WLAX NCAA Tournament Preview vs. Washington & Lee

YORK, PA – The York College women's lacrosse team opens up their 2013 second season by hosting Washington & Lee in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament on Wednesday afternoon in York.

The Spartans are making their second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after earning an at-large bid to the tournament. York went 13-4 during the campaign as they fell to second-ranked Salisbury in the title game of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament.

The Generals enter the first round with an overall mark of 10-9. W&L earned their way into the NCAA Tournament thanks to an automatic bid after defeating Shenandoah 11-8 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship game on Saturday. The Generals went 7-3 during the regular season in the ODAC to earn the fourth seed in the 11-team league.

York will be looking to pick up their first-ever NCAA Women's Lacrosse tournament win after dropping a heart-breaking 14-13 loss at Montclair State University in their tournament debut last May. The Generals will be making their 12th NCAA Tournament appearance. Washington & Lee is 3-11 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is 0-6 against Capital Athletic Conference foes in the national tournament.

The Spartans placed seven players on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squads led by senior Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) as she is the Spartans' all-time leading scorer. She has notched 69 points on 58 goals and 11 assists in her 17 games for the season. Wayson went over the 300-point plateau with her first goal in the CAC Championship game as she has 232 goals and 70 assists for 302 points for her illustrious career.

Junior Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) and senior defender Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding) joined Wayson on the CAC First-Team. Mulford is second on the Spartans in scoring as she has posted 52 points on 41 goals and 11 assists. She has notched four game-winning goals while she also leads the team with 10 free position goals.

Vautier has been rock solid on defense for York as she has notched a team-high 26 caused turnovers in addition to recording 59 draw controls and 33 ground balls.

Senior Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) is third in scoring for the Green and White as the four-time All-CAC selection has notched 42 points on 37 goals and five assists. She owns the school record in draw controls and she has a team-leading 68 draw victories this season. Schultz is tied with Mulford for the team-lead with four game-winning goals.

Sophomore Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Delaware County Christian) and freshman Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) have each tallied over 20 points as Castle has tallied 26 points on 25 goals and one assist while Stine has 25 points on 12 goals and a team-leading 13 assists.

In goal for the Spartans, junior Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) has notched a record of 12-3 with a 7.47 goals against average and a .490 save percentage. Smith has played in 767 of the Spartans' 1020 total minutes in net for the year.

The Generals are paced by junior Katie Hagen as she has accumulated 50 points on 29 goals and 21 assists in 18 games this year. She has also notched 23 ground balls, five free position goals and nine caused turnovers.

Junior Meade Brewster is adding 40 points on a team-high 34 goals and six assists. Brewster has also recorded a team-high 69 draw controls. Freshmen Emily Conway and Carly Taglienti have both made impacts on the General lineup. Conway has recorded 34 points on 24 goals and ten assists while Taglienti has 30 points on 21 goals and nine assists. Junior Margret Klein is the other General with more than 30 points as she has 33 points on 31 goals and two assists.

Sophomore Cara Mulligan has played a majority of time in net for the Generals. She owns a 9.31 goals against average and a .435 save percentage. She has notched a record of 10-8 for the year.

The Spartans average 13.4 goals per game as the record an average of 31.9 shots per game. The Green and White grab an average of 17.3 ground balls per game while they win 14.3 draw controls per game. York is shooting 39% on their 113 free position attempts for the year.

The Generals average 10.21 goals per game while they take 28 shots per game. W&L averages 18.3 ground balls per game while they win 12.3 draw controls per contest. The Generals have converted 32% of their free position attempts for the season.

The two teams have played four common opponents while there are five on the schedule. The Generals forfeited their first game of the year at St. Mary's College, a team the Spartans defeated during CAC play. Both teams played Franklin & Marshall, Salisbry, Catholic and Mary Washington. The Generals went 0-4 in those games, losing by an average score of 13.2-6.5.

The Spartans went 3-3 against the four common opponents as they were 2-0 against Mary Washington, 1-0 against Catholic, 0-1 against Franklin & Marshall, and 0-2 against second-ranked Salisbury University.

Tickets for Wednesday's game are $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for students, and $2.00 for children ages 3-to-12. York College students are free with a valid ID card.

First draw is set for 3:00 pm at Kinsley Field. The winner of the game will advance to face the winner of the Franklin & Marshall/Elizabethtown first round game on Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, Md.

Photo: York College senior class (Front row, L to R): Katie Vautier, Michelle Moore, Jordan Hall, Kelsey Evans, Tina Nicklas. Back Row (L to R): Leah Schultz, Kim Wayson, Lauren Kula, Kasie White.