YORK, PA – The nationally ranked York College women's lacrosse team placed five players on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squads as announced by the league on Wednesday afternoon.
The Spartans were represented on the first team by senior attack Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough), junior midfielder Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Christian), and sophomore defender Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall). Senior goalkeeper Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J/Cinnaminson) and senior attack Jocelyn Hudson (York, Pa./Central York) earned second team honors for the Green and White.
Mulford is making her third appearance on the All-CAC teams, as she was a first team selection in 2013 after being a second team pick in 2012. Mulford leads the 14-3 Spartans in scoring as she has 53 points on 43 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. She has recorded 10 ground balls, converted 8-of-20 free position shots, and collected six draw controls.
Mulford is quickly approaching the 200-point milestone, as she needs four more points to join the highly exclusive club. She has recorded 149 career goals and 47 assists. The only other Spartan to reach the 200-point milestone is all-time leading scorer Kim Wayson. Mulford has recorded multiple points in 12 games including a season-high seven in the CAC semifinal win over Mary Washington. She has scored multiple goals in 12 games including back-to-back six goal performances to close out the regular season at CNU and again against UMW in the tournament.
Mulford ranks fourth in the CAC in goals and 11th in points. She will break the Spartans' school record for games played when she takes the field to face Salisbury in the CAC Championship game on Saturday evening.
Castle has had a fantastic as a junior midfielder for the Green and White. She has played in and started 16 games as she has notched 29 points on 23 goals and six assists. Castle has collected 19 ground balls, 27 draw controls, and 13 caused turnovers. She has scored in 14 of her 16 games this season and has six multiple point games. Castle has grabbed at least one ground ball in 10 contests and notched at least one draw control in 13 of her appearances with a season high of four coming twice during the year.
For her career, Castle has notched 75 points on 65 goals and 10 assists with 53 ground balls, 105 draw controls, and 32 caused turnovers. She ranks fourth on the Spartans' all-time list in draw controls.
Strauch has been outstanding on the defensive end of the field for the Green and White in 2014. Strauch has played in and started 16 games and leads the Spartans with 34 ground balls while she is second on the squad with 34 draw controls. She also ranks second on the team with 17 caused turnovers. Strauch anchors a Spartan defense that has allowed an average of 7.38 goals per game as opponents average 21.5 shots per game with a .348 shooting percentage.
For her career, Strauch has forced 38 turnovers with 66 ground balls and 39 draw controls. She is tied for eighth in school history in caused turnovers in just two years of play.
Smith is making her second All-CAC appearance as a goalkeeper after going 13-3 in net for the Spartans. She has played in and started 16 games as she has logged 914:40 in goal for York. Smith owns a .539 save percentage and a 7.87 goals against average. She has faced 349 shots and recorded 135 saves. Smith has registered double figures in saves in five games including a career-high tying 13 in the CAC semifinal win over Mary Washington. She registered a season-low in goals allowed with three against Marymount and again against Frostburg State.
Smith ranks second in all-time goalkeeper wins at YCP with 27 while she has recorded 250 saves, which also places her second in that category. Smith owns a career .507 save percentage and a career 7.74 goals against average.
Smith is first in the CAC in save percentage, second in goals against average, second in wins, and fourth in minutes played.
Hudson is making her first All-CAC appearance as she has blossomed as a senior for the Green and White. Hudson has played in all 17 games for the Spartans. She has scored 25 points on 24 goals and on assist. She leads the Spartans in draw controls with 76 and has notched 10 ground balls.
Hudson is second in the CAC in draw controls and is second on the Spartans' single-season list for draw controls.
The Spartans will take on No. 2 Salisbury University in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, May 3 at 6:00 pm in Salisbury, MD. The winner earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament while the loser will likely earn an at-large bid to the national tournament. This is the third consecutive year the Spartans will travel to Salisbury for the conference title game.