DOVER, DE – The York College men’s lacrosse squad picked up their fifth straight win on Wednesday evening with a tight 15-14 victory over host Wesley College. The Capital Athletic Conference win gives the Spartans a 7-5 record including an undefeated 4-0 mark in conference action while the Wolverines drop to 2-8 and 1-3 in league play.
With less than five minutes to play, the Spartans found themselves down 14-13. Wesley’s Justin D’Alonzo put the home squad up one with his third of the day as only 4:31 remained on the clock.
The Spartans however, used to close games at this point in the year as four of their previous 11 contests have been decided by four goals or less, continued to battle. That effort paid off over the final minutes.
Following D’Alonzo’s score, York’s John Powell (Mt. Airy, Md./Urbana) knotted the game at 14-14 with 3:26 remaining in the CAC tilt. Sophomore Marcus Coppola (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) provided the assist on Powell’s fifth of the season.
With the game officially up-for-grabs, York would seize the opportunity. Ryan McNicholas (Fallston, Md./Fallston), who has been an offensive juggernaut this season, proved the hero on this day as he tallied the game-winner. McNicholas finished off a feed from Brendan McLaughlin (Brookeville, Md./Good Counsel), the senior’s 38th goal of the season, with only 2:17 left.
Those waning minutes would be venturesome for both sides. With 1:39 showing on the fourth quarter clock, junior defenseman Travis Atwell (Dunkirk, Md./Southern) was called for slashing penalty, a miscue that gave the Wolverines a valuable man-advantage opportunity. Just nine seconds into the minute-long penalty, Wesley’s Eric Crumbock looked to cash-in on that opportunity. His attempt however went begging as Spartan goalkeeper Chris Collins (Westminster, Md./Westminster) came up with the save to preserve the one-goal lead. The Spartans would successfully kill off the remainder of the penalty and only allow the Wolverines one more shot throughout the remainder of the contest – a Dan Skeels attempt that flew wide – to secure the 15-14 triumph.
The entire game proved a nip-and-tuck affair as neither side led by more than three throughout the contest.
Wesley took an early 3-0 lead, however the Spartans then responded with an 8-3 run to garner an 8-6 halftime lead. York’s lead would grow to as much as three on several occasions, the final of which came at 12-9 with 43 seconds left in the third quarter.
Junior attackman Josh Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) proved an offensive force once again as he notched a game-high five goals. Those five up his season total to 38 as he is currently tied with McNicholas for the team lead in goals. McNicholas ended the game with two goals, including that game-winner, while dishing out two assists. Powell and B.J. Blaker (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) each added a pair of tallies while junior Adam Cooper (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) posted a goal and two helpers.
Dan Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary’s Ryken) continues to perform well in face-offs, winning 16-of-30 against the Wolverines while Zach Scherr (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) collected four ground balls. Atwell caused three turnovers to lead York defensively while James Greenwood (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) nabbed five ground balls for the Spartans.
Collins records the win in net for the Green and White as he made six saves.
Skeels led the Wolverine offense with four goals, while he also picked up a trio of ground balls. D’Alonzo tallied three for the home squad while three others notched two scores each.
Kevin Lion registered five ground balls while Ken McDonald caused a trio of turnovers. Sean Matthews takes the loss in the Wolverine goal despite making ten stops.
York will look to stretch their current winning streak to six games, and their CAC record to 5-0, when they host St. Mary’s on Saturday, April 10. Prior to the 1:00 p.m. contest, the Spartans are slated to celebrate Senior Day as they honor their eight senior student-athletes.
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