Wayson and Vautier Victorious in Final Collegiate Game
YORK, PA – York College graduating seniors Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) and Katie Vautier (Harwood, Md./Archbishop Spalding) represented the Spartan women's lacrosse squad at Saturday's IWLCA Division III All-Star game held at Cabrini College in Philadelphia. The Spartan duo helped lead the South squad to an 11-10 victory in the game.
Wayson, who departs the Spartans' program as the all-time leading scorer, notched a goal in the victory. Vautier, one of the premiere defensive players in the region, forced a pair of caused turnovers in the win.
Spartan head coach Jen Muston enjoyed getting to sit back and watch her two All-Americans perform one last time together on the field.
"It was so much fun seeing Kim and Katie compete with the best seniors in the game," said Muston. "I really enjoyed being able to sit down in a relaxed setting to watch them play in a game, something I really haven't done since I was recruiting them five years ago. It was a great experience for them, and really satisfying for me to see how far they have come and how much they have improved. Both girls played really well in the game and contributed to the win. I am very proud of them and it was a great way for Kim, Katie and I to celebrate and wrap up their successful careers. It was also really great exposure for York Lacrosse, and a great way to get our name out there."
Wayson and Vautier, who were each named IWLCA second team All-Americans at the end of the season, each relished the chance to play one more game.
"I was very honored to be selected to play with some of the best players in Division III lacrosse," said Wayson. "The game was a great experience and it was great to be on the field with Katie one more time."
Vautier echoed those feelings.
"I was truly honored for the opportunity to play with some of the best seniors in Division III," said Vautier. "I got the opportunity to play with some seniors who I had played against these past four years and I even played against girls from teams I had never played before. It was a lot of fun to be able to play collegiate lacrosse one last time, especially with Kim. We have had a great four years together and this was a great way to end our careers."
The duo was also very appreciative of their careers at York.
"I have had a great time at York," said Vautier. "Coach Muston was a great coach and she helped me develop into the person I am today. She taught not only lessons on the lacrosse field, but also life lessons and how to take what we learned in college and apply it to the real world. My team became my family away from home. Through the times when we got crushed to when we won in the NCAA tournament, I could not have asked for a better team. I know those girls will always have my back and I will have theirs, even as we all go our separate ways."
Wayson felt much the same way.
"My past four years at York have been the best four years of my life so far," said Wayson. "I will definitely miss playing in collegiate lacrosse games."
The duo helped lead the Spartans to 51 wins over the last four years including a pair of CAC Championship game appearances, two NCAA Tournament appearances and the program's first NCAA Tournament victory. The Spartans went 28-10 over the last two years.
Photo of Kim Wayson, Jen Muston and Katie Vautier courtesy of Becky Vautier