York (Pa.) tops Mary Washington
Spartans earn 14th win, highest total in program history
YORK, Pa. -- No. 11 York (Pa.) advanced to the championship game of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament after registering a 9-6 victory against No. 12 Mary Washington on Tuesday in the semifinals. The Spartan triumph extended their overall record to 14-3 as their 14th win of the season sets a new program record. The Eagles' loss dropped them to 13-4 on the season.
The Green and White came out of the gates firing as they connected with the back of the net three times in the first seven minutes of the game. Kim Wayson provided two of the three opening scores with Erica Mulford adding the other unassisted goal.
Mary Washington briefly slowed the Spartan attack with a goal at the 22:28 mark of the first half to bring the game to 3-1. Undaunted, York responded in just 30 seconds as Wayson notched her third goal of the game.
Katie Vautier snagged the ensuing draw control, raced toward York's attacking end and found Wayson who knifed in for the tally. Wayson's goal sparked another Spartan run as they scored three more times to extend their lead to 7-1. Kerri Nicolich's two goals during that second run aided the Spartan attack.
York capitalized on seven of their first nine possessions in the first half behind several great individual efforts. Both teams scored a single goal in the last 15 minutes of the first half as York took an 8-2 lead to the break.
The Eagle squad started the second half looking to quickly slice into the Spartan advantage. The guests tallied four consecutive goals during the first 18 minutes of the second half, cutting the Spartan lead to 8-6. Catherine Kennedy, Maggie Nunn, and Jenna Petrucelli led the Eagle surge.
Nicolich was then able to break York's 25-minute scoring drought by connecting with the back of the net. Nicolich's goal came on a free-position shot that extended the Spartans' lead to 9-6 with five minutes remaining.
Leading by three with time ticking down, Spartan goalkeeper Kelsey Evans made two consecutive saves on shots from Kennedy, who has the second-most goals in the CAC. Evans stoned a Kennedy free-position shot with 2:38 left to play before registering a second save just 12 seconds later to keep the game at 9-6 York.
York led the game with 15 groundballs and 10 draw controls while the Eagles posted nine and seven, respectively. Leah Schultz notched a game-high six draw controls for the Green and White. York's 8-2 first half lead was due in large part to the Spartans' effectiveness in winning the draw.
Wayson and Nicolich each posted three goals while Schultz tallied two and Mulford added one. Evans totaled with five saves.
Kennedy and Petrucelli contributed for four of Mary Washington's six goals. Goalkeeper Kathryn Stiltz recorded six saves for the Eagles.