YORK, Pa. – The No. 13 York College women's lacrosse team will square off against Mary Washington on Saturday in the second round of the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Tournament.
The No. 2 seeded Spartans (13-3, 6-1 CAC) earned a first round bye while the No. 3 seeded Eagles (13-4, 5-2) enter Saturday's matchup following a 16-5 win over No. 6 seeded Marymount.
The regular season meeting between these two teams required overtime and eventually resulted in a 12-10 victory for York. Mary Washington took a 4-1 lead into halftime and maintained the lead nearly 12 minutes into the second half before York tied the score at six.
After the Spartans tied the game, the Eagles took a two goal lead on two separate occasions, but each time York responded with two goals of its own, including the last two goals of regulation to send the game into OT.
In extra time, the Green and White notched two tallies and held the Eagles to zero goals with just three shots.
By the numbers, this matchup features a clash of styles. York ranks first in the CAC with a .533 team save percentage and second in both goals against (114) and goals-against average (7.04). Mary Washington ranks first in the conference in goals (262), assists (111), goals-per-game (15.41) and shot percentage (.510).
The Spartan offense is powered by reigning CAC Player of the Week Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) who leads the team in goals with 37 and points with 46. York has also received steady offensive production from junior Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) who ranks second on the team with 23 goals and third in points with 28.
The Spartans also have a trio of goal-scores with 20 goals on the season in seniors Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y./Islip) and Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York), and sophomore Brittany Noell (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel).
York's leading distributer is sophomore Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) who ranks fifth in the CAC with 22 assists and second on the team in points with 31.
The Spartan defense is anchored by senior goalie Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) who's .537 save percentage tops the CAC. The senior net-minder also ranks second in goals-against average (7.51), third in saves (124) and seventh in goals against (107).
Mary Washington's potent offense is led by senior Jenna Petrucelli who is the CAC leader in goals with 70, as she also ranks first in shots with 120 and second in points with 76.
The Eagles also have two other players ranking inside the conference's top 10 in goals with juniors Emily Atkinson and Corinne Wiederkehr tied for seventh with 39 each.
Wiederkehr ranks fourth in the CAC in points with 65 and ranks third in the conference with her team-leading 26 assists.
Senior Katie Williams also cracks the top 10 in points with 54 and holds the sixth highest assist total in the CAC with 21.
The Eagles feature a dual-threat approach in net, as net-minders Kelly Dean and Taylor Paige have seen nearly equal playing time throughout the season. Paige boasts a 7-0 record this season and ranks third in the CAC in goals against with 73, fourth with a 9.75 goals-against average and fifth with a .467 save percentage. Dean also cracks the conference's top 10 in multiple categories, ranking fourth in goals against (92), fifth in goals-against average (9.92) and tenth in save percentage (.391).
The Spartans and Eagles face off in the second round of the 2014 CAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament at noon on Saturday at Kinsley Field on the campus of York College. For more information related to the tournament and the teams competing, visit cacsports.com.
Erica Mulford photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers