St. Mary's Picks up Key CAC Victory at York

York, Pa. Sophomore midfielders Lauriann Parker (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) and Erin Shackelford (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) combined for 11 points in leading St. Mary's to an important Capital Athletic Conference victory, posting a 12-10 triumph over the host York Spartans Saturday afternoon.

Not only did they snap the Spartans' four-game win streak, St. Mary's (10-5, 4-3 CAC) also leaped-frog York (11-3, 4-3 CAC) for fourth in the league standings with one game remaining in the CAC regular season. The CAC Women's Lacrosse Tournament begins Saturday, April 16 with first round action. The Seahawks will wrap up the conference regular-season with a home game against Marymount (Va.) University on Tuesday, April 12 at 4:00 pm.

Senior midfielder Aubrey Mirkin (Ashton, Md./Sherwood) started the scoring for St. Mary's before Lauren Kula (Frederick, Md.) tied up the game with an unassisted goal at 22:15. Mirkin and junior midfielder Cailey Aburn (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) joined forces for the next two goals as Aburn assisted on Mirkin's and then scored one of her own for a 3-1 Seahawk lead at 20:35.

After Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md.) tallied York's second goal, St. Mary's scored three straight, including two in a 46-second span, to boast a 6-2 lead at 10:00. Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md.), the conference's leading scorer, answered with an unassisted goal at 9:24 but the Seahawks headed into intermission with a four-goal cushion as Parker found the back of the net 35 seconds before halftime.

St. Mary's controlled draw controls and ground balls in the first half both by a 7-4 margin. The tables turned in the second half as York dominated the draw, 9-4, and converted 3 of 4 free position shots to close ranks on the Seahawks. For the game, the Seahawks edged York in ground balls, 16-11, as junior goalie Colleen Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) scooped up a game-high five loose balls.

Shackelford scored the first goal of the second half but York rattled off five unanswered goals to even up the contest for the second time at 8-8 with 12:29 remaining to play. In the 5-0 run, Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md.) scored twice and the Spartans made two free position goals.

The Seahawks got three of those back as Parker dished out assists to sophomore midfielder Emily Shafer (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown), Shackelford, and senior attacker Maggie Macleay (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) for an 11-8 SMCM lead at 5:27. York continued to rally as Mulford and Wayson both tallied goals in a span of 1:10 to pull within 11-10 at 2:52 but Aburn notched the final goal at 2:12.

Simpson denied Wayson's free position shot at 1:16 while first-year midfielder Claire Tiffany (California, Md./Leonardtown) forced a Spartan turnover with 23 seconds left to cut York's rally short.

Simpson finished with 11 saves and one caused turnover.


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