ST.CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS – The York College women's lacrosse team made history Monday as the Spartans open the season 3-0 for the first time since the inception of the program in 2006. The Green and White topped Oneonta St. 14-8 in St. Croix during York's spring break trip to the Virgin Islands. That victory improves the Spartans to an unprecedented 3-0 in the early season while the Red Dragons fall to 0-1 to start the year.
As she has done during York's great early start, sophomore attack Kim Wayson led the Spartans offensively as she tallied a game-high six goals. Wayson has gotten off to a torrid start to the year, compiling 15 goals in just three contests.
Wayson did open up the contest's scoring, registering her first of the game just 49 seconds into the non-conference tilt. However, the Spartans would fall behind 2-1 after back-to-back Caroline Tulley notches gave Oneonta the early lead.
Both squads went back-and-forth offensively during the first half, with the Red Dragons gaining the slight upper hand at 6-5 heading into the break.
That one-goal lead stretched to three however, shortly after the start of the second half. Taylor Troyano needed only 1:50 to register two goals, giving the Oneonta squad an 8-5 advantage.
Truly tested for the first time this season, the Spartans responded with vicious ferocity. Over the final 26:30, the Green and White went on a 9-0 run, turning what was a three-goal deficit into a six-goal advantage.
Melissa Ritchey started the streak with a free-position goal with 26:25 showing on the clock. Wayson then notched back-to-back scores to knot the game at 8-8 before fellow sophomore Leah Schultz netted consecutive scores to give York a lead they would not relinquish.
Defensively, the Green and White effectively tightened the screws on the Red Dragons after falling behind 8-5. The rest of the way the Spartans only allowed six shots (three of which were saved), caused five turnovers, and snagged eight of the last ten draw controls including seven straight at one point.
Individually, sophomore defender Katie Vautier put in a tremendous effort for the Spartans. She registered four draw controls, three ground balls, and one caused turnover.
Back on the offensive end, Schultz tallied four goals for the Green and White while Ritchey, Lauren Kula, Kasie White, and Erica Mulford each netted a goal.
For the contest, the Spartans outshot Oneonta 28-21, including 17-9 in the second half, and collected 16 of the 24 total draw controls.
Tina Nicklas picks up the win in the Spartan cage as she made six saves over her 60 minutes of work. The Red Dragons' Annelise Muscietta registered seven saves in the loss.
The York squad remains in the Virgin Islands and return to action on Wednesday, March 2, when they take on RIT in the Spartans' final game of their spring break trip.
Kim Wayson photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com