Balanced Effort Lead #18 Spartans Past Saints
YORK, PA – The #18 York College men's lacrosse team rebounded from Wednesday's disappointing loss at Ursinus to bounce Marymount University 17-9 in a Capital Athletic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon in York.
The Spartans improve to 10-3 overall and 2-1 in the CAC while the Saints fall to 6-4 overall and 0-3 in the league.
The first quarter saw the two teams go back and forth, alternating goals as York scored at 10:36 and 9:11 while the Saints had goals at the 9:25 and 0:48 marks.
The Spartan offense then erupted for a huge second period. The Green and White went on a quick three goal spurt that covered just over two minutes of game time. Senior Corey Cooke (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Spalding) started the spurt with an unassisted tally at 12:43. Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) scored next followed by Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) as York's lead grew to 5-2. A Vince Lodato goal temporarily stopped the bleeding but York ripped off three more goals as the Spartan advantage surged to 8-3. The Saints got two of the final three goals of the half as the Spartan lead stood at 9-5 at the half.
The Green and White put the screws to the Saints in the third period as they outscored Marymount 4-1, increasing the York lead to 13-6. The Spartans have been fantastic in the third quarter all year, as they have outscored their 11 opponents 51-24.
The Green and White scored four of the first five goals of the fourth quarter to push to a 17-7 lead before the Saints closed out the scoring with the final two goals of the game to provide for the final eight-goal Spartan margin of victory.
York had a very balanced attack with six Spartans registering multiple goals in the win. Davis was fantastic for York as the sophomore tallied two goals and handed out a career-high five assists in the victory. Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) each tallied three goals in the win while Hutson also had an assist for four points. Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) added two goals and two assists while Varela and James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) each had two goals for York.
Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) was again very good at the X as he won 15-of-29 face offs while he established a new career-high with 14 ground balls.
Jack Burke and Lance Bernecker had three goals each for Marymount to power the Saint offense. Ian Gordon won 12-of-22 face offs while he matched Schuck for the game-high in ground balls with 14.
Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) started in goal and played the opening 25:18 as he made three saves. Christian Koch (Sykesville, Md./Century) played the final 34:42 of the game and registered 10 saves for the Green and White.
Derek DiGiovanni took the loss for the Saints as he allowed 17 goals in 56:45 of work. He made 15 saves for Marymount.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was happy to see his team perform well in a key conference contest.
"It was a big game to get us back above .500 in the league," said Childs. "To get another win is big. We talk to our team all the time about the test of true character being when your back is against the wall. I thought we responded to that test today. One of the staples of York lacrosse is that we won't lose two in a row and we showed that in the win."
Childs was pleased with the performance of his second midfield group in the victory.
"Our second midfield line played great today. Their plus-minus was probably over plus five. Everytime they went in, it felt like we got one. That was a huge key to the victory. I also thought Dan Schuck did a great job at the x today against one of the best face off kids in our league."
The Spartans outshot the Saints 48-38 in the game while Marymount held a slight 40-36 margin in ground balls. Both teams won 15 face offs while both squads were 1-of-3 in man-up opportunities.
The Spartans close out their 2013 home regular season on Wednesday afternoon when they host Frostburg State University in a CAC contest. First face off is slated for 4:00 pm in York. The Spartans will then close out the regular season with big road games at Mary Washington and St. Mary's.
Tyler Davis photo by Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications