COLLEGEVILLE, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team had their first-ever game as a nationally ranked team go the wrong way as the #18 Spartans dropped a tough 10-9 non-conference loss at Ursinus College on Wednesday night in Collegeville, PA.
The loss snaps York's five-game win streak as the Spartans fall to 9-3 overall. The Bears improve to 6-3 overall. The game was Yorks' final non-conference game of the year as their remaining four regular season contests are all against Capital Athletic Conference opponents.
The Spartans jumped out to an early lead as York got goals from Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) and Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) to take the 2-0 lead just over five minutes into the game.
The Bears tied the game with back-to-back goals before Gamble struck again with 1:11 left in the first as York took the 3-2 lead to the start of the second quarter.
York scored two of the three goals in the slow second period as the Green and White took a 5-3 lead to the intermission.
The Bears carried the play in the third period, outscoring York 4-2. That included a Logan Panaccione goal with just four seconds left in the quarter, tying the game at seven heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
Ursinus took their first lead of the night on the only man-up goal of the evening as Mike Neal found the back of the net just 11 seconds into the man-advantage.
Senior Corey Cooke (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) tied the game off a feed from Krolus with 8:22 left in the game. The Bears responded with a Neal goal at the 4:36 mark to take a 9-8 lead. Jake Weber got an important insurance goal less than two minutes later as the Bears took a 10-8 lead.
York's Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) scored with just under two minutes left to bring York to within one. York won the ensuing face off and Gamble's shot was saved at the 1:36 mark. The Spartans got one last gasp as York got a turnover with 33 seconds left and Cooke was able to squeeze off a shot with 11 seconds left. Hutson got the ground ball and York called timeout with nine ticks left. The Bears forced a turnover with six seconds left and York would fall for the first time as a nationally ranked squad.
The stats were very even as York outshot the Bears 36-28 while Ursinus held a 38-33 advantage in ground balls. Ursinus won 13 of the 22 face offs while the Spartans forced 21 Ursinus turnovers.
The one stat that told the story for the Spartans was their 0-for-7 performance in the man-advantage. York has been held scoreless in the man-up advantage twice this year and in both cases, they have lost the game. York was 0-for-5 in the March 7 loss at Haverford.
Gamble led the Spartans with five points on three goals and two assists while he also had four ground balls. Hutson added two goals and an assist for three points while Krolus had a goal and an assist for York. Krolus also had four ground balls for York.
Neal paced the Bears with six points on five goals and an assist. He scored his five goals on just seven shots. Steve Smyrl added two goals while Weber added a goal and an assist.
Brian Neff earned the win in goal as he recorded 18 saves in his 60 minutes of work. Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) registered 11 saves for the Spartans as he suffered just his second loss of the year.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday afternoon as they host Marymount University in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. First face off is set for 1:00 pm at Kinsley Field.