Spartans Open Season With Win Over Goucher
TOWSON, Md. – The York College women's lacrosse team opened up their 2013 campaign in fine style on Saturday afternoon with an 18-10 victory over Goucher in Towson, Md. The win gives the Spartans a 1-0 record to start the season, while the Gophers fall to 0-1.
The Spartans had 10 different players in the scoring column. Senior Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern), York's all-time leader in goals scored, recorded four goals and added three assists. Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) saw all three of her goals come in the first half of play. Mulford also tallied an assist.
Senior Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) got the game started for the Green and White with back-to-back goals in the opening minutes of the game. The Spartans used the momentum and went on a 5-0 run in the first seven minutes of play. Goucher earned their first goal of the game at 22:47, but York answered back with three. The Spartans closed out the first half with a 5-1 run to lead 14-4 heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Spartans added four points to their total. Despite the Gophers coming on strong and scoring four unanswered goals to end the game, Goucher did not have enough to beat the Spartans.
Other goal scorers for the Green and White included Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Delaware County Christian) and Jenna Hiponia (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian), who tallied two each. Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian), Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York), Kasie White Glen Burnie, Md./North County), Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y./Islip) and Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) each added one.
For the contest, the Spartans outshot their hosts 31-20. York finished the game with 19 ground balls, 17 draw controls and 17 turnovers. The Gophers finished with 18 ground balls, 13 draw controls and 23 turnovers.
Senior Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) earned the win in net for the Spartans. She played a total of 46:06, allowed six goals and made one save. Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) came in for the Green and White with 13:54 remaining. Smith finished the game with four goals against and four saves.
The Spartans return to action on Tuesday afternoon for a 4:00 pm game at Franklin & Marshall.
Kim Wayson photo courtesy of David Sinclair (www.davidsinclair.org)