SALISBURY, MD – The York College women's lacrosse team was in a familiar position on Saturday night as they traveled to Salisbury University to face the Sea Gulls in a Capital Athletic Conference championship game for the third straight year.
Unfortunately for York, the results were the same as the Gulls captured their 14th CAC championship with a 13-6 win over York.
The Sea Gulls earn the CAC's automatic bid as they improve to 18-1 for the year. The Spartans fall to 14-4 overall. The loss snaps York's eight game win streak.
The teams traded goals in the opening 11 minutes of the game before the Gulls took the lead for good on a Bethany Baer tally at the 12:30 mark of the first half. That kick started a four goal Salisbury run that turned a 2-2 game into a 6-2 Sea Gull lead.
Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) netted a goal at the 3:10 mark to stop the Salisbury run but Shelby Nemecek got a goal inside the final minute to give SU a 7-3 lead at the break.
Mulford opened the scoring in the second half but the Gulls put the game away with another four-goal spurt, pushing their advantage to 11-4 with 18:25 left in the game. Mulford scored her third goal of the game a minute and a half later but Salisbury scored their final two goals before Megan Stine (Stevensville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) concluded the game with a free position goal with 3:23 left in the game.
Shannon Carta led the Gulls with four goals on just six shots including 2-of-3 on free position shots. Nemecek added three goals while Kate Haker also had three points on a pair of goals and an assist. Baer contributed a pair of goals to the Salisbury attack.
Carta, Nemecek and Laura Maskell each had three draw controls for Salisbury.
Mulford led the Spartans with three goals while Stine was also very good with four points on two goals and two assists. Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) scored York's other goal as they were the only three Spartans to score goals for York.
Mulford is now just one point short of becoming the Spartans' second 200-career point scorer after her three points left her at 199.
The Sea Gulls outshot the Spartans 25-19 for the game while they also held a slight 11-10 margin in draw controls and a 13-10 advantage in ground balls.
Turnovers again hurt York as they committed 11 miscues to just six for Salisbury.
Ashton Wheatley earned the win in net for Salisbury as she made seven saves. Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) registered seven saves in her 60 minutes in cage for York.
The Spartans will now wait to see if they can earn their third straight NCAA Tournament at-large bid. The NCAA announces the tournament field on Sunday evening. Please check back at www.ycpspartans.com for complete NCAA tournament information.