Spartans Fall Hard to Salisbury in CAC Playoffs

SALISBURY, MD - The York College men's lacrosse team dropped at 20-7 result to #1 Salisbury University Thursday afternoon in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The loss ousts the Spartans (9-7) from the playoffs while the Sea Gulls move on to Sunday's final sporting a perfect 16-0 mark.

The home squad jumped out to a very early 2-0 lead, scoring twice in just 34 seconds into the game. York's Mike LaRoque (Arnold, Md./DeMatha) got the Spartans on the board at the 12:16 mark of the first quarter, but that would be as close as the Spartans would come all game.

Salisbury would rattle off six straight goals before the Spartans' Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) was able to find the net on a Chris Norman (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) assist with only 20 seconds remaining in the first stanza. The Sea Gulls' 8-2 first quarter lead would then be bolstered by a five goal second quarter. Over the game's second 15 minutes of action, York was unable score which allowed Salisbury to take a 13-2 lead into the half.

Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) lit up the scoreboard twice in the third frame while Josh Gamble also tallied in the period. The Sea Gulls however, kept their foot on the gas and would lead 17-5 after 45 minutes of play.

Norman and T.C. Cooke (Glenmoore, Pa./Bishop Shanahan), who tallied his first collegiate goal, would add a score apiece in the fourth quarter while Salisbury tacked on three more.

Altogether, the Sea Gulls registered 49 shots to the Spartans' 29. The home squad also led in ground balls 53-35.

McNicholas and Gamble each registered two scores for the Spartans on the day while Norman had a goal and an assist. Dan Wood (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton) led the Spartans with seven ground balls.

Greg Titus was the game's high scorer as he tallied six times for the Sea Gulls. All told eleven different Salisbury players scored over the 60 minutes

Matt Keeler (Morton, Pa./Ridley) takes the loss in net as he made five saves. Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster) relieved Keeler and made eight stops. For Salisbury, Zach Krissoff earns the victory, making three saves while Nick Fiorentino made five stops.

The Spartans close out their 2008 campaign on Tuesday, April 22, with a non-conference tilt at Catholic. Game time is slated for 1:00 pm.

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Ryan McNicholas photo courtesy of Steve Doemland