April 5, 2014

Late Heroics Lead Spartans to 12-10 Overtime Win on Senior Day

YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse never had a lead in regulation in their Capital Athletic Conference game against Mary Washington on Saturday. Fortunately for York, they got the only two goals of overtime as they outlasted the Eagles 12-10 in overtime at Kinsley Field.

The Spartans improve to 9-3 overall with the victory while they are also 3-1 in the CAC. The Eagles fall to 8-4 with the loss as they now stand at 2-2 in the league.

The day started with Senior Day ceremonies as York recognized their nine senior players. The ceremony looked to take something out of York as the Eagles really outplayed the Green and White in the first half.

Mary Washington used fantastic goaltending and timely offense as they scored the first three goals of the game. Jenna Petrucelli scored at the 23:27 mark to open the scoring. Corinne Wiederkehr tallied a second goal 12 minutes later and Katie Williams made it 3-0 with a free position goal.

Senior Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y./Islip) halted the Eagle momentum with a goal off a Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) assist with 6:44 left in the half. Mary Washington's Emily Atkinson closed out the first half scoring with an unassisted goal with 3:18 left in the half.

The second half could not have been more different than the first 30 minutes of play as the goals started flowing from both squads.

After Atkinson scored the first goal of the stanza, York ripped off five of the next six goals in the game as the Spartans tied the game at six. Senior Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) scored three goals on the run while Nicolich and Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) tallied single goals during the spurt.

The Eagles quickly quieted the Spartan crowd as they received goals from Kara Hogan and Megan Gersbeck just 45 seconds apart as UMW took the 8-6 lead with 19:11 left in regulation. Senior Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York) cut the Spartan deficit by one with a free position goal at the 16:03 mark. Hudson then tied the game for a second time with goal off a pass from Stine with 11:49 left in the half.

The Eagles again turned around the momentum as Petrucelli and Atkinson tallied back-to-back goals to give Mary Washington the 10-8 lead with 7:45 remaining in the half. Once again, York responded to the challenge. Hudson scored her third goal of the half with 5:48 showing on the clock and Castle tied the game for the third and final time with a goal off a beautiful pass from Mulford with 5:22 remaining in regulation.

York had a pair of shots in the final 5:22 but it was Mary Washington's Petrucelli who had the most dangerous chance on a shot with just three seconds left that Spartan netminder Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) stopped to preserve the tie and force overtime.

In the extra session, York won the draw control and Mulford found the back of the net 31 seconds into the extra session. York then received a huge free position goal from Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) with 3:01 left in the overtime. Mary Washington got a free position attempt from Atkinson that was stopped by Smith and the Spartans ran off the next two plus minutes of overtime before the Eagles got a pair of shots in the final 20 seconds of the game.

Mary Washington finished the game with a 25-23 margin in total shots while both teams had 20 ground balls. York won 16 of 25 draw controls including 12 in the second half and overtime. Both teams were sloppy with the ball as York committed 26 turnovers while the Eagles had 20 miscues.

Mulford led the Spartans with five points on four goals and one assist. Hudson was outstanding for York as she tallied three goals on just three shots while she collected seven draw controls in the win. Nicolich added three points on two goals and an assist while Stein dished out three assists for YCP. Castle contributed a pair of goals while Ritchey also found the back of the net for York. Sophomore Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) was impressive on the defensive third of the field for York as she had four caused turnovers, four ground balls, and three draw controls.

Petrucelli led the Eagles with five points on three goals and two assists. Atkinson recorded three goals, three draw controls and one ground ball. Katie Williams chipped in with a goal and an assist. Williams also had four caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Smith earned the win in goal as she made ten saves for the Spartans including a pair in overtime. She allowed the ten Eagle goals in her 66 minutes of work.

Taylor Paige earned the start for Mary Washington in goal, as she was brilliant in the first half. Paige made five first half saves for UMW. After allowing four quick goals in the second half, she was relieved by Kelly Dean. Dean played the next 26:03 and allowed six goals with one save. Paige played the final three minutes of overtime to finish the day with 39:57 of game time. Dean suffered the loss as she surrendered Mulford's game winning goal.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Frostburg State University to face the Bobcats. First draw is set for 4:00 pm.

Erica Mulford photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers