YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team received strong efforts on both sides of the field as the Spartans downed the University of Scranton Royals 17-4 in non-conference action at Kinsley Field on Wednesday afternoon.
The Spartans improve to 2-0 while the Royals fall to 1-1.
The Green and White got it going early as James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) started the scoring for the Spartans. Lowe registered the game's first goal 2:39 into the game. Hutson then banged home two goals later in the quarter as the Spartans led 3-0 at the end of the first.
Sophomore Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) tallied an unassisted goal 2:44 into the second quarter as the York lead grew to 4-0. Gus Sturm got the Royals on the board with a man advantage goal with 9:10 left in the half. Senior captain Corey Cooke (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) registered an unassisted goal and the Royals' leading scorer Dillon McInerney answered with 5:28 left in the quarter as the Spartan lead stood at 5-2. Sophomore Chris Varela (Easton, Md./Easton) picked up the final goal of the half as York took a 6-2 lead to the intermission.
The Spartans came roaring out of the break as they tallied four straight goals to push out to a 10-2 lead. Davis, Hutson, Blake Bing (Monrovia, Md./Urbana), and Varela scored for the Spartans with Hutson's goal being a man advantage tally.
Scranton's Alec Mikrut halted the Spartan run but Bing, Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa), and Hutson scored three straight as the Spartan lead ballooned to 13-3. Scranton scored with 1:44 left in the third quarter but the Spartans scored on a Randall goal with 21 seconds left in the quarter, as the lead stood at 14-4 after three.
The Spartans shutout the Royals 3-0 in the fourth quarter to provide for the final margin.
Hutson remained pistol hot to start the season as he poured in five more goals to match his career-high that he tied in Saturday's season opening win. Davis, Cooke and Randall each had three points on two goals and an assist while Lowe had three points on two assists and one goal. Bing and Varela each banged home two goals for York while Varela also had three ground balls.
Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) went 13-for-23 at the face off while he also had three ground balls. Midfielder Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) garnered a team-high five ground balls for York.
Taylor Nelson led Scranton with a goal and an assist for two points. Sturm, McInerney, and Mikrut had the other goals for the Royals. Tim Cleary had a team-high four ground balls for Scranton.
Ben Worthington started for the Royals and allowed 10 goals in his 36:15 of work. He recorded eight saves during his stint in the pipes. Nicholas McKaba played the final 23:45 for Scranton as he allowed seven goals and made four saves.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was pleased with his team's performance.
"I thought we got a lot of guys involved offensively. I thought in the beginning of the game, we weren't very patient and we settled for the first shot," said Childs. "As we got more patient, we got better, higher percentage looks. We came out in the second half with that mindset and really opened the game up early in the second half."
Childs was pleased with the improvement on the defensive end of the field.
"We spent a lot of the last two days cleaning ourselves up on the defensive end of the field. I thought we did a really, really good job of that. They have some really good players out of the midfield and their best attack is a match up nightmare. He's big and strong and I thought we did a great job of playing team defense to guard him."
Freshman Christian Koch (Sykesville, Md./Century) made the start in goal for the Spartans and was fantastic in his collegiate debut. He registered six saves in his 52:47 minutes of action. He allowed the four Scranton goals in the game. James Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) played the next 5:29 and notched three saves while Joe Patterson (Felton, Pa./Red Lion) closed out the final 1:44 of the win without being forced to make a save.
Childs thought Koch played big early on.
"He made some saves early on that were big ones," said Childs. "I think it got them thinking and it gave him confidence. To make that first save was the big one and after he did, after that he was solid."
The Spartans finished the game with a 41-23 margin in total shots while they also held a 26-20 advantage in ground balls. The Spartans were a perfect 18-for-18 on the clear while they had just 11 turnovers in the win.
York now heads to the road for four straight contests. That road trip begins on Saturday when the Spartans take on McDaniel in a non-conference tilt. The contest is set for a 1:00 pm start in Westminster, Md.
Dakota Randall photo courtesy of Scott Guise- Director of Athletic Communications