YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team heads to Salisbury, Maryland to face Franklin & Marshall College in the 2013 NCAA Division III Round of 16 on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans earned their way to Saturday thanks to the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win as they dispatched Washington & Lee 13-6 on a stormy Wednesday afternoon. The Diplomats punched their ticket to the second round as they rolled past Elizabethtown 17-7.
The Spartans enter the contest with a mark of 14-4 while the Diplomats are 15-4.
In the win over Washington & Lee, senior Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) led the Spartans with six points on five goals and one assist. She also had two draw controls and a pair of caused turnovers. Junior Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) added four points on three goals and one assist while senior All-American Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) 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 All-American 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. 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.
In their win over the Blue Jays, the Diplomats were paced by Kimberly Abruzzo as she notched three goals and handed out an assist as F&M rolled to the easy win. Mary Mitchell and All-American Caroline Krohn both finished with hat tricks while Brittney Jorgenson scored twice with an assist. Casey Madden had two helpers and tallied once, Grace Saliba scored twice and Kara Stanley along with Ali Kelly dished out one assist. Maggie Mae Shields and Christie Huidekoper each scored and Lauren Selawski netted a goal with an assist.
Stanley caused two turnovers and finished with four ground balls, Mitchell also had four pickups while Shields and Kelsey Hoffman finished with two caused turnovers each. Jen Noon had four ground balls and Krohn came away with six draws. All-American goalie Kelsey Hoffman notched nine saves in the victory.
Krohn leads the Diplomats with 67 points on 39 goals and 28 assists. The junior has won 61 draw controls, converted 7-of-13 free position shots and collected 10 ground balls. She is putting 83.8% of her shots on target. Jorgenson has added 53 points on a team-high 46 goals and seven assists while Mitchell has notched 31 goals and 13 assists for 44 points. Emily Everdell (40 points), Shields (36 points), Madden (30 points), and Saliba (30 points) are the other top scorers for the Diplomats.
Hoffman has been outstanding in her 1025:31 of play in net for the Diplomats. She has registered an 8.37 goals against average and a 49.6% save percentage. She has earned all 19 decisions for the Diplomats this year.
Wayson leads the Spartans as York's all-time leading scorer has accumulated 72 points on 61 goals and 11 assists. She is putting 81.6% of her shots on goal while she has finished seven of her 19 free position opportunities.
Mulford, one of the Spartans' four all-region selections, is second in scoring with 56 points on 44 goals and 12 assists. Schultz is contributing 48 points on 42 goals and six assists. Schultz, the career leader in draws, has gathered 70 draw controls for the year while she also has four game-winning goals.
Freshman Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) (28 points), sophomore Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Delaware County Christian) (26 points) and senior Lauren Kula (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) (20 points) are the other Spartans who have tallied 20 or more points for the year.
Smith has played 827 of the Spartans' 1080 minutes in goal for the year. She owns a 7.62 goals against average and a 49.5% save percentage. Smith has accumulated a record of 13-3 this season.
The two squads met earlier this season as the Diplomats secured a 13-6 win on February 26. F&M held the Spartans to three goals in each period despite York outshooting the Dips 21-19. Shields led the Diplomats with four points on four goals while Mitchell added three goals and an assist. Kelly contributed a trio of goals while Krohn notched two for F&M in the home victory.
Wayson led the Spartans with three goals while Schultz had two points on a goal and an assist. Schultz also recorded four draw controls for York.
Hoffman made six saves for the Diplomats while Smith can into the game off the bench and notched three saves in her 38:47 of work.
The winner of the game on Saturday, advances to the regional final where they will face the winner of the Salisbury University/Christopher Newport Sweet 16 game that will be held Saturday morning at 11:30 am. The regional final will be 1:00 pm on Sunday.