YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team capped a record-setting 2013 regular season in impressive fashion as the Spartans outlasted a talented St. Mary's College squad 9-8 in a Capital Athletic Conference contest on Saturday in St. Mary's City, MD.
The Spartans increase their school record for wins in a season to 13 as they conclude the regular season campaign with a 13-3 mark. York also locks up the second seed in next week's CAC tournament as they went 5-1 in the league. The Seahawks fall to 9-6 overall and 4-2 in the CAC as they will be the tournament's three seed.
Scoring was at a premium in the opening half as the teams were tied at two after 15 minutes of play. The Spartans got the only goal of the second quarter when Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) found the back of the net at the 8:07 mark of the period. York took the 3-2 lead to the break.
The third quarter saw both offenses perk up a bit. Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) opened the second half scoring with a goal off a Davis pass just 1:03 into the third quarter. The Seahawks tied the game at four with back-to-back goals only 1:27 apart from Ben Love and Conor Jordan. Junior James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) kick started a three-goal Spartan spurt with an unassisted goal at the 11:11 mark of the quarter. Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) followed with a goal less than a minute later to give York a 6-4 lead. Hutson then tied the school-record for single-season goals as he notched his third goal of the game with seven minutes left in the third. St. Mary's cut the Spartan lead to 7-4 heading to the fourth courtesy of a Matt Tarrant tally with 2:45 remaining in the period.
The fourth quarter would not lack for excitement. St. Mary's struck first as Stewart D'Ambrogi scored 3:16 into the final period. Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) and Hutson scored the next two goals as York took a 9-6 lead. The Seahawks got another D'Ambrogi goal with 4:46 left in regulation and then Patrick Mull scored with 55 seconds left in the game, cutting York's lead to one.
The Seahawks won the ensuing face off but a St. Mary's turnover allowed the Spartans to kill off the remaining 37 seconds of the game.
Hutson's final goal of the game was not only the eventual game-winner for York but it also established a new single-season school record. Hutson now has 54 goals and 18 assists for 72 points. The goals break the record of 53 set by former Spartan standout Scott Hermes in 2002. The 72 points breaks Hutson's own record of 67 that he set during his CAC Rookie-of-the-Year campaign last season. Hutson also continues to climb the career-scoring chart. He now has 139 career points on 105 goals and 34 assists. He is tied for third in points with Ryan McNicholas while his goal total sits in him third all by himself.
In addition to Hutson's four goals in the win, Davis had a strong outing with four points on two goals and two assists. Gamble, Lowe, and Krolus each added a goal and an assist for the Spartans. Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) was again very good at the X as he won 11-of-21 face offs for the Spartans. Freshman Josh Kluver (Abington, Pa./Abington) recorded a career-high six ground balls for York.
D'Ambrogi led the Seahawks with four points on two goals and two assists. Love chipped in with two goals and an assist while Jordan and Dalton Yohn each contributed a goal and an assist.
Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) earned his 10th win in cage for the Spartans as the net minder made 13 saves for the Spartans. Abney has recorded double digit saves in eight of his 12 appearances this season.
Scott Marsh registered nine saves in the loss for the Seahawks.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was proud of his team with another key road win.
"We played hard but not great," said Childs. "I thought both teams played extremely hard and really went after each other. Dan Schuck was really good at the X in the second half and enabled us to get some things going. I also thought that Nick Callahan (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) and Bubba Kluver played great for us. I am happy for our kids. This was a great win for us."
The Seahawks finished the game holding a 30-25 edge in total shots while they also held a 30-27 edge in ground balls. York committed 19 turnovers while the Seahawks were charged with 16 miscues.
The Spartans will now wait to see who they will play in the CAC semifinals on Saturday, April 27 at Kinsley Field. St. Mary's will host sixth seeded Wesley on Wednesday afternoon to see who earns the right to York next Saturday. The game time for Saturday's semifinal will be determined later in the week.
Josh Kluver photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications