LANCASTER, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team lost to #14 Franklin & Marshall 13-6 in an early season non-conference matchup on Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans fall to 1-1 on the season and the Diplomats open up their season at 1-0.
Franklin & Marshall started the game quite composed and produced two fairly quick goals in the opening six minutes of the match. Spartan goalkeeper Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) made a big save on a free position shot at 22:25 that could have extended the Diplomats lead. The Green and White marched down the field and took two quick shots that went just wide of the net.
York was able to get on the board at 20:53 as Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md./North Caroll) rifled a shot into the goal off of a free position pass from teammate Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough). The Spartans followed up with another goal only 36 seconds later, tying the game 2-2. Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Delaware County Christian) scored on a man-up opportunity for York. The diplomats answered back with a goal off of a free position shot from Caroline Krohn. Franklin & Marshall extended their lead again at 14:14 with a goal from Mary Mitchell. Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) cut the lead to one with her first goal of the game off a pass from Kerri Nitcolich.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, the Diplomats would go on a 2-0 run and take a 6-3 lead heading into halftime.
The Diplomats came out strong again in the second half. They scored early on, but the goal was called off. At 24:23 Franklin & Marshall made one count as Maggie Mae Shields put one in the back of the net. Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson), playing in goal for the Spartans in the second half, came up with a big save at 23:48.
The Spartans continued to struggle putting the ball in the net. At 21:33, Wayson carried the ball into the circle and rifled in a goal to cut the Diplomat lead to four. For the next nine minutes neither team was able to finish on offense.
Heading into the final ten minutes of the game, the Spartans did not seem to have an answer for the Diplomat offense and could not muster any momentum in their own offensive zone. Schultz scored at 4:28 and Wayson added her third goal of the game at 3:25, but it was too late and the Spartans would fall 13-6.
Leading the way on offense for the Green and White was Wayson. She finished the game with three goals and seven shots, all on goal. Castle finished the game with one goal, two draw controls and one caused turnover. Shultz added a goal and an assist and Ritchey tallied one as well. On defense for the Spartans, Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding) looked strong. Vautier picked up five draw controls, three ground balls and caused two turnovers.
In goal, Evans played for 21:13 and is credited with the loss. Evans allowed five goals and made zero saves. Smith came in towards the end of the first half. She finished with three saves on 11 shots in 38:47.
York finished the contest outshooting the Diplomats 21-10 and picked up more draw controls then their opponent, 13-8. The Spartans picked up 11 ground balls, were 4-for-7 on clears, 1-for-6 on free position shots and committed 16 turnovers. Franklin & Marshall finished the game with 16 ground balls, went 13-for-16 on clears, 4-for-6 on free position shots and only committed 11 turnovers.
The Spartans return to action next Tuesday down in Florida in a game against Alvernia. Game time is still to be determined.
Photo courtesy of David Sinclair (www.davidsinclair.org)