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Big Fourth Quarter Lifts Spartans to Home Opening Victory

YORK, PA  - Behind a seven-goal fourth quarter, the York College men’s lacrosse team captured their first victory of the 2010 season on Saturday afternoon, besting visiting St. Vincent 16-11. With the triumph, the Green and White nab the win in their home-opener to go to 1-2 on the season while the Bearcats begin the year at 0-1.

Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) paced the Spartans offensively as he tallied a game-high six goals. Three of those tallies came during York’s fourth-quarter surge to put the game out of reach.

Much of the contest proved a back-and-forth affair as the Spartans went into the fourth quarter up a mere one at 9-8.

St. Vincent’s Zach Wilfong quickly erased that deficit just 18 seconds into the final period on his first goal of the game. Wilfong struck again with 12:30 to play to swing the lead over to the visitors’ side at 10-9.

Wilfong’s second tally woke the Spartans up however, as the Green and White embarked on an extended seven-goal run.

Sophomore B.J. Blaker (West Chester, Pa./Henderson), who is coming off a fantastic rookie campaign, brought the score back even at 10-10 with his fifth goal of the season at the 10:35 mark. Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) followed shortly after with his team-leading eleventh of the year, converting on a Gamble assist. In perhaps one of the prettiest scores of the afternoon, York swung the ball to Gamble along the left side of the goal. The Spartan junior then found a wide-open McNicholas on the doorstep of the Bearcat cage before McNicholas calmly slipped home the tally.

In nearly as quickly as they lost the lead, the Spartans had regained the advantage as their back-to-back tallies put the home squad up 11-10 with 9:17 to play.

The Spartan onslaught continued as Nick Bach (Glen Burnie, Md./North County) gave York a two-goal advantage with his 6:42 tally. Gamble would then net three of York’s next four scores, beginning at the 4:56 mark and ending with 48 seconds left, while newcomer Kevin Topper (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) provided an extra-man opportunity goal with 4:29 to play.

For the game, the Spartans held a 49-42 advantage in shots while the Bearcats snagged 55 ground balls to York’s 45. The Spartans also won 18 of the 31 face-offs for the contest.

Aside from Gamble’s offensive prowess, McNicholas and Blaker each tallied three times while Adam Cooper (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) posted a pair of scores. Zach Scherr (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) was fantastic for the Green and White in face-offs winning 15-of-25 while collecting 10 ground balls and causing two turnovers. Goalkeeper Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster), who put on another quality performance, secures the win in net after making 14 saves.

Will DeLanoy led the Bearcats offense with three goals and three assists, while he also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers. Three other Bearcats posted two goals, including Wilfong who also registered nine ground balls. Jon McMahon suffers the loss in the cage despite making ten stops.

The Spartans now hit the road as they travel south to Greensboro, N.C. for their spring break trip. While there, York will take on St. John Fisher, who was ranked 20th in the preseason, in a 1:00 p.m. non-conference tilt.

GAME BOX

Photo: Josh Gamble ties the game at seven with the third of his six goals on the day.

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