Mulford, Smith Named IWLCA All-Americans
YORK, Pa. – York College senior women's lacrosse players Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) and Ashley Smith (Cinnaminson, N.J./Cinnaminson) have earned second-team All-America honors as named by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association on Monday morning.
Mulford finishes her Spartan career as one of the greatest offensive players to wear the Green and White. She leaves York as the program's all-time leader in games played (74), in addition to having the third-most starts with 60.
The senior co-captain ranks second at York in career points with 202, only the second Spartan to reach the 200-point milestone. Mulford's totals of 155 goals and 47 assists both rank third all-time at York.
She also ranks second with 10 career game-winning goals, including the second-highest single-season total with four in two separate seasons (2013, 2014). The senior attacker also holds the third most career free-position goals with 34.
The three-time All-CAC selection finished her 2014 campaign ranked fourth in the conference in goals with 49 and eight in points with 59.
Smith ends a storied Spartan career as she owns both the best career save percentage (.498) and single-season save percentage (.512) in program history. The senior co-captain net-minder also holds the single-season record for wins with 15 (2014).
Smith ranks second in goals-against average (8.13), career saves (278) and career wins (28), while ranking third in saves-per-game (6.45) and single-season saves with 163 (2014).
A two-time All-CAC selection, Smith ended her senior season ranked second in the conference in saves (165), save percentage (.512) and goals-against average (8.61).
Nationally, Smith's .512 save percentage ranked 17th in the NCAA and her 165 saves were the 21st highest total in Division III.
Head coach Jen Muston was very proud of her two Spartan seniors as they were honored with this very deserving award.
"Erica is one of the best attackers in the DIII and I'm just really proud that she is being recognized for her efforts," said Muston. "Erica provided us with big plays and big goals in key situations when we needed it as she had a great overall season for us."
"Ashley really stepped up and took control of the defensive unit this year," explained Muston. "Ashley is one of the best goalies in Division III and definitely pushed us to a new level defensively this year as she was a difference maker in games when we really needed someone to make an impact."
"I'm really proud of both of them and it's a great way for them to end their careers because it's not easy to be selected as an All-American, it's a very competitive process," stated Muston. "They are both completely deserving of this honor because it sums up their careers and the work they have put in to become great."
Photos courtesy of David Sinclair