April 25, 2012

2012 Comes to a Close; #1 Salisbury Tops Spartans in CAC Semifinals

SALISBURY, Md. – The York College men's lacrosse team saw their 2012 campaign come to a close on Wednesday, falling 19-6 to #1 Salisbury in the semifinal round of the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The loss ends the Spartan season with a 9-7 mark while the undefeated Sea Gulls move on to the league championship game sporting an 18-0 record.

The talented Salisbury squad jumped out front early as they established a 4-0 lead, 5:35 into the contest. York did break that four-goal run with a tally from Tyler Hutson, courtesy of a Seth Krolus assist with 7:48 to play in the first. That would be as close as the Spartans would come on this day however, as the top-seeded hosts steadily built their advantage for much of the rest of the half.

A 6-0 Salisbury spurt was halted by B.J. Blaker's 23rd goal of the season, this one off a Jimmy Langton, with 49 seconds before the break.

With Salisbury leading 10-2 at the half, the hosts would tally nine more times in the second half.

York did tally four goals in the second half, including a late three-goal spurt, as Hutson added two while Blaker and Langton each posted one for the Green and White.

The Sea Gulls led in shots 42-36 while collecting 48 ground balls to York's 43.

Hutson's three tallies gives him a season total of 67 points on 51 goals and 16 assists for his freshman campaign. Those 67 points marks a new season record for the Green and White as Hutson surpasses former Spartan standout Scott Hermes who totaled 66 points in 2002. Hutson's 51 goals ranks second on the season list, just two behind Hermes who netted 53 during that 2002 campaign.

Blaker tallied twice as he finishes the year with 24 goals and eight assists. He sits fourth on York's all-time goals list with 91, fifth in points with 125, and eighth in assists with 34. The senior also finishes his career after starting the most games of any Spartan, having been in the starting lineup 57 times over his 62 games. Those 62 contests ties him with former standout Josh Gamble for first all-time in games played.

Defensively, senior goalkeeper Tyler Powell registered six saves over his 32:08 while Dylan Heath made four stops.

Salisbury's Sam Bradman led attack for the hosts with four goals and two assists while Matt Cannone posted three tallies and five helpers.

The loss brings to a close the collegiate careers of nine different Spartans as Blaker, Powell, Langton, Heath, Nick Bach, Jake Beneke, John Powell, Patrick Glenn, and Marcus Coppola close out their time with the Green and White. Over the last four years, York has accumulated a 34-29 overall record including a 17-13 mark in CAC play.

PHOTOS: Top - B.J. Blaker with the ball during York's game against McDaniel earlier this season. Bottom - Tyler Powell in the goal during the Spartan contest with the Green Terror earlier in the 2012 campaign. Both photos courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org

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