April 24, 2012

York, Salisbury Advance to CAC Women's Final

from staff reports

CAC Semifinal: York 9, Mary Washington 6

YORK, Pa. – The No. 11 York College women's lacrosse team advanced to the championship game of the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament after registering a 9-6 victory against No. 13 Mary Washington on Tuesday in the semifinal round of the league playoffs. The Spartan triumph extended their overall record to 14-3, as their 14th win of the season set a new program record for victories in a single season. The Eagles' loss dropped them to 13-4 on the season, as they must now wait to see if they earn an NCAA tournament at-large bid.

York came out of the gates firing, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes of the game. Kim Wayson scored two of them, with sophomore Erica Mulfordadding 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.  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 Spartans run, as they notched three more consecutive tallies, including two goals by Kerri Nicolich, to extend their lead to 7-1.

York capitalized on seven of its first nine possessions in the first half and led 8-2 at the break.

Mary Washington scored 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 Eagles surge.

Nicolich was able to break York's 25-minute scoring drought by connecting 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, the No. 2 scorer in the CAC this season. Evans stoned a Kennedy free position shot with 2:38 left before registering a second save just 12 seconds later to seal the victory.

Leah Schultz notched a game-high six draw controls for York. Wayson and Nicolich each posted three goals, while Schultz tallied twice and Mulford added one.

Kennedy and Petrucelli combined for four of Mary Washington's six goals in the loss.

York will make its first trip to the CAC championship game, visiting Maryland's eastern shore to take on No. 1 Salisbury, who topped No. 19 Stevenson 9-4 in the other semifinal, for the CAC title on Saturday.

CAC Semifinal: York 9, Mary Washington 6

SALISBURY, Md. -- Katie Bollhorst totaled six points on three goals and three assists to lead No. 1 Salisbury to a 9-4 victory over No. 17 Stevenson Tuesday at Sea Gull Stadium in the semifinals of the CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship.

After the Mustangs (9-7) pulled within one for the second time in the game at 5-4, the Sea Gulls scored the game's last four goals over the final 19 minutes to avoid their first loss of the season and advance to the conference championship for the 10th-straight season.

Salisbury (17-0) took a 4-1 lead in the game's first 21 minutes before Stevenson scored back-to-back goals from senior Kelly Lekas (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) and sophomore Leah Warner (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) to pull within one with 51 seconds remaining in the first half.

However, the Sea Gulls' Brittany Baer scored the first of her two goals off an assist from Bollhorst with just seven seconds left to take a 5-3 halftime lead.

Sophomore Marissa Meiklejohn (Severn, Md./Old Mill) netted her second goal of the game only 1:48 into the second half to pull the Mustangs back within one, but that would be as close as they would get as Salisbury scored the final four goals of the game to remain unbeaten in 10 home games this season.

Led by three caused turnovers and two ground balls from freshman Meg Gill (White Hall, Md./North Harford), the Stevenson defense held the Sea Gulls to their lowest goal total of the season. Salisbury entered the game ranked fourth in Division III with 238 goals.

Senior Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park, Md./Seton Keough) and Sea Gull keeper Hannah Whiteley each finished with five saves.

Senior Lauren Taguding (Baltimore, Md./Towson) had four draw controls while senior Laura Grammer (Parkville, Md./Perry Hall) had three as the Mustangs held a 9-6 advantage.

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