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Spartans Back in Win Column with Triumph at Dickinson

CARLISLE, Pa. – Kim Wayson tallied seven points and Erica Mulford recorded six as the York College women's lacrosse team bested Dickinson 16-3 Saturday afternoon in Carlisle, Pa. The Spartans improve their mark to 5-1 on the season while the Red Devils fall to 2-4.

Wayson continues to be nothing short of an offensive force for the Green and White as she totaled her seven points on five goals and two assists. The talented junior, who tallied four points in the first half, now leads the Spartans with 21 goals and ten assists on the season.

Mulford has also come on exceptionally strong for York early in her sophomore campaign. Mulford's four goals and two assists on Saturday bumps her season totals to 17 and seven, respectively, while she has also scored the Spartans' most free-position goals this season. She has gone 5-for-9 in those chances, including a 1-for-2 effort against Dickinson.

York jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, courtesy of Wayson's first of the day, just 2:44 into the game. However, the Red Devils' Ali Dawes notched back-to-back tallies as Dickinson held a 2-1 lead less than ten minutes into the game. In fact, Dickinson had the opportunity to go up 3-1 on the Green and White as they won the ensuing draw control. However, Spartan goalkeeper Kelsey Evans stoned three attempts over a 2:15 period, including one free position shot, to keep the score at 2-1.

With 15:41 remaining in the half, Jenna Hiponia tallied the tying goal for the Green and White, off an assist from Erica Mulford, to bring the score level at 2-2.

And the Spartans were off.

Hiponia's goal ignited a 5-0 run over the next 5:51, including an offensive blitz in which York netted four tallies over a brief 1:42 span. During that burst, the Green and White won three consecutive draws and scored within 40 seconds of each draw controls.

York added two more tallies during the opening frame to go into the break leading 8-2.

The Spartans steadily grew their advantage over the latter 30 minutes, save for a Dickinson free-position goal by Val Hoffman with 18:37 to play, and finished the contest with a 16-3 triumph.

Aside from strong performances by Wayson and Mulford, Leah Schultz posted a game-high five draw controls for the Green and White to bring her team-best total to 18.

Defensively, Katie Vautier and Jordan Hall each registered a pair of caused turnovers while Evans notched ten saves.

For the Red Devils, Mollyann Pais registered three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Amanda Morse and JoJo Auerbach combined for 11 saves as they each saw 30 minutes of action in the Dickinson cage.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, March 14, when they travel to St. Vincent for a 4:00 pm non-conference tilt with the Bearcats.

PHOTO: Kim Wayson surveys the field during York's home contest against Goucher earlier this season. Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org

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