YORK, Pa. - The York College women's lacrosse team was triumphant on their senior night, with a 10-7 win over visiting Haverford College on Thursday afternoon.
The win extends the Spartans overall record to 12-2, while the Fords fall to 9-3.
Nine seniors played in their final regular season home game. Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern), Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough), Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston), Tina Nicklas (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville), Jordan Hall (Riva, Md./South River), Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding), Lauren Kula (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson), Michelle Moore (Columbia, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) and Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) have all helped the Spartan program rise to the successful level it stands at today. The seniors were able to continue that success against the Ford's.
The first half was quickly controlled by the Spartans, who took an early 2-0 lead. The Spartans were led by Wayson and Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) in the first half as they combined for four of the six first half green and white goals.
Despite getting six goals, it would not be enough to separate the Spartans from Haverford. The Ford's tallied five goals to keep the contest close. Three of Haverfords goals came from Dianna Perry, who kept the Ford's in the game early on.
Wayson was determined to give the Spartans the extra edge they needed as she added two more goals for the Green and White in the second half, giving York a comfortable lead. Haverford's Kenny Likes and Grace Stockbower were able to sneak in two goals for their team in the second half.
The Ford's did not have enough to make a comeback as York's Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) and Schultz sealed the deal with one goal each to finish of the win for the Spartans.
York's key to winning this close contest was their constant pressure on the offensive end. The Spartans dominated Haverford 30-17 in shots. The Spartans were also able to win the turnover battle as they had 12 to Haverford's 15. An important stat to note was that York finished the game 9-9 on clears compared to Haverford's 11-15. This allowed the Spartans to put continuous pressure on the Ford's and dominate the offensive end.
The Spartans closed out their 2013 home schedule and will return to action on Wednesday for an important Capital Athletic Conference matchup at the #1 team in the conference, Salisbury. The game is set to start at 6:00 pm.