YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team put together another impressive offensive performance as the Spartans rolled past Marywood University 15-7 in a non-conference contest at Kinsley Field in York.
The Spartans have now scored 15 or more goals in four of their eight games this year including three of their four home games. York improves to 6-2 overall while the Pacers fall to 1-6 for the campaign.
The Green and White got off to a fast start as freshman Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) continued his hot play with a goal on the Spartans' first shot of the game as Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) fed Gamble with a pass for the game's opening tally.
Freshman Joseph Joseph (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) added to the lead just over a minute an a half later as he found the back of the net for his third goal of the year. Marywood's Riley Dobel got the Pacers on the board at the 4:51 mark but the Spartans finished the quarter with a flourish as Blake Bing (Monrovia, Md./Urbana), Hutson, and Gamble each scored in the final three minutes of the quarter to give York a commanding 5-1 lead.
The second quarter wasn't as prolific for the Spartans as the Pacers opened the period with two goals, trimming York's lead to 5-3. Goals from Gamble and Joseph in the span of 28 seconds pushed York's lead back to 7-3 before Marywood's Ryan Nowell scored the final goal of the half as the Spartans took a 7-4 lead to the break.
The third period was offensively challenged as the teams tallied one goal each. Though the quarter was without the big scoring numbers, a huge play came just before the Spartan goal. Freshman goalie Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) made a great stop on a Dobel shot that looked destined for the back of the net. Abney fired a quick outlet pass and the Spartans converted that into a Gamble goal on the fast break. Abney's save prevented the Pacers from drawing to within one while his fantastic outlet enabled a two-goal swing and the Spartans really never looked back.
York's fourth quarter fireworks started early as Hutson ripped a shot in the back of the net just 45 seconds into the quarter to kick start the impressive offensive period for the Green and White. The Spartans scored four straight in the opening eight minutes of the quarter to push the lead to 12-5. Marywood scored two goals in six seconds to cut York's lead to 12-7 but the Spartans scored the final three goals of the game, including a pair of man-up goals, to provide for the final eight-goal margin of victory.
Gamble has excelled since being inserted into the starting lineup three games ago. Gamble tallied a career-high five goals while he also handed out a career-high three assists. He scored five of the Spartans' first eight goals of the game as he has scored nine goals and handed out four assists in the three games that he has started. He was scoreless in his first five games of the year.
Hutson added seven points on three goals and a career-high four assists as the sophomore standout continues to perform at a high level for York. Joseph, Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield), and Bing each contributed a pair of goals to the Spartan offensive effort.
Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) won 11-of-21 face offs while he collected a game-high six ground balls for York. Senior defender Ryan Cassidy (Austin, Texas/Westwood) added five ground balls and a caused turnover for the Spartan defense.
Abney notched 11 saves in his 55:31 in goal. Freshman netminder James Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) played the final 4:29 and made two fantastic saves for the Spartans while he did not allow a goal during his time in net.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was pleased with the performance of his squad in the big win.
"We stuck to our game plan," stated Childs. "We wanted to be patient with the ball and we wanted to take our time. Marywood pushes the tempo and the pace and if you get stuck playing into their tempo it really plays into what they want. They did a couple of different things early on but we had an answer for all of them and scored five goals in the first, which was a really good pace. We were a little slow in the second and third quarters but in the fourth we took the reigns off the guys and let them play. They were creative within that and it worked out well for us."
Sam Trill led the Pacers with three goals on seven shots while Dobel also had three points on a goal and two assists. Dylan Swope handed out two assists as the Pacers' other multiple point scorer. Brandon Terlizzi went 11-for-21 on face offs while he also collected a game-high seven ground balls.
Nicholas Cornella was under constant pressure all day in the Pacer goal. He recorded 16 saves including eight in the second period for Marywood.
York finished the game with a 43-27 edge in total shots while the Spartans also won the ground ball battle, 35-30. Both teams won 12 of 24 face offs in the contest and both teams were good on the clear as York failed to clear just twice and Marywood making only three miscues on their clears.
York was fantastic in taking care of the ball as they committed a season-low 10 turnovers while they forced 16 Marywood mistakes.
Childs felt the Spartan depth was on full display on Wednesday including the performance of freshman Andrew Gamble.
"We are deep at a couple of different positions and attack is one of them. We can play five different attack men. Andrew has really been playing great since we have put him in the line up. He can feed it, he can score it and he is a smart player that takes advantage of the chances he gets. That allows us to play more guys in the midfield and lets us to take advantage of our depth on the offensive end."
The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Wesley College in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time at Kinsley Field is set for 4:00 pm.
Andrew Gamble photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications