Dickinson's Consistency Downs Spartans

CARLISLE, PA – The York College men’s lacrosse team dropped their second contest in a row Wednesday afternoon as Dickinson topped the visiting Spartans 12-9. The loss brings the Green and White’s record to 2-4 on the young season while the Red Devils improve to 4-2.
      The Red Devils received three goals from Ted Sirvaitis who paced the Dickinson offensive effort. The home squad used a steady diet of three goals each period including a 3-1 third period.
     Junior attack Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and sophomore attack Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) each scored three times for the Spartans but it was not enough to vault the Spartans past their Carlisle counterparts.
     Following a first period that saw the Red Devils own a 3-2 advantage, the Spartans responded in the second with a 4-3 frame. McNicholas scored twice in the period while Gamble and Ryan Schab (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) each tallied as the squads went into the halftime break deadlocked at six.
     Gamble added his third of the day to open the third period as he gave the Spartans a 7-6 advantage. However, three straight goals from the Red Devils in the third, including a goal and assist from Chris Dodson, gave the home squad a 9-7 lead.
     The fourth quarter would prove the same story for the Red Devils as they notched three more tallies. The Green and White only managed a pair in the frame, an early score from Russell Tutt (Colorado Springs, Colo./Parkville) and one midway through the period from B.J. Blaker (West Chester, Pa./Henderson), as the Dickinson defense held over the final 7:47 to secure the 12-9 victory.
     For the game, Dickinson led in shots 47-37 while also holding the ground ball advantage 46-31. The home team also won a majority of the face-offs winning 14-of-25.
     Sirvaitis spread out each of his three tallies with scores in the first, second, and fourth quarters. Sirvaitis also added one assist for a game-high four points. Phil Caputo, Casey Finkelstein, and Derek Still each scored twice. Defensemen Chris Breslin, Al Golod, and Shea Licata each collected five ground balls to lead the Red Devils. Goalkeeper Russell Matthews secures the win for Dickinson between the pipes courtesy of eleven wins over his 60 minutes.
     McNicholas and Gamble led the Spartans as each recorded a hat trick. Midfielder Mike LaRoque (Arnold, Md./DeMatha) picked up a team-high five ground balls while Zach Scherr (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) won 7-of-10 face-offs. Sophomore net minder Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster) posted an impressive 21 saves to keep the Green and White close throughout the 60 minutes of action.
     The Spartans return home on Saturday, March 21, as they host Capital Athletic Conference foe Marymount. The league contest is slated for 3:00 pm.


Photo of senior midfielder Mike LaRoque