FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College women's lacrosse team traveled to Capital Athletic Conference rival University of Mary Washington Saturday afternoon and the Spartans defeated the Eagles 18-9. Junior Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) led the Green and White attack as she registered a career-high tying six goals in the contest.
After falling down 2-0 in the first nine minutes of action, senior Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) and Mulford alternated goals over a three-minute span giving the Spartans the 4-2 advantage. Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York) would tack on one more goal to give the Green and White the 5-2 lead just five and a half minutes into the first half.
The Eagles added two goals to the board before Mulford struck again for her third goal of the half.
Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) would chalk up two goals, as Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Delaware County Christian) would add one of her own before the half concluded with the Spartans taking a 9-6 lead to the break.
The Green and White came out of the intermission strong as Castle registered her second goal of the game, a man up tally less than a minute into the half. Mulford would add yet another goal to the stat sheet before the Eagles got on the board in the second half.
Wayson answered the Eagle goal almost immediately, as she expanded the Spartan lead to a 12-7 spread with her third goal of the day. Mulford's free position goal, her fifth goal of the day, followed by Lauren Kula's (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) goal doubled the Eagle point total and brought the score to a 14-7 Spartan advantage.
Five minutes of back and forth action separated two Eagle goals that would cut the deficit to 14-9, however the Green and White would not give up another goal in the remaining 14:07.
At the 10:00 mark of the half, Mulford would register her sixth goal of the day on a free position shot. Schultz's third goal took the score to 16-9. Wayson closed out the game with two more goals in the final minute, just 15 seconds apart, to make the final score 18-9.
A key cog in the Green and White offensive machine came from draw control, where the Spartans controlled 23 draws to just five for the Eagles. The Spartans outshot the Eagles 40-18 while York held a slight 18-17 margin in ground balls. York had a season-low seven turnovers in the victory.
Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) earned the win in goal making five saves in 60 minutes of action.
The 9-2 Spartans return to Kinsley Field on Tuesday April 9 when Frostburg State comes to town for a 4:00 match.
Story written by Joseph Wydner – Athletic Communications Student Intern