March 12, 2008

Spartans Drop Widener 9-5

YORK, PA – On a sun splashed, windy late winter afternoon, the York College men’s lacrosse team defeated Widener University 9-5 at York’s Kinsley Field. The victory perks the Spartan record to 5-1 as the green and white have won four straight. The Pride drops to 1-3 on the season.

Adam Cooper (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) gave York the initial 1-0 lead 1:51 into the game on a Mike LaRoque (Arnold, Md./DeMatha) assist. Kyle Henninger (Millers, Md./Hereford) added to the Spartans’ lead with 11:51 to go in the first frame. The senior’s 12th goal of the season came off a Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) assist and put the green and white up 2-0.

Widener’s Clint Quedenfeld answered seven seconds later to cut the Spartan advantage to one. He then proceeded to tally two more scores to put his squad up 3-2 with 7:31 left in the second stanza.

Rob Marine (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) tied the score with his fourth goal of the season at the 5:37 mark of the second quarter. McNicholas then closed out the first half scoring with a goal off a Kalen Roundy (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) assist and gave the Spartans the 4-3 halftime lead.

The third period proved a battle of defensive units, as neither team was able to forge much offense. York’s LaRoque was able to break through for the period’s only score at 7:13 to give York the 5-3 lead.

An offensive explosion erupted in the fourth frame as the sides combined for six goals. LaRoque tallied his second of the contest with 9:30 left in the game while Henninger completed York’s 5-0 run with his 8:48 notch from a McNicholas pass. York now held a 7-3 advantage.

JJ Hoeffler cut the Spartan lead to three with a goal at the 7:32 mark but Steve Roy (Feasterville, Pa./Archbishop Wood) answered for the Spartans with 4:40 remaining.

With the green and white comfortably ahead at 8-4, Widener’s Cory Malampy made the game a little less comfortable for the home squad with a tally at the 2:20 mark. With the score now at 8-5, McNicholas squelched any attempt for a comeback as he scored with 1:28 left in the game as the assist was credited to Chris Norman (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck).

For the game, the Spartans held a 43-24 lead in shots and a 39-30 advantage in ground balls. The most telling statistic was Widener’s 33 turnovers as the Spartans only gave the ball away 19 times.

McNicholas had a great day for the Spartans notching a pair of scores and two assists. Henninger’s two scores gives the senior a team-leading 13 on the season while he posted one assist. LaRoque also scored twice and registered one helper. Junior defenseman Steve Mersinger (Westminster, Md./Westminster) tallied a game-high eight ground balls and caused a pair of Widener turnovers.  

Quedenfeld paced the Pride as he had a hand in each of his squad’s five tallies. The senior attackman posted a hat trick and two helpers to bump his season totals to 14 goals and six assists. Hoeffler and Malampy each chipped in with one goal apiece. Additionally, Justin Upp was dominant for the Pride on face-offs winning 10-of-15.
Matt Keeler (Morton, Pa./Ridley) earns the win between the Spartan pipes notching four saves in his 60 minutes of work. Tim Collins takes the loss for Widener registering 14 saves for the contest.

The Spartans return to action this Saturday as they travel to Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley College. Start time from Dover, Del. is slated for 1:00 pm.

GAME BOX