Spartans Dominate Ball and Game; Shutout Hood 21-0

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team posted an outstanding performance Saturday as they shutout Hood College 21-0 in a Capital Athletic Conference tilt from York's Kinsley Field. With the win, the Spartans improve to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in CAC play while the Blazers fall to 3-8 overall and 0-5 in the conference.

Sophomore Kim Wayson and freshman Kerri Nicolich led the Spartan attack as each tallied four goals with Wayson also adding three assists. Freshman Melissa Ritchey also contributed three scores for the Green and White.

The Spartans controlled the game right from the start as they took an early lead and added to it often. Wayson put the Spartans on the board just 2:44 into the game followed by a Lauren Kula goal only 44 seconds later. Nicolich posted her first of the day just 32 seconds after Kula's tally. York would post seven goals after just over 10 minutes of game time and went on to find the back of the net a total of 13 times in the first half.

The Spartans began the second with the same action as they scored another three goals over the first 6:55. York then began to slow the game down but did add another five before the final horn.

The offensive attack was fueled by the persistent pressure put on Hood with both of the first two goals coming off Blazer turnovers. In total, York forced 21 Blazer errors while only committing 11. That pressure kept Hood from reaching the Spartan defensive third until just under 18 minutes to go in the first half while the Blazers' first shot came with 3:39 left in the half.

York outshot Hood 35-2 including six free position shots to zero for the visitors. The Green and White also held the advantage in groundballs 20-9.

In total, 11 Spartans scored goals, including two from senior Molly Kerrigan, and one each from Jenna Hiponia, Leah Shultz, Kasie White, Erica Mulford, Ashley Kanzler, and Sam Smith. White added two assists and Mulford one. Toni DiLeonardi collected a game-high five draw controls while Katie Vautier picked up five ground balls and caused four turnovers.

York has now put together a run of three straight wins and will look to keep it going as they to travel to Montclair St. for their next contest. The non-conference tilt takes place Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00 pm.

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PHOTO: Toni DiLeonardi surveys the field during York's 21-0 win over Hood on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com

Game story written by Eric Cianfrone - York College athletic communications practicum