March 18, 2008

Spartans' Strong Effort Falls Just Short

YORK, PA – The York College men’s lacrosse team suffered a tough 10-8 loss to #17 Dickinson College on a gray and brisk Wednesday evening at York’s Kinsley Field. The Spartans fall to 5-3 on the season while Dickinson improves to
5-1.

Steve Roy (Feasterville, Pa./Archbishop Wood) opened the scoring for the Spartan side tallying the game’s first goal 1:27 into the contest. After a Dickinson tied the early score at one goal apiece, Roy notched his second of game to put the green and white back in front at the 9:47 mark. Merely 25 seconds later, the Red Devils’ Jon Schneider evened the score once again, now at 2-2. With 3:54 to play in the quarter, John Gaeta’s (Bel Air, Md./Archbishop Curley) seventh goal of the season put the home squad on top 3-2.  Almost repeating the sequence from six minutes earlier, Dickinson brought the score level once again just 25 seconds after Gaeta’s score, with a Ted Sirvaitis goal from Bennett Alberston’s assist.  

The second period belonged to Dickinson as the Red Devils notched a trio of scores while the Spartans could only manage one tally. Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) did open the second frame with a goal at the 12:18 mark to put York ahead by one at 4-3. Then the visitors rattled off three unanswered scores in the stanza. Sirvaitis capped the half’s scoring with his second goal of the game with 2:50 showing on the clock. After the first 30 minutes of action, Dickinson led 6-4.

York would battle after the halftime break but was simply unable to overcome the Red Devil lead. Dickinson would strike first in the third quarter on a Derek Still score to go up 7-4. The sides traded goals throughout the rest of the frame as McNicholas and Chris Chappelle (Stevensville, Md./Chesapeake) both notched tallies while Still tallied another in-between the Spartan scores. Dickinson would take the 8-6 lead into the final frame.

The fourth quarter was much the same story as the sides continued to trade goals. Ryan Schab’s (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) early fourth stanza tally brought the green and white to within one at 8-7 with 12:54 remaining in the game. The tough Sirvaitis however, gave the Red Devils the two-goal advantage once again at 11:18 mark.    

With only 8:36 left to play, Kalen Roundy (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) finished York’s eighth goal of the contest to bring the score to 9-8. Dickinson answered 1:13 later when Still tallied his fourth and final goal of the contest and give the game’s final 10-8 result.

For the contest, the Spartans owned a strong 33-22 advantage in shots while also owning a 29-27 edge ground balls. The Red Devils earned wins in 13-of-22 face-offs with much credit due to Pat Curley, Dickinson’s face-off specialist. Curley dominated in the early face-offs as his efforts helped the Red Devils win 10-of-12 in the first half.

Roy netted a hat trick for the Spartan side as he boosts his season total to ten scores. McNicholas also scored multiple times tallying two goals. Kyle Henninger (Millers, Md./Hereford) notched two assists while Chappelle added one helper. Zach Scherr (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) played a fantastic contest, specializing in face-offs against Curley. The sophomore disrupted Curley’s early momentum and earned eight of York’s nine face-off victories and won five of the game’s final six attempts. Rob Marine (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) also posted a strong contest for the green and white registering five ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Still was the game’s high scorer with four goals on the day while Sirvaitis scored a hat trick of his own to go along with one assist. Chris Dodson added two assists for the Red Devils. Curley picked up a game-high eight ground balls with a majority of those coming from face-off victories.

Matt Keeler (Morton, Pa./Ridley) takes the loss in the Spartan net making ten saves in his 60 minutes of work. Russell Matthews earns his fifth win of the season as he made eleven stops for the Red Devils.

The Spartans return to action this Saturday, March 22, as they travel to Marymount for a 1:00 pm tilt.

GAME BOX