YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team saw their bid for a 2011 conference title come to a close on Tuesday afternoon, falling 17-3 at #5 Salisbury in the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The loss brings the Spartans' record-setting mark to 13-4 while the Sea Gulls move on to the CAC championship sporting a 15-2 record.
Allie Wheatley led the Salisbury attack with four goals on the day while Alyssa Fowler and Aileen McCausland each notched three tallies.
The Sea Gulls jumped out front early, opening up a 4-0 lead less than eight minutes into the playoff contest. Fowler and Wheatley each scored two goals to give the home squad the early advantage.
York's Whitney Kendall broke that four-goal spurt with her third notch of the 2011 campaign. Kendall's tally came with 17:33 remaining in the first half.
Salisbury then responded with three straight scores to take a 7-1 lead with 14:22 showing on the opening stanza clock.
The Spartans did show signs of a comeback bid with two straight goals toward the latter portion of the first half. Leah Schultz tallied on a free position shot with 10:17 to go while Kim Wayson scored her 60th goal of the year with 5:44 left in the first frame, cutting the Sea Gull lead to 7-3.
Unfortunately for the Green and White, those back-to-back tallies failed to produce that comeback bid. Over the final 90 seconds, Salisbury scored three more times to take a 10-3 lead into the half.
The second stanza proved all Salisbury as the hosts notched seven tallies while York was unable to find the back of the Sea Gull net.
Despite the loss, the Spartans posted an exceptional campaign. The Green and White established new marks for most overall wins (13), most CAC wins (5), and fewest overall losses (4). York also reached the conference tournament semifinals for just the second time in their history and the first time since 2007.
Wayson proved an offensive force for York in 2011 as she posted 78 points on 60 goals (one short of the single season record) and 18 assists. In just her sophomore year, Wayson established new program-bests in career points with 150 and career goals with 117, as she becomes the first Spartan to eclipse the 100-goal mark.
Fellow sophomores Schultz and Katie Vautier each put together outstanding seasons. Schultz, who proved a dynamic presence all over the field, tallied 42 goals on the year while leading the squad with 58 draw controls. Vautier was a defensive stalwart, accumulating team-highs in ground balls (43) and caused turnovers (31).
The Green and White now bid adieu to their four senior student-athletes as Katie Bowers, Brittany Geraghty, Molly Kerrigan, and Katie Mansell close out their careers. Over the previous four campaigns, the Spartans have amassed a 41-26 overall record, winning at least ten games in three of those seasons.
PHOTO: Kim Wayson takes a shot earlier in the season in a home contest against Frostburg State. Courtesy of Scott Guise.