HAVERFORD, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team suffered their first loss of the season as the Haverford Fords knocked the Spartans from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 14-8 setback in Haverford, PA on a very cold Thursday night.
The win was Haverford's first of the season but their record is a bit deceiving as their previous two losses came to top 10 squads. The Spartans are now 3-1 with the loss.
The Fords jumped on the Spartans as Scott Chanelli scooped up the ground ball off the opening face off and raced into York's defensive end where he unleashed a shot that found the back of the net just ten seconds into the game.
The Spartans tied the game just over five and a half minutes later as Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) knotted the score at one off a pass from Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster). The Fords responded with two goals in the next two minutes as they took a 3-1 lead. Haverford pushed their lead to 4-1 with a Dan LoSardo goal just 1:50 prior to the end of the first quarter.
The Haverford run continued with two goals in the opening seven minutes of the second quarter as the Ford lead grew to 6-1. Sophomore Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) stopped the bleeding with a goal off a Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) assist with 8:19 left prior to the half.
Hutson's goal kick started a three-goal Spartan spurt as York pulled to within two at 6-4. Varela scored at the 6:21 mark and Hutson struck again a minute and a half later as the Spartans were in the contest.
Haverford picked up two huge goals in the final 2:10 of the half, pushing their lead back to four at 8-4.
The Fords carried over the momentum of their late second quarter goals with a pair of tallies to start the third quarter, growing their led to 10-4 with 5:09 left in the third. Hutson put home two more goals in a 25 second span as the Spartan deficit stood at 10-6. The Fords got a spirit-breaking goal with three seconds left in the third quarter as Jake Maldonado found the back of the net for Haverford's 11th goal of the game.
The Fords outscored the Spartans 3-2 in the fourth as York couldn't get closer than five goals in the final period.
LoSardo and Christian Clay led the Fords with five points each. LoSardo had four goals and an assist while Clay notched three goals and two assists. Jack Bodine, Henry Millson and Maldonado each had two goals for Haverford. Chanelli registered a game-high 14 ground balls in addition to winning three of his four face off attempts.
Hutson continued his torrid start to his sophomore season. He registered five more goals as he now has 18 goals in the Spartans' first four games. He also had one assist for six points. Varela had two goals for York while Krolus and Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) each had two assists for York. Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) collected a team-high eight ground balls while he went 10-for-22 on the face off for York.
Eric Caliendo was big in net for the Fords as the freshman registered 14 saves including five in the third period when the Spartans peppered him with 12 shots. Freshman Christian Koch (Sykesville, Md./Century) suffered the loss for York as he allowed 14 goals on 24 Haverford shots. Koch notched six saves for York.
York finished with a 37-24 edge in total shots while Haverford recorded a 36-29 margin in ground balls. The Spartans struggled in extra man situations for the first time this year. York entered the game having converted 40% of their EMO chances in their first three contests. On Thursday, York went 0-5 in their man up chances. York was 0-for-2 in the second quarter and 0-for-3 in the third.
The Spartans look to get back into the win column on Saturday when they continue their season-high four game road trip at Randolph-Macon College. Game time in Ashland, VA is set for 3:00 pm.
Tyler Hutson photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications