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Smith, Defense Power Spartans Past Stevens

YORK, Pa. - The York College women's lacrosse team beat Stevens 11-5 on a cold, blustery Saturday at Kinsley Field in a non-conference matchup. Spartan goalkeeper Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) and the defense helped seal the deal for the Green White.

With the win, the Spartans improve to 5-1 overall this season. The loss drops Stevens to 3-3. 

The Spartans got things going right away. Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) rocketed the ball past the Steven's goalkeeper to put the Green and White up 1-0 just 1:30 into the game. Less then six minutes later, Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) added an unassisted goal of her own to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead. York continued to dominate control of the game, but could not seem to get off the shot they were looking for. Mulford tallied her second goal of the game at 16:35, pushing the Spartan lead to three.

The Ducks were not ready to back down, their offense buckled down after York's three unanswered goals and scored three unanswered goals themselves to tie up the game with only 3:58 remaining in the first period. The Spartans took a timeout to get themselves composed and were able to finish the half with the momentum. Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) notched her sixth goal of the season off a pass from Mulford to give the Spartans the lead back heading into halftime. 

The second half saw the Spartans settle into a rhythm. The Green and White scored the fifth goal of the game at 23:06 off a shot from Wayson. Three minutes later the Spartans extended their lead to three again off a goal from Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian), her second of the season. Melissa Ritchey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) recorded the assist. The Ducks continued to fight back, but thanks to a strong defense and excellent goalkeeping they could not seem to score. Smith made some huge saves for York in net. She helped stop Stevens from gaining any momentum in the second half.

With 16:32 left in the game, Lauren Kula (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) tallied a goal off a pass from Megan Stine. A few minutes later, Mulford added her third goal of the game. Just 22 after that, Mulford showed the Ducks she was not done yet and hauled down the field to score the Spartans ninth goal. Castle stretched the lead to seven with a goal off a free position shot at 10:25. With 6:07 remaining, Castle gave the Spartans their largest lead of the day with another free position goal. 

With time running out, the Ducks pushed the pace. Despite getting two quick goals off of free position shots, Stevens was too far behind for it effect the outcome of the game.

Leading the way on offense for the Spartans was Mulford. She finished the game with four shots, all goals and one assist. Castle also added three goals of her own, as well as four draw controls and two ground balls. Wayson chipped in two goals, while Stine and Kula tallied one goal each. Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) had a strong defensive game with three caused turnovers. 

Smith earned the win for the Spartans in goal. She played all 60 minutes and recorded six saves on 11 shots, while allowing five goals.

Stevens used two goalkeepers against the Green and White. Meg Collins was credited with the loss for the Ducks. She gave up 10 goals and made nine saves in 49:35. Mel Welcome played 10:25 and allowed one goal. 

The Ducks offense was lead by Kara Rafferty and Erika Wilcox who recorded two goals each. Caitlyn Hughes also added a goal.

York finished the game with a 12-6 advantage in draw controls and 23-10 advantage in ground balls. The Spartans also outshot the Ducks 30-17. 

The Spartans return to action on Thursday for a home matchup against Dickinson at 4:00pm.

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