Four Spartans Land Spots On IWLCA All-Region First Team
YORK, Pa. – Four members of the York College women's lacrosse team received Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Metro Region selections as announced by the national office on Monday.
Senior attack Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough), senior goalkeeper Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson), junior midfielder Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and sophomore defender Megan Strauch (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) all earned First Team All-Metro Region selections, the most First Team selections in program history.
Mulford collects her third all-region selection with her second straight first team selection. The senior attacker leads the 15-4 Spartans in scoring as she has 59 points on a team-high 49 goals with 10 assists. She converted 8-of-20 free position shots, scooped up 10 ground balls, collected seven draw controls and caused six turnovers.
Mulford, the program record holder for games played, became the second Spartan in program history to reach the 200-point milestone as she needed just one point heading into last Saturday's NCAA Tournament game against St. John Fisher. Mulford sits second on York's all-time points list with 202 career points on 155 goals and 47 assists.
After another stellar season in net for the Spartans, Smith finds herself on the all-region team for the second straight season. Starting all 18 games she played for the Green and White, the senior net-minder has compiled a CAC-best .515 save percentage, while ranking second in the conference in both saves (154) and goals-against average (8.41).
Smith ranks second all-time in program history with 28 wins, while currently ranking first in save percentage (.499) and goals-against average (8.02).
Castle has been a steady force in the YCP midfield during her junior campaign, while earning her first spot on the IWLCA All-Metro Region team. She has started all 18 games she has played in this season as she ranks third on the team with 34 points on 26 goals and eight assists. Castle has picked up 22 ground balls, collected 28 draw controls and caused 13 turnovers.
For her career, Castle has 80 career points on 68 goals and 12 assists, in addition to 106 draw controls, 56 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers.
Strauch has helped anchor a Spartan defense that is allowing just 7.92 goals per game as opponents have compiled a .366 shot percentage and are averaging 21.8 shots per game against York. The All-CAC first team defender leads the team with 35 ground balls, while ranking second in caused turnovers (18) and draw controls (34).
In her two-year collegiate career, Strauch has picked up 67 ground balls, collected 39 draw controls and caused 39 turnovers.
The Spartans look continue their run in the NCAA Tournament in the regional semifinals as they take on Amherst College on Saturday in Amherst, Mass. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.