SALISBURY, Md. – Kim Wayson scored five goals and broke the Spartans' career goals-scored mark as the York College women's lacrosse team narrowly fell to #1 Salisbury 12-10 on Saturday in Capital Athletic Conference action. With the loss, the Green and White fall to 7-2 (2-2 CAC) while the Sea Gulls improve to 10-1 (4-0 CAC).
Wayson, who entered the contest needing only one goal to tie the all-time record of 94, notched a game-high five goals against the nation's top squad. In less than two seasons, the sophomore now owns the record with 98 goals in her brief career having tallied 41 already this season.
Down 11-5 in the second half, the Spartans embarked on a comeback bid over the game's final 17 minutes. Wayson opened the late run with her third tally of the day with exactly 17 minutes left. Freshman Erica Mulford netted her tenth score of the year 1:32 later as she finished off an assist from Melissa Ritchey. Mulford's goal cut the Sea Gull lead to 11-7.
Salisbury's Allie Wheatley stopped the Spartan spurt with 12:39 to play with her first of the day, stretching the lead back to 12-7.
Undaunted, the Green and White continued their late push as Wayson got the Spartans to within four at 12-8 with 6:23 to go in the game. Leah Schultz followed that tally with one of her four goals in the game, scoring on a free position shot with 5:48 remaining on the clock. Two minutes later, Wayson scored again to slash the Sea Gull advantage to a mere two at 12-10 with 3:48 left.
The Spartans won the ensuing draw control but were unable to convert that possession into a shot and were held without an attempt throughout the remainder of the game.
York did take the early lead on the Sea Gulls as Schultz tallied the game's opening salvo just two minutes into the league contest. However, Salisbury responded and built an 8-5 lead by halftime. That advantage grew to as much as six at 11-5 before the Spartans embarked on that comeback attempt.
Defensively, Spartan sophomore Katie Vautier posted a team-high four ground balls and caused two Sea Gull turnovers as she continues to be a stalwart defender for York. Midfielder Toni DiLeonardi picked up a pair of ground balls while causing a turnover.
Despite the loss, the Spartans should take solace in the fact that in each of their previous five contests Salisbury had scored at least 21 goals while York had never netted more than four. Prior to this year, Salisbury had defeated York by an average of over 18.5 goals in each of their five previous meetings, including a 21-3 result just last season.
The Spartans will look for a swift return to the win column as they travel to CAC foe Stevenson on Tuesday, March 29, for a 3:30 pm contest.