Junior Trio Leads Spartans to Late Triumph at #17 Stevens Tech
HOBOKEN, N.J. – Spartan juniors Leah Schultz, Kim Wayson, and Katie Vautier led the #13 York College women's lacrosse team to an exciting 8-7 triumph over #17 Stevens Tech on Tuesday evening in Hoboken, N.J. Schultz and Wayson each netted three goals, including the game-tying and game-winning tallies, while Vautier posted a trio of caused turnovers, to help push the Green and White to 12-3 on the season, just one win shy of their all-time wins record of 13 set last season.
Facing a 7-6 deficit with less than two minutes left in the contest, Schulz knotted the game at seven courtesy of her third goal of the day as just 1:57 remained on the clock.
The ensuing draw control went the Ducks' (7-4) way as Stevens corralled the ball. However, Vautier did not allow the Ducks to keep it long. The outstanding Spartan defender caused a turnover and snagged the ground ball for the Green and White, giving her squad a chance to take the lead.
And take the lead they did.
With just 36 seconds remaining in regulation, York's all-time leader in goals came through with the 165th tally of her career. Wayson netted what would prove to be the game-winner allowing the Spartans to come away with the top-20 road victory.
York's triumph marks their third win over a ranked squad this season. The Spartans also bested a pair of Capital Athletic Conference foes this year as they defeated Stevenson (#19) and Mary Washington (#13) earlier in the 2012 campaign.
The Green and White actually held a 4-1 lead in the first half of Tuesday's contest as Schultz, Wayson, Kerri Nicolich, and Sarah Castle each found the back of the net. Nicolich and Castle finished off chances just 49 seconds apart as York opened up their three-goal margin with 16:10 to play in the opening stanza.
However, the home squad responded with a 4-0 run through the end of the first half and into the second. Stevens finished that spurt and took a 5-4 lead via a Michelle Buonacuore free-position goal with 18:28 left in the first.
Both squads traded the next four goals, a stretch that the Ducks' Gabrielle Gordon completed wit a free-position goal. That effort, with just 2:56 left, gave Stevens the aforementioned 7-6 lead.
For the contest, the Spartans outshot their hosts 24-12 while owning a slight 9-8 edge in draw controls. Stevens did grab a 19-17 lead in ground balls.
In addition to her three goals, Wayson also provided a trio of assists giving her 55 for her career. York's previous career record was 45, a mark Wayson had broken earlier this season, which was set by Spartan standout Alison Napolitano.
Schultz corralled five draw controls for the Green and White while Vautier added four ground balls to her trio of caused turnovers.
Erica Mulford tallied two helpers for the Green and White while Jordan Hall collected three ground balls. Kelsey Evans records the victory in the Spartan cage, posting three saves over her 60 minutes of work.
Buonacuore totaled four points on three goals and one assist for the Ducks while Gordon and Spencer Waybright each recorded two tallies.
The Spartans will look to tie their 2011 wins record and move to 7-1 in the CAC this season when they return to action on Tuesday, April 17. York is slated to travel to St. Mary's (Md.) next week for their final regular season game of the 2012 campaign. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 pm.
PHOTO: Katie Vautier defends a Goucher opponent during York's contest against the Gophers earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org
NOTE: Kim Wayson was originally credited with 162 career goals and 52 career assists. The correct numbers are 165 career goals and 55 career assists. York College (Pa.) athletic communications apologizes for this error.