Wolverine Second Half Run Dooms Spartans
DOVER, DE - The York College men’s lacrosse team had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 9-8 Capital Athletic Conference loss at Wesley College. The Spartans fall to 5-2 on the season including 1-1 in league play. Wesley improves to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the CAC.
Wesley’s Brian Bivins scored the game-winner with 14 seconds left in the game to give his squad the valuable CAC victory. Bivins’ goal capped a 6-1 second half run for the Wolverines.
With the Spartans leading 7-3 after the game’s first 30 minutes, Wesley came out an inspired bunch in the second half and fought all the way back to earn the win.
To open the game, the Wolverines jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Kirk Waldie found Brad Smith a mere 30 seconds into the contest.
Surprised, but not rattled by Wesley’s quick strike, the Spartans promptly answered on a Brian O’Neill (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) score 39 seconds after Smith’s tally. Kyle Henninger (Millers, Md./Hereford) then gave York the lead with 10:28 to go in the first frame. York would go on to notch five unanswered goals in the opening period to go into the second quarter holding a 5-1 advantage.
Dan Skeels would cut the Spartan lead to 5-2 with his score at the 12:05 mark in the second stanza. Spartan senior Steve Roy (Feasterville, Pa./Archbishop Wood) tallied with 7:26 remaining before Henninger followed with his second of the contest to up the lead to 7-2. Skeels added another score for the Wolverines before the halftime whistle as the squads went into the break with the Spartans leading 7-3.
The third frame was nearly all Wesley as the Wolverines tallied three scores in the frame, all within a one minute period. After a Spartan penalty resulted in a man-up opportunity for the home squad, Eric Crumbock capitalized with a goal at the 7:21 mark. Crumbock etched his name in the scorebook again with 6:35 to play in the period to bring the score to 7-5 Spartans. Exactly one minute after Crumbock’s first tally and just 14 seconds after his second, Skeels completed the 3-0 run with another man-up goal at 6:21. The Spartan lead had suddenly gone from four to one, all within 60 seconds.
Henninger put an end to the Wolverine spurt with his third goal of the contest with 2:44 remaining in the quarter. The senior’s team-leading sixteenth goal of the year made the stanza a little easier to stomach for the visitors but Wesley had still gained significant momentum as the fourth quarter would commence with the Spartans owning a slight 8-6 lead.
Luke Moeller brought the Wolverines to within one at 8-7 as he tallied just 27 seconds into the fourth. Wesley would keep the pressure on the Spartans and tie the game at 8-8. Waldie’s goal with 9:05 to go evened the score for the first time since the the 10:29 mark in the first quarter.
As both sides pressed for the victory during the final nine minutes it was Wesley who came out on top with Bivins’ late score.
For the game, the Spartans held a slight edge in shots at 36-34, while Wesley owned the ground ball advantage picking up 26 to York’s 22.
Henninger was the Spartans’ leading scorer tallying three goals on the day as he also dished out one assist. Five other Spartans each had one score. Chris Chappelle (Stevensville, Md./Chesapeake) earned his three assists on each of Henninger’s tallies, while Chris Norman (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) added a pair of helpers.
Skeels recorded a hat trick for the Wolverines as Crumbock chipped in with two scores and one assist. Waldie also had a solid day for the home squad notching one goal, one assist, and a game-high six ground balls.
Matt Keeler (Morton, Pa./Ridley) takes the loss for the Spartans making 13 saves over his 60 minutes while Jim McCleaft earns the victory between the Wesley pipes as he made 15 stops.
The Spartans return home on Tuesday, March 18, to host Dickinson
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