Spartans Fall to #4 Roanoke in Season Opener

Spartans Fall to #4 Roanoke in Season Opener

SALEM, VA – The York College men’s lacrosse team opened their 2010 campaign with a humbling 22-5 loss to fourth-ranked Roanoke College on a cold Saturday afternoon in Salem, VA. The Spartans fall to 4-7 overall on opening day as they now sit at 0-1. The Maroons are now 1-0 as they have beaten the Spartans in York’s last two season openers.

The Maroons jumped on the Spartans early and often as they led 5-0 after the first period of play. Two of Roanoke’s goals came on special teams as they picked up a man advantage goal and a man down goal.

Roanoke pushed the lead to 10-0 before the Spartans got on the board courtesy of Travis Atwell (Dunkirk, Md./Southern) goal with 5:31 left in the second period. Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) scored less than 40 seconds later but the Maroons scored the final goal of the half as they took an 11-2 lead to the break.

The Maroons took away any doubt about the final outcome in the third period as they scored the first seven goals of the quarter to take an 18-2 lead. Four of the seven goals were on the man advantage as the Maroon special teams were clicking all day. Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) stopped the bleeding with a goal with 51 seconds left in the third.

Roanoke scored the first four goals of the fourth before the Green and White got the final two goals of the game to provide for the final margin.

Matt Quinton and Richard Lachlan recorded five goals to pace the Maroon offense. Trey Keeley picked up three goals and two assists while Justin Tuma contributed three goals and one assist.

York had five different players score goals with McNicholas being York’s lone multiple point scorer with a goal and an assist.

Jake Dorsey earned the win in goal for Roanoke as he made eight saves in his 56:44 of work. Dorsey allowed all five of the Spartan goals before giving way to Kyle Hagens who played the final 3:16 of the game.

Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster) suffered the loss in goal as he allowed 17 goals with seven saves in 39:22 of work. Michael Karwoski (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) played the final 20:38, allowing five goals with one save.

Roanoke held a significant advantage in every statistical category. They outshot York 64-25, held a 44-29 edge in ground balls, and a 21-10 margin in face-offs. York committed 36 turnovers while they went 18-of-31 in clear attempts.

The Spartans are now off until next Saturday when they travel to Virginia Wesleyan to face the Marlins in a non-conference contest. Face off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.

Adam Cooper photo by Scott Guise.