Abney and Defense Push York to 3-0 Start
WESTMINSTER, MD – The York College men's lacrosse team needed a gutty effort on the road to outlast a pesky McDaniel College squad, 9-7, in a non-conference contest on a crisp Saturday afternoon in Westminster, Md.
The Spartans improve to 3-0 overall while the Green Terror suffer their fourth loss of the campaign.
The Green Terror did a fantastic job of controlling tempo all game long as they stiffled the fast-break Spartan offense early. McDaniel used that tempo control to jump out to a quick 3-1 lead after the first quarter of play.
Freshman goalie Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston), making his first career start, steadied himself after a shaky opening 15 minutes of play. Abney found his footing in the second period and the Spartan offense started to find the back of the net.
Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Andrew Taylor (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) tallied back-to-back goals to open the second quarter, tying the game at three just under three minutes into the quarter. The teams alternated goals over the next four tallies including Hutson finding the back of the net just 35 seconds before the half as the teams headed to the intermission tied at five.
Abney was absolutely huge in the third quarter as the freshman notched eight stops in the quarter as the Green Terror spent a majority of period on offense. York was able to score twice in the third as junior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) and junior attack James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) each scored to push York's lead to 7-5. The Green Terror did cut their deficit in half with a goal with 38 seconds left in the quarter.
The fact the Spartans maintained the lead in the third is impressive considering York served five penalties in the period, killing off all 3:30 of the infractions.
The Green Terror continued to execute their possession game plan as they slowed the Spartan offense down. McDaniel tied the game at the 4:11 mark as Pat Bivona recorded a man-up goal.
The Spartans got the winning goal just over a minute later as senior Ryan Cassidy (Austin, Texas/Westwood) picked up a ground ball and found a streaking Blake Bing (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) just past midfield. Bing carried the ball inside the box and the McDaniel defense allowed him to continue to drive to the net and the Spartan sophomore finished the chance, giving York an 8-7 lead.
After Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) won the ensuing face off, York was able to hold possession for the remainder of the game. The Green Terror was assessed a cross check penalty at the 1:07 mark and Hutson notched a man-up goal with 12 seconds left to close out the scoring for York.
Abney made his first collegiate start a memorable one as the 6'5" freshman notched 19 saves in the win. Christian Dallmus was very good in goal for the Green Terror as he registered 15 saves for McDaniel.
Head coach Brandon Childs knew the Spartans didn't play their best but he was happy to get a win on the road.
"We played tough and kept the energy going. We picked up ground balls and tried to turn them into transition but we just were scoring on them," said Childs. "In our first two games we were clicking on offense. We weren't necessarily clicking today but we got a win by grinding it out. That's what good teams do when they aren't clicking."
Childs believes his defense stepped up and played huge in the win.
"McDaniel did a really good job of being patient, possessing the ball and taking good shots," said Childs. "Caleb played great in goal. We did a really good job of playing together on that end of the field. We talked and communicated well. We got great play out of our close defense, our short sticks and our goalie."
Hutson led the Spartan offense for the third straight game as the reigning Capital Athletic Conference Rookie-of-the-Year tallied four points on three goals and an assist. Hutson now has a team-leading 13 goals in three games this season. Lowe also had four points as he handed out three assists to go along with his third quarter goal.
Freshman Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) picked up two goals for York while Taylor, Bing, and Krolus each scored once for York. Schuck won 10-of-20 face offs while he also had two ground balls. Cassidy notched a career-high seven ground balls in the win while he also had a caused turnover. Josh Kluver (Abington, Pa./Abington) recorded a team-high three caused turnovers while he also had a pair of ground balls.
Zach Monzo and Michael Woglom each recorded two goals for the Green Terror. Jason Lawrence also had two points on a goal and an assist. Monzo also had a team-high six ground balls in the loss.
The stats were very even in the game. McDaniel outshot York 46-38 while they also held a 32-28 edge in ground balls. Both teams won 10 face offs and committed 14 turnovers while York was a very good 3-for-4 in extra-man opportunties.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday night when they travel to Haverford to face the Fords in a non-conference contest. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm start. York will be looking to go 4-0 to start the season for just the second time in school history.
Josh Kluver photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications