YORK, Pa. – Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md. / Seton Keough) tallied six points on five goals and one assist as the #10 York College women's lacrosse team picked up a 13-8 triumph over visiting #13 Catholic Wednesday afternoon in York. In their first home game of the 2013 campaign, the Spartans improve to 4-1 on the young season while the Cardinals drop to 1-2.
Mulford provided significant offense for the Green and White as she now has 12 goals five games into the 2013 season. The junior notched three in the first half, as she and the Spartans led 10-3 at the break, before tallying two more in the latter stanza. Of her second-half two, the first stretched the Spartans' lead to 12-4 while her second gave the Green and White some late breathing room. With 5:05 remaining, Mulford found the back of the net for the fifth time on the day, giving the home squad a 13-7 advantage.
Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md. / Seton Keough) poured in four tallies against Catholic, each of which came in York's ten-goal first frame. The senior midfielder notched back-to-back goals early in the game, recording her first and second of the day just 47 seconds apart at 25:07 and 24:20, respectively.
Fellow senior standout Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md. / Southern) added four points to give her a team-high 23 to start the season. She tallied three goals, including the game's opening salvo just 1:06 into the contest, and provided an assist on Schultz's second goal.
York raced out to a 5-0 lead to start the game, courtesy of goals from Wayson, Schultz, and Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y. / Islip), before they eventually built a 9-1 advantage with 8:25 left in the first.
Despite York's 10-3 halftime margin, the Spartans needed to fend off Catholic's comeback bid in the second half. Owning a 12-4 lead with 27:54 to play, the Green and White would see the Cardinals notch three straight goals to cut the game to 12-7 with over 17 minutes left to play.
The attack slowed for both squads however over the next 12 minutes as neither side generated much of an attack. To her credit, Spartan goalkeeper Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J. / Cinnaminson) turned away a pair of Cardinal attempts during that span, including a free position shot, to keep the margin at 12-7 York.
For the game, the Green and White owned a 33-24 lead in shots and collected 12 draw controls to Catholic's 10. The visitors did secure the ground ball lead however, collecting 21 to York's 18.
Aside from her four-goal first-half outburst, Schultz recorded a game-high seven draw controls for the Spartans and collected two ground balls. Senior defender Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md. / Archbishop Spalding) snagged a game-best five ground balls while Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md. / Perry Hall) added three caused turnovers. Smith picks up the victory in the York goal as she made 11 stops over the 60 minutes.
Lindsay Brophy led the way for the Cardinals as she tallied five points on four goals and one assist while picking up three ground balls and adding a caused turnover. Erin Fowler and Katie Miller each notched two goals for the visitors. Yamseen Ajdari and Tricia Pehnke shared the Catholic goalkeeping duties and totaled 11 saves between the pipes.
York returns to Kinsley Field on Saturday, March 16, when they host visiting Stevens in a 1:00 pm non-conference tilt.