April 10, 2013

Spartans Tie Wins Record as Defense Shuts Down Bobcats

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team concluded their home campaign with an 11-4 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Frostburg State University on a warm Wednesday afternoon in York.

The Spartans improve to 11-3, which ties the school record for victories in a season. That is a mark set by the 2006 Spartan squad. The Green and White also finished the regular season undefeated at home at 8-0. It is the first time in school history that the Spartans finished unbeaten at Kinsley Field.

The Bobcats fall to 8-5 overall and 0-3 in the league. The win lifts the Spartans to 3-1 in the CAC.

The Green and White had an explosive first half as the Spartans ripped off six first quarter goals. Junior Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) scored twice during the six-goal outburst.

The pace of the game slowed significantly in the second quarter as both teams scored a pair of goals.

York clamped down on defense in the third, keeping the Bobcats off the board despite being outshot 9-5. The Spartans closed out the game with a 2-1 edge in the fourth as they earned the seven-goal conference win.

Freshman goalie Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) was fantastic as the net minder recorded 17 stops in his 60 minutes in net. Abney has now made double digit saves in six of his 10 games in goal for York.

The Spartans were led by sophomore Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) as he tallied four points on three goals and an assist. With his four points, Hutson moved into fifth place on the all-time YCP scoring list. Hutson now has 130 points for his career. He also has 97 goals, which leaves him three tallies short of becoming fourth Spartan to score 100 career goals.

Junior James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) added three points on a pair of goals and an assist while Varela had two goals for York.

Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) won nine face offs for the Spartans while he also had a game-high seven ground balls.

The Bobcats had four different players score goals while Billy Lark went 9-for-17 at the face off X. Lark also had six ground balls.

Tyler Haines suffered the loss for the Bobcats as he made nine saves in his 60 minutes of action.

Spartan head coach Brandon Childs thought the Spartans were outstanding in the opening 15 minutes of play.

"I thought we had a really good spurt in the first quarter," said Childs. "We had a five or six minute stretch where we were playing our pace and our tempo. We were clearing efficiently, getting ground balls and turning those ground balls into high percentage shots."

Childs gave credit to the Bobcats.

"I thought they defended us very well. They held us to very low shot totals compared to every other game we have played this year. I thought defensively they played well and had a good game plan against us."

The Spartan head coach thought his defensive unit played well in the win.

"We challenged them and we defended them really well. I thought it was the first game where we really defended as a unit. We were working well together. Caleb got to see a lot of shots that he was comfortable with so he was making saves. He played well for us."

The Bobcats outshot ther Spartans 36-24 including 18-4 in the fourth quarter. The 24 shots for the Spartans were their second-lowest total of the year and were 18 under York's average total per game for the year. The Spartans held a slight 35-33 edge in ground balls while the Bobcats held a 10-9 advantage at the X.

The Spartans committed 19 turnovers, their third-highest total of the year while they failed on five of their 18 clears, one of their lowest clear percentages of the season.

The Green and White take to the road on Saturday to face Mary Washington in a key Capital Athletic Conference contest. Game time in Fredericksburg, VA is set for 1:00 pm.

Caleb Abney photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Dir. of Athletic Communications