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Spartans Come from Behind for 19-10 Victory

YORK, PA – Kyle Henninger (Millers, Md./Hereford) tallied four scores and Brian O’Neill (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) notched a pair of goals and three assists as the York College men’s lacrosse team rolled to a 19-10 come-from-behind victory over Richard Stockton College Saturday afternoon at York’s Kinsley Field. The Spartans are winners of three straight and improve their record to 4-1 while the Ospreys fall to 0-2 on the young season.

The first quarter did not bode well for the Spartan side as the home squad fell behind 3-0 only 3:26 in the contest. Kyle Hausmann put the Ospreys on the board merely 29 seconds into the game before Stockton’s leading scorer Keith Bologno put his team up 2-0 with a man-advantage goal at the 13:36 mark. Bologno then assisted on the Ospreys’ third score as Josh Dybus rattled the cage with 11:34 remaining in the first quarter.

Kalen Roundy (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) finally lit up the home side of the scoreboard with his goal off a Chris Chappelle (Stevensville, Md./Chesapeake) assist with 7:28 left in the opening frame. Chappelle found Roundy cutting to the goal from the left side of the field as the freshman then collected the pass and laid out headlong to slip in the Spartans’ first tally. Roundy’s beautiful score could not swing momentum over the green and white however, as the Ospreys’ Matt Bell tallied Stockton’s fourth goal with 5:37 to go in the stanza.

Despite the 4-1 margin at the end of the first quarter, the Spartans had outshot their guests 13-9. The combination of York’s inaccuracy and the strong play of Osprey goalkeeper Pete Marcelliano kept the green and white at bay during the opening 15 minutes.

That would all change in the second quarter as the Spartans unleashed a flurry of offensive production. Senior Rob Marine (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) kick-started the onslaught notching his third goal of 2008 with 8:43 to play in the half. Almost immediately after the ensuing face-off, O’Neill found Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) as the sophomore attackman promptly cut the Osprey lead to one. The Spartans would strike again 20 seconds after McNicholas’ tally as Ryan Schab (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) connected with Henninger for the senior’s first of four goals.

With the score now knotted at 4-4, Henninger would give the Spartans their first lead of the contest with 5:22 left in the half. Bologno would answer less than a minute later at the 4:35 mark to tie the score once again but York’s Chappelle would put the Spartans in front for good at 6-5 with his goal 20 seconds later. Steve Roy (Feasterville, Pa./Archbishop Wood) and Schaub would then sandwich a pair of scores around a Steve Mazurek goal to give the Spartans the 8-6 advantage heading into the locker room.

York’s 7-2 second quarter run would be nearly matched in the third frame as the green and white tallied five goals to their opponents’ two. Five different Spartans accounted for each of the scores including Chris Norman (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) who put the home squad up 13-8 with his first goal of the contest with 1:56 left in the period.

The fourth quarter would be all York as the home squad would score six more times. Freshman Mike Lugat (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola) would finish the Spartans’ scoring notching his second goal of the season with 3:53 remaining in the game.   

For the contest, York outshot Stockton 60-25 including 18-7 in the second quarter alone. The Spartans also held a 51-38 bulge in ground balls and won 19 of the 32 face-offs.

The Spartans spread out their 19 goals among 13 players giving good balance to the offensive production. Henninger was the game’s high-scorer with four tallies while O’Neill, Chappelle, and McNicholas each recorded two goals. O’Neill played exceptionally well throughout the contest as he also recorded three assists to lead the Spartans.

Hausmann and Bolgono both performed admirably for the Stockton side registering three and two scores respectively. Bologno also dished-out a pair of assists.

Matt Keeler (Morton, Pa./Ridley) picked up the win for the Spartans as the senior goalkeeper notched a trio of saves in 32:01 of work. Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster) relieved Keeler in the third period and made two stops over his 24:06 while Joe Kenworthy (York, Pa./Severna Park) worked the final 3:53 to secure the victory.

Marcelliano performed exceptionally well despite the final score as he kept 18 Spartan attempts out of the net while Jeff Doyle played the final 3:53 for the Ospreys.

The Spartans return to action Wednesday, March 12, as they host Widener in a 3:30 non-conference tilt.

GAME BOX

Brian O'Neill photo courtesy of Steve Doemland 

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