YORK, Pa. – The #13 York College women's lacrosse team ran into a buzzsaw Saturday afternoon as #1 Salisbury University topped the Spartans 16-8 in Capital Athletic Conference action. With the defeat, York falls to 11-3 on the season and suffers their first in-conference loss moving to 6-1 in the CAC. The top-ranked Sea Gulls stay unbeaten as they improve to 12-0 overall and 5-0 in league play.
Salisbury effectively used a 9-0 first half run to open up a sizable advantage. Spanning from 16:45 left in the first stanza through the 3:09 mark, Salisbury registered nine straight goals, five of which came from Lauren Feusahrens.
York broke up that run courtesy of a Melissa Ritchey goal with 2:33 to play, but Salisbury answered before the end of the half. Feusahrens notched her sixth goal of the first half with just eight seconds remaining in the opening frame.
Down 11-3 at the break, the Spartans did tally five goals in the second half but it would not prove to be enough against the talented Salisbury squad. The Sea Gulls also recorded five tallies in the latter frame and came away with the 16-8 triumph.
Early in the contest, the Spartans owned a 2-1 lead. After the Sea Gulls took a 1-0 lead, Leah Schultz, with 20:44 remaining in the first, found the back of the Sea Gull cage with her first of three goals on the day. Less than four minutes later, Schultz found Kerri Nicolich who finished off the tally to give the Green and White an early 2-1 margin.
For the game, both sides registered 23 shots while Salisbury held a 16-11 advantage in ground balls. York did get the better of the final count in draw controls, owning a 16-10 advantage by the end of the contest.
Feusahrens led the Salisbury attack with six goals and one assist while Katie Bollhorst notched four tallies and two helpers. Allie Wheatley nabbed two draw controls and caused two turnovers. Goalkeeper Ashton Wheatley collected the win as she made nine saves over her 60 minutes of action.
For the Spartans, Schultz put together a strong effort. The junior midfielder posted a career-high ten draw controls, netted three goals, dished out one assist, and secured four ground balls. Schultz is now just 17 draw controls away from tying York's all-time record of 179 career draw controls set by Megan Bell who played for the Green and White from 2006-2009.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, April 10, as they travel to #17 Stevens. York's sixth contest against a ranked squad this season – the Spartans are now 2-3 against the nation's top-20 in 2012 – is set to begin at 5:00 pm.
PHOTO: Leah Schultz on the draw control during York's contest against Goucher earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org