FROSTBURG, MD – The York College women's lacrosse team got back on the winning side of the ledger as the 16th ranked Spartans posted a 19-6 Capital Athletic Conference win at Frostburg State University on Wednesday afternoon in Frostburg, MD.
The Spartans improve to 9-2 overall and 4-0 in the CAC while the Bobcats fall to 4-6 and 2-2 in the league.
The Green and White got on top of the Bobcats early. Kerri Nicolich opened the scoring with a free position goal just 2:33 into the game. The Bobcats did answer back, tying the game at one on a Malory Brunett goal on a free position shot at the 25:03 mark of the first.
Frostburg State forged a short-lived lead 2-1 lead when Myra Derbyshire scored 1:14 later off a pass from Taylor Cassatt. After that goal, the Spartan offense took off. The Spartans tied the game on Nicolich's second goal, another free position shot at the 22:21 mark. That tally started a run of ten straight Spartan goals that turned a 2-1 deficit into an 11-2 Spartan advantage.
The ten-goal spurt featured three goals from Nicholich and two from the Spartans' top scorer Kim Wayson as the Spartans took an 11-2 lead to the break.
The Spartans added to the run to start the second as Lauren Kula recorded her second goal of the day on a free position shot 1:49 into the second half. Wayson added her third goal of the day just over a minute later as the Spartan lead grew to 13-2.
The Bobcats halted the Spartan spurt with an Ali Kapustin goal at the 25:47 mark but Nicolich recorded her fifth goal of the contest with 21:14 left in regulation, pushing the York lead to 14-3. The Spartan lead dipped to 10 with a Frostburg goal at the 19:10 mark but back-to-back goals from Wayson and Ashley Kanzler pushed the York lead back to 12. The Spartan lead would not fall below 11 the rest of the way before York settled for the 13-goal victory.
Nicolich powered the Spartan offense as she tallied five goals while Wayson contributed four tallies. Kula, Ashley Kanzler, and Kasie White each contributed two goals to the explosive Spartan offense. Junior Leah Schultz had nine draw controls while she also contributed a goal and an assist in the victory.
Malory Brunett paced the Bobcats with three goals and a trio of ground balls while Kapustin contributed two goals.
The Spartans dominated the statistical categories as they outshot the Bobcats 36-12 including a 26-12 in shots on goal. York finished with a 22-5 edge in draw controls while the Spartans were a perfect 11-for-11 in clears.
York's Kelsey Evans played the first 42:34 of the game and notched five saves for the Spartans while she allowed five goals. Tina Nicklas manned the final 17:26, allowing one goal while registering one save during her stint in the pipes.
Karoline Miller started for Frostburg and was peppered for 10 goals in 22:25 of work. She made four saves as she was straddled with the loss. Naomi Swann played the final 37:35 and allowed nine goals with three saves for the Bobcats.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host 13th ranked Mary Washington in a crucial Capital Athletic Conference contest. First draw is set for 1:00 pm.
Photo courtesy of Zach Rogers, Athletic Communications Student Photographer