April 4, 2012

Castle Nets Career-High Four; Spartans Set Program Record with Sixth CAC Win

ARLINGTON, Va. – Freshman midfielder Sarah Castle posted a career-high four goals Wednesday as the #13 York College women's lacrosse team registered a 21-8 Capital Athletic Conference triumph over Marymount (Va.) in Arlington, Va. The win boosts the Spartans record to 11-2 overall and 6-0 in league play, establishing a new program-high for regular season conference wins. The Saints drop to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in CAC action.

Castle, who has started in each of the Green and White's 13 games this season, netted four goals for the Spartans to set a personal career-best. Three of her four tallies came in the first half as York mounted a 15-4 lead at the break.

At the beginning of the contest, the Spartans raced out to a 7-0 advantage less than seven minutes into the game. Kim Wayson scored three of York's first four goals while reigning CAC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week Erica Mulford tallied twice. Castle and Kerri Nicolich added two for the Spartans during that opening run.

Owning the aforementioned 15-4 halftime lead, the Green and White would net six goals in the second half to secure the conference triumph.

Aside from Castle's four, senior Meaghan Doak also notched four goals for York and contributed an assist. Wayson, who also added an assist, posted a trio of goals to increase her team-leading season total to 44 goals as she has now scored an impressive 161 goals over her career, owning the program's career record by 61 tallies. Only a junior, she also is atop York's all-time points record (212) and career assists mark (51).

Fellow junior Katie Vautier notched five draw controls for the Spartans while Karlie Dougherty posted three caused turnovers.

Kelsey Evans recorded the victory in the cage as she notched two saves. Tina Nicklas and Ashley Smith finished off the CAC win for the Spartans.

Marymount's Stephanie Flood tallied three goals for the Saints while Jessica Kirshner posted two caused turnovers.

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, April 7, in a contest featuring a pair of conference unbeatens. York is slated to host #2 Salisbury at 3:00 pm.

PHOTO: Sarah Castle during York's game against Goucher earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org