April 18, 2012

Mary Washington Nips Spartans in Regular-Season Finale

YORK, Pa. – The York College men's lacrosse team suffered a difficult 11-10 loss to Capital Athletic Conference foe Mary Washington in the Spartans' final regular-season contest of the 2012 campaign. The defeat drops the Green and White to 8-6 on the season and 4-4 in league play while the Eagles improve to 10-4 overall and 5-3 in conference action.

A contest that would determine the fourth and fifth seeds for the upcoming CAC Tournament proved nip-and-tuck throughout the 60 minutes. No lead exceeded more than two at any point while there were seven ties during the game.

The Spartans got the better of the back-and-forth through the first three quarters as the Green and White held a slight 10-9 margin after the first 45 minutes. However, as electric as the first three quarters had been, totaling 19 goals between the two teams, the final 15 minutes proved relatively quiet with only two goals during the period. Mary Washington knotted the game at 10-10 courtesy of a Joey Marson goal with 13:54 to play in the quarter. From there, the Eagles would net the only other goal throughout the remainder of the CAC tilt as Luke Dick tallied what would be the game-winner with 10:40 left on the fourth quarter clock.

As time ticked away in the fourth quarter, the Spartans were right on the doorstep of tying the contest on several occasions. Over the final ten minutes, York registered five shots including one that hit the post and another during a man-advantage opportunity. Unfortunately for the Spartans those chances would not find paydirt as the game ended with Mary Washington still holding the 11-10 advantage.

The beginning of the contest looked good for the hosts as the Spartans opened a 2-0 lead in the first quarter less than five minutes into the contest. B.J. Blaker tallied York's opening salvo, courtesy of a Tyler Hutson assist, at the 12:04 mark of the first. Huston came back with a goal of his own less just 92 seconds later finishing off a helper from Tyler Davis to put the Green and White up 2-0 with 10:32 to play in the first.

The back-and-forth commenced from that point as Mary Washington responded with a three-goal run to take a 3-2 advantage early in the second quarter. That second 15 minutes would prove exciting and fast-paced as the squads combined for nine goals in the period. During that frame, no more than 2:17 came off the clock between goals, including four that saw less than a minute pass between tallies. York, which registered five of those nine goals, took a 7-6 lead into the half.

The third quarter was more of the same as neither side gained a significant advantage. The Spartan lead grew to two at 8-6 on a Seth Krolus third-quarter but Mary Washington eventually responded with a pair to knot the game at 8-8. Two goals with less than a minute to play, one from Mary Washington's Dacey and the other from Hutson, set up the final 15 minutes.

Hutson posted a game-high six points on four goals and two assists. The rookie standout has now totaled an impressive 45 goals during his first collegiate season. Blaker added a trio of goals and one helper for York while Krolus netted a goal and distributed two assists.

Tyler Roy proved exceptional for the Green and White at the faceoff "X" as he won 17-of-23 faceoffs and collected eleven ground balls. Tyler Powell takes the loss in the cage despite making seven saves.

Dacey led the Eagle offense with three goals while Marson, John Bollinger, and Billy Kelly each tallied twice. Goalkeeper Matt Prin collected the win as he posted nine stops.

This contest sets up what could prove to be a quality showdown on Sunday, April 22. The Eagles, having snagged the #4 seed, host the fifth-seeded Spartans in the first-round CAC tilt this weekend. Game time in Fredericksburg, Va. is slated for 3:30 pm.

PHOTO: Tyler Roy looks to snag one of his 17 faceoff wins during York's regular-season finale against Mary Washington on Wednesday. Courtesy of Scott Guise - York College (Pa.) Director of Athletic Communications.