YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team won their first-ever NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday afternoon in York. The 13-6 win over Washington & Lee didn't come easy as the Spartans had to wait through a three hour and five minute weather delay to earn the victory at Kinsley Field.
The Spartans improve to 14-4 overall as they advance to the Sweet 16 on Saturday. The Generals have their final campaign come to a close at 10-10.
The Spartans looked fantastic in the opening 15 minutes of the game as they dominated the Generals in the early going. York's Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) found the back of the net just 1:19 into the contest as the Spartans seized the early lead. Fellow senior Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) followed Schultz with a goal just 41 seconds later, putting the Spartans up 2-0.
The Green and White reeled off five more goals as the lead grew to 7-0 with 14:37 remaining in the half. The Generals netted back-to-back goals just over a minute apart to draw the guests to within five at 7-2. The Spartans answered with goals from Schultz and Wayson, increasing the York lead to 9-2 with 6:08 left in the opening 30 minutes of play.
The Generals scored two of the final three goals of the half as Meade Brewster and Ameia Murcott scored to cut the Spartan lead to 10-4 at the break.
That's when the weather decided to force the two squads into the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center. The rains came and the thunder and lightning were relentless as any momentum secured in the first half was washed away by the wind-driven rain.
After the lengthy delay, the Spartans wasted little time in opening the second half scoring as Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) found the back of the cage just 1:09 into the stanza. That would be the only goal over the first 14 minutes of the second half, as the teams never really regained the energy level that was on display in the first half.
Schultz struck for her fifth goal of the game at the 15:17 mark, increasing the York lead to 12-4. The Generals would get two goals from Brewster in the final 6:57, sandwiching an Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) tally to provide for the final 13-6 margin.
Junior goaltender Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) was outstanding in the pipes for the Spartans as she notched eight saves in her 60 minutes of work. Smith improves to 13-3 with the victory.
Cara Mulligan absorbed the loss as she allowed all 13 goals while she made eight saves as she went the distance for the Generals.
Schultz led the Spartans with six points on five goals and one assist. She also had two draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Mulford added four points on three goals and one assist while Wayson finished her final game at Kinsley Field with three goals. Stine contributed three points on a goal and two assists while senior Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) handed out a career-high tying three assists.
Senior defender Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding) collected a game-high five ground balls while she also had a pair of caused turnovers and a draw control.
Washington & Lee received a team-high four points on three goals and an assist from Brewster as the Generals' all-region performer played well. Brewster added three draw controls, two ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers for W&L. Catherine Klinedis, Margaret Kline, and Murcott also scored goals for the Generals in the loss.
The Spartans finished the game with a 28-18 edge in shots and a slight 19-18 margin in ground balls. The Green and White won 12-of-21 draw controls while York forced 15 W&L turnovers in the victory.
The Spartans now advance to face Franklin & Marshall College in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, May 11 at Salisbury University. The Diplomats downed the Spartans 13-6 on February 26 when the teams met in a non-conference contest in Lancaster. Please check www.ycpspartans.com for all Spartan NCAA Tournament updates.