YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team extended its win streak to five with an impressive 17-5 non-conference win over Christopher Newport University on a sun-splashed Saturday afternoon in York.
The Spartans improve to 9-2 overall while the Captains fall to 5-6 for the season.
The 12-goal win continues the Spartan streak of outstanding play as York has outscored their five opponents 76-26 including 58-20 in the four home wins. York also improved to 6-0 at the friendly confines of Kinsley Field.
The story of the game was not only the Spartan offense but the performance of sophomore standout Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mills). Hutson tied a school single-game record with seven goals while his eight points tied him for third on the single-game list.
Junior James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) opened the scoring just under five minutes into the game and Hutson made it 2-0 just 11 seconds later as the Spartans seized control early. Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) notched a man-up goal a minute and a half later as the Spartan offense was clicking. Hutson made it 4-0 before the Captains got on the board with 5:20 left in the first. Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) struck for the fifth goal of the quarter just 31 seconds left in the period.
The Green and White played a fantastic second quarter as they dominated the 15-minute period, outscoring the Captains 5-0. They outshot CNU 13-5 and forced seven Captain turnovers while York had just one miscue in the quarter.
The Spartans outscored CNU 5-3 in the third and 2-1 in the fourth to provide for the final margin of victory.
Hutson's day was impressive enough but the sophomore took just ten shots while he also had two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Gamble had another big day for York as he had four goals on only five shots. Lowe collected three goals for the Spartans while Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) added a goal and two assists. Junior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) handed out a career-high tying three assists while he also had seven ground balls.
Junior Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) was tremendous at the X for the Spartans as he won 17-of-25 face off while he also had 11 ground balls in the win.
Alex Barber led the Captains with two goals while John Thompson and Adam Abbate each had a goal and an assist.
Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) picked up his sixth win of the year as he allowed two goals in his 37:59 of work. Abney registered seven saves in another outstanding outing for the freshman.
Andy McGregor played the first 30 minutes in goal for the Captains as he allowed 10 goals in his 30 minutes of play. He registered seven saves in the loss. Mark Hargrove played the second half for CNU and allowed seven goals with seven saves.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs thought his squad played well in the non-conference win.
"Obviously we were clicking offensively and we were awesome in transition, but it all started at the face off X. We won a lot of possessions and played so fast. It's the fastest I have seen us play since I have been here."
Childs thought Hutson and the offense did a great job of carrying out the game plan.
"Their goalie is really, really good and we made a big deal about him in preparing. We talked to our team about where to shoot, how to shoot, and where we wanted to get our shots from on the field. They did just what we coached them to do. It was perfect."
The Spartans finished the game with a 41-27 bulge in total shots, a 42-29 margin in ground balls, while they won 18-of-26 face offs in the game.
The Spartans put their win streak on the line on Wednesday night when they travel to Ursinus to face the Bears in York's final non-conference game of the year. First face-off is set for 7:00 pm in Collegeville, Pa.
Tyler Hutson photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications