Strong Third Quarter Lifts Virginia Wesleyan Over Spartans
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – The York College men's lacrosse squad dropped an 11-7 non-conference decision at Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon in Virginia Beach, VA. The Spartans fall to 1-1 overall while the Marlins improve to 1-1.
The Marlins opened the very low scoring first half with an Adam Nycz goal at the 12:09 mark. The Spartans tied the game on a Tyler Huston tally off a Tyler Davis assist with 6:47 left in the first. That proved to be the only scoring of the period as York outshot their hosts 8-7.
The Marlins notched back-to-back scores to open the second quarter but the Spartans were undeterred as they ripped off three straight goals in a seven minute span. Senior B.J. Blaker started the stretch with an unassisted goal at the 11:51 mark. Davis followed with a goal off a John Powell helper, knotting the score at three. Hutson notched his second of the game, this time from Seth Krolus as the Green and White took a 4-3 lead with 4:35 left in the half. The remainder of the quarter would be scoreless as the Spartans took the one-goal lead to the intermission.
The Marlins stormed out of the break, hitting the Spartans with a three-goal run in a 47-second span, turning the one-goal York lead into a 6-4 Spartan deficit. Krolus stopped the Marlin run with an unassisted goal 55 seconds later, drawing to the Spartans to within one with 10:29 left in the third.
Virginia Wesleyan struck quickly again with two goals within seven seconds of one another at 7:19 and again at 7:12, extending their lead to 8-5. The Marlins continued their spurt early in the fourth as Ncyz struck for his fourth goal to open the final period, extending VWC's lead to 9-5. The Marlins' Travis Puls made it 10-5 with 8:50 remaining in the game.
York snapped the four-goal Marlin run with Hutson's third goal of the game off an assist from Nick Bach with 5:05 left in the contest. Nycz answered with his fifth and final goal of the game 33 seconds later, restoring the five-goal Marlin cushion.
Blaker finished the scoring for the Spartans as the senior tallied an unassisted goal with 3:53 remaining in regulation.
Nycz led all scorers as he had five goals and one assist for the Marlins. Puls and Brock Waddell each contributed two goals for the hosts.
Hutson led the Spartans for the second straight contest as the freshman notched three goals while Blaker chipped in with a pair of tallies. Krolus recorded a team-high three ground balls for York.
Corey Bauer earned the win in net for the Marlins as he recorded 19 saves in his 60 minutes of work. Senior Tyler Powell absorbed the loss for York as he made 12 saves during his 60 minute stint in cage.
The Marlins held slight edges in most of the statistical categories, outshooting York 45-40 while they also held a 35-28 margin in ground balls. The Marlins won 12 of the 22 face offs in the game.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they head to Muhlenberg to take on the Mules in a non-conference tilt. The opening face off is scheduled for 1:00 pm.
Seth Krolus photo courtesy of Theresa Dark, York College Athletic Communications Student Photographer