St. Mary's City, Md. – Junior attacker Emily Shafer (Hollywood, Md./Leonardtown) paced the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team with two goals and two assists as the Seahawks dropped a 12-7 decision to No. 11 York College of Pennsylvania in the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season finale Tuesday afternoon.
Shafer finished with a game-high four points while senior captain Cailey Aburn (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll School) and first-year midfielder Daniella Hanacek (Rockville, Md./T.S. Wootton) each contributed two goals.
York (13-3, 7-1 CAC) posted a 4-0 lead at 19:03 as sophomore attacker Erica Mulford (Crownsville, Md./Seton Keough) rattled off three straight in a 3:40-minute span. Aburn finally put the Seahawks on the scoreboard when she converted a free position shot for a goal at 10:33.
Junior attacker Kasie White (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) snapped the Spartans' 10-minute scoreless drought but junior midfielder Lauriann Parker (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) responded for St. Mary's to make it 5-2 at 7:24. The Seahawks kept York at bay until the last three minutes of the half when the Spartans made good on a pair of free position shots for a 7-2 York lead at halftime.
Mulford ended the game with her three first-half goals to lead the Spartans while White and junior attacker Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md./Southern) each added two goals and an assist.
Shafer closed the gap to 7-3 with the first goals of the second half at 22:45 but York answered with back-to-back goals from White and Wayson to own a 9-3 advantage. Hanacek ended the Spartans' run with a free position goal at 14:01. Two York goals stretched the visitors' lead to 11-4 at 11:17.
St. Mary's (8-8, 4-4 CAC) notched three of the game's final four goals, including Aburn's quick-shot goal as the final horn went off.
York outshot the Seahawks, 29-16, while boasting a 17-3 advantage in draw controls as junior midfielder Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md./Seton Keough) picked up a game-high five draw controls. However, ground balls were even at 19 apiece.
Senior goalkeeper Colleen Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) made 11 stops, including eight in the second half, while scooping up six ground balls and causing two turnovers. York's junior Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) registered four stops and one loose ball pickup.
As the No. 5 seed in the 2012 CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Tournament, the Seahawks will be back in action on Saturday, April 21st when St. Mary's travels to Owings Mills, Md. to take on fourth-seeded Stevenson University (7-6, 4-3 CAC) for first round action. Game time to be determined.