YORK, PA – The York College men’s
lacrosse team captured a thrilling 10-8 senior day victory over
visiting Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington Saturday
afternoon at York’s Kinsley Field. The green and white
improves to 7-6 on the season and 3-4 in Capital Athletic
Conference play while the Eagles fall to 5-6 overall at 2-4 in the
The Spartans combined a six-goal explosion in the third quarter with clutch defending and goalkeeping throughout the second half to secure the win. After a lackluster first half performance that resulted in a 4-1 halftime score in favor of the visitors, the Spartans came out firing in the second half as Steve Roy (Feasterville, Pa./Archbishop Wood) cut the Eagle advantage to two just 47 seconds into the frame. Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) then cut the lead to one at 4-3 at the 11:14 mark. Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) evened the score less than a minute later on an assist from Ryan Schab (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip).
A tally from Mary Washington’s Scott Fletcher at 9:54 halted the Spartan run and gave the visitors the lead at 5-4. Merely 42 seconds later, York’s Gamble would tie the score once again with his second tally of the day. The green and white would finish out the quarter with a pair of late goals from McNicholas including one with only 25 seconds left in the stanza. At the end of 45 minutes of play the Spartans found themselves up 7-5.
The Spartans would increase their advantage to 8-5 on Gamble’s third score of the day only 45 seconds into the final quarter. Mary Washington answered with two straight scores to cut the York advantage to one at 8-7 with 10:28 remaining.
The Spartans were then forced to thwart numerous Eagle attempts to even the score, as time slowly ticked off the endline scoreboard at the far end of Kinsley Field. After seven minutes of bated breath, the Spartans gained a bit of breathing room when Kyle Henninger (Millers, Md./Hereford) notched his second goal of the day with 3:03 to play, pushing the score to 9-7 Spartans. York’s guests simply refused to go away and brought the score to 9-8 on a man-down score by Charlie White with 1:55 left in the contest.
After a frantic two minutes, Gamble finally put the game away for the Spartans on a point-blank score with merely seven seconds to go in the game.
For the contest, the Spartans led their guests 35-25 in total shots while picking up 52 ground balls to the Eagles’ 42. York secured 12-of-22 face-offs including 6-of-8 in the third quarter.
Gamble was the Spartans leading scorer notching four goals on the day. McNicholas and Roy also tallied multiple times scoring three and two respectively. Mike LaRoque (Arnold, Md./DeMatha) was brilliant in face-offs for the York side as he won 9-of-15 chances to go along with a team-high nine ground balls. Senior long-stick midfielder Mike Stokes (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) frustrated the Eagles throughout the game with his emotional and inspired play, scooping up eight ground balls along the way. Defenseman Dan Wood (Montauk, N.Y./East Hampton) also performed exceptionally well causing six turnovers and collecting three ground balls.
For the Eagles, Daniel Coats, Brent Fisk, and White each tallied twice while Sean Brown also added one score. Ryan Motyka collected a game-high ten ground balls and was 10-of-20 on face-off attempts. Geoff Prin caused four turnovers and gathered three ground balls.
Matt Keeler (Morton, Pa./Ridley) was magnificent between the pipes for the Spartan side as he picks up the win in net. Keeler made eight saves including several brilliant stops to hold the Eagles at bay. Fittingly, senior goalkeeper Joe Kenworthy (York, Pa./Severna Park) made the game’s final save.
Ryan Kleman posted an exceptionally strong performance in net for Mary Washington, making eleven saves in his 60 minutes of work.
The Spartans hit the road for their final regular season game before CAC playoffs commence. York travels to Susquehanna next Wednesday for the 3:00 pm non-conference tilt.
Josh Gamble photo courtesy of Scott Guise