Spartans fall to St. John Fisher in Greensboro

Spartans fall to St. John Fisher in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, NC – The York College men’s lacrosse squad suffered their third loss of the 2010 campaign in Wednesday's neutral-site contest, falling to St. John Fisher 12-8 in Greensboro, N.C. The Spartans fall to 1-3 on the season while the Cardinals begin their season with a 1-0 mark.

St. John Fisher came out of the gate roaring as they opened the game with a 5-0 run. Kyle Denhoff, who would go on to tally a game-high six goals, scored three of the Cardinals’ first five.

Down 5-0 by the 5:30 mark in the first quarter, the Spartans displayed periods of fight as they attempted to claw their way back into the contest.

Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) opened York’s scoring with 4:42 remaining, posting the first of his three goals on the day, to draw the Spartans to within four a 5-1.

The second quarter proved the Green and White’s best as York outscored the Cardinals 4-2 in the frame. Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston) began the spurt with a goal from a Gamble assist with 12:41 to go in the half. After another Denhoff score, Gamble netted his second of the game at the 9:22 mark. Fisher’s Ryan Schmidt would add another to his squad’s total to make the game 7-3 with 6:29 to go in the half.  McNicholas closed out the frame with back-to-back goals, including one with a mere 17 seconds left, to bring York to within two at 7-5.

Despite the Green and White’s second quarter push, the Cardinals would quickly regain momentum in the third quarter, posting the half’s first two scores.

The Spartans could only manage three goals in the latter half, while St. John Fisher netted five to secure the 12-8.

For the game, both sides registered 29 shots while the Cardinals led 26-20 in ground balls. Fisher also won 16-of-24 face-off attempts.

Gamble and McNicholas each scored three times for the Spartans. McNicholas currently leads the squad with 13 goals while Gamble has posted 11 for the Green and White in 2010. Kevin Topper (Marriottsville, Md./Liberty) and John Powell (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) also scored for the Spartans. Senior Zach Scherr (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) added six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Aside from Denhoff’s six goals, Schmidt and Jeff Price each tallied twice for the Cardinals. Eric Rassow won 16-of-24 faceoffs, picking up seven ground balls.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, March 10, when they return home to Kinsley Field for a 1:00 p.m. contest with #8 Haverford.


Photo: Senior attackman Ryan McNicholas