding effort of Schultz and junior defender Katie Vautier who combined for 14 of York's 19 draw controls. Schultz grabbed nine draws while Vautier, utilizing her ability to race in and snag possession, collected five. The Mustangs were held to only six draw controls the entire match.
York goalkeeper Kelsey Evans provided great defense at the net, recording eight saves, including a tremendous stop with 21:41 remaining in the second half and York holding a 9-6 advantage. She captures the victory to increase her 2012 record in the net to 7-1.
To Stevenson's credit, they were able to fight the entire game with help from Marissa Meiklejohn who tallied four goals of her own. Goalkeeper Jenny Schroeder put together a strong performance in the Mustang cage as she came up with 15 saves on the afternoon.
The Green and White return to action on Saturday, March 24, at 1:00pm as they host #12 Messiah in a non-conference tilt.
PHOTO: Erica Mulford carries the ball against a Stevenson defender during York's CAC tilt against the Mustangs on Tuesday in York. Courtesy of Scott Guise - York College (Pa.) Director of Athletic Communications.
Game recap written by Travis Bowman - York College (Pa.) Athletic Communications Practicum Student.