DALLAS, PA – The York College men's lacrosse received a school-record six assists from freshman Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) as the Spartans downed the Misericordia University Cougars 18-6 in a non-conference contest in Dallas, PA on Tuesday night. The win is the fourth straight for the Spartans who are off to the best start in school history.
The Spartans improve to 8-2 overall while the Cougars fall to 4-3.
The York offense has been clicking on all cylinders over the four game win streak as the Spartans have outscored their four opponents 59-21 during the spurt.
York jumped on the Cougars early as Gamble had a huge first quarter. The freshman attack had a goal and three assists as the Spartans sprinted out to a 5-1 lead after 15 minutes of play.
The second quarter was less explosive as the Cougars held the Spartans to two goals.
The Spartan offense got back into gear in the in the third as they build the lead to 12-1 before the Cougars stopped the 11-goal Spartan run. The Green and White closed out the quarter with a Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) goal with just nine seconds left in the period.
The fourth quarter allowed Spartan head coach Brandon Childs to get significant playing time for his reserves as York outscored their hosts 5-4 to close out the 12-goal win.
Gamble finished the game with the new school record six assists while he also had three goals for nine points. The nine points were just one point short of tying Andrew Collins' single-game school record of 10 set back in April of 2004.
Sophomore Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) continued his prolific scoring as he notched six points on four goals and two assists. Davis added three goals while junior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) found the back of the net twice. Krolus also established a new career-high with 11 ground balls in the win.
Senior Corey Cooke (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored twice and handed out an assist for three points. Seven other Spartans registered a point in the win.
Freshman Connor Miller (Clarksburg, Md./Clarksburg) did a fantastic job at the X for the Spartans as he filled in for Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken). Miller was a stellar 16-of-18 in face offs while he also collected a career-high five ground balls.
Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) earned the win in goal as he notched five saves and allowed two goals in his 45 minutes of action.
The Cougars had six different players score a goal each while two players had single assists in the loss.
Patrick Johnson started in goal for the Cougars and registered seven saves in the first half. Josh Shanker played the second half for Misericordia and yielded 11 goals with seven saves.
York finished the game with a significant advantage in all statistical categories. The Green and White outshot the Cougars 62-19, held a 44-23 bulge in ground balls, a 23-7 advantage in face offs while they forced 23 Misericordia turnovers.
The Spartans put their win streak on the line on Saturday when they return to Kinsley Field to host Christopher Newport in a non-conference contest. Game time is set for 3:00 pm in York.