YORK, Pa. – The York College men's lacrosse team suffered a tough 12-11 double overtime setback to visiting McDaniel on Wednesday afternoon in York. The non-conference loss drops the Spartans to 2-2 on the season while the Green Terror improve to 3-2.
Halfway through the second extra session, McDaniel stand out DJ Rickels possessed the ball at the top of the Green Terror attack. The talented Rickels, who scored four times on the day, rolled to his right before firing a top-shelf goal for the game-winner.
Rickels proved huge for the visitors as he totaled four tallies, bumping his season total to 14. Aside from his game-winner, Rickels also notched McDaniel's first goal of the game as well as their 11th. That 11th goal put the Green Terror ahead 11-10 with just 5:34 remaining in the contest.
The Spartans, despite being down 11-10 on that Rickels score, forced the non-conference tilt into overtime with a late effort. With 1:56 to play in regulation, sophomore midfielder Seth Krolus forced a McDaniel turnover in the York defensive area. Following a successful clear and a Spartan timeout, York ripped off three shots over the final minute of regulation. Nick Bach's game-tying goal came on the third attempt as he hurled a shot from out on the left low into the Green Terror goal. Bach's fifth tally of the season spilled the contest into overtime.
Play began exceptionally well for the Spartans as York raced out to a 4-0 lead. B.J. Blaker registered his sixth of the season to open up the scoring at 11:21 while Hogan Ross notched his first collegiate goal just eight seconds later to put York up 2-0. Bach and Tyler Hutson followed as the Spartans led 4-0 through the first 11 minutes and would finish the quarter with a 5-1 advantage.
McDaniel would get the better of the result in the second quarter however, scoring five times while the Spartans managed a pair. The half ended with a two Green Terror goals, yet York sported a 7-6 lead at the break.
The third period saw the McDaniel capture their first lead of the game at 9-8 before extending that margin to 10-8 in the fourth as the visitors scored four straight goals.
Undaunted, the Spartans responded with a pair of tallies by Hutson, his team-leading 13th and 14th of the season, to knot the game at 10 with 8:33 left in the fourth. That set up the late goals from Rickels and Bach to send the contest into overtime.
For the game, York held a 46-32 lead in shots and went 15-of-27 in faceoffs. McDaniel held a slight 40-38 edge in ground balls.
Hutson scored five goals for the Spartans while Bach and Blaker each scored two. Pat Wills went 15-for-26 in faceoffs and registered seven ground balls while Krolus notched six ground balls. Tyler Powell recorded seven saves in the York goal.
Aside from Rickels' four, Ban Yancheski, JS Duke, and Matt Dupras each tallied a pair of goals. Christian Dallmus made 11 stops for McDaniel including three in the overtime sessions.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday, March 10, when they travel to St. Vincent for a 4:00 pm non-conference contest.
PHOTOS: Top - Pat Wills went 15-for-26 in faceoffs for the Spartans during York's non-conference tilt against McDaniel on Wednesday. Bottom - Nick Bach winds up before his game-tying score late in the fourth quarter. Courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org