ALLENTOWN, PA – The nationally ranked York College men's lacrosse squad cruised to a 17-7 non-conference win over Muhlenberg College on Saturday afternoon in Allentown, PA.
The Spartans, who are 19th in the nation according to Lacrosse Magazine, improve to 1-1 overall while the Mules fall to 0-2.
The Spartans got off to a great start as they sprinted out to a 4-0 lead 7:40 into the game. York got a goal from Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) to open the scoring. York then got man-up goals from James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) before Gamble banged home a second goal 32 seconds later. Muhlenberg cut the Spartans lead in half with back to back goals before Gamble scored his third goal of the period with 3:09 left in the quarter. Sophomore Alex Millard (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) found the back of the net for his first goal of the season with just one second left on the clock.
Gamble kept rolling to start the second quarter as the Spartan sophomore scored off a pass from Lowe at the 10:18 mark, putting York up 7-2. The Mules answered with back to back goals before sophomore Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) slotted a shot in the back of the net for his first goal of the year with 2:59 left in the half. Gamble notched his fifth goal of the game at the 2:17 mark, pushing the York lead to 9-4. The Mules closed out the scoring with a Jason Mertz goal with 1:17 remaining before the half as York took a four-goal lead to the break.
The third quarter was all York as they outscored the Mules 5-0, extending their lead to 14-5. York got a man-down goal from Josh Kluver (Abington, Pa./Abington) while Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) tallied two goals including a man-up goal with 18 seconds left in the quarter. York has now outscored their two opponents 10-1 in the third quarter this season.
York scored the first three goals of the fourth period including a pair from senior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) as the Spartans closed out the win.
Gamble notched a career-high six goals in the win while he also had an assist for a season-high seven points. Gamble did his damage on 12 shots while he also had three ground balls. Krolus added four points on three goals and one assist while Hutson and Lowe each had three points on two goals and an assist. Kluver recorded his first career goal while he also had three ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Spartans.
Freshman Jake Katchmark (Centreville, Va./Westfield) was solid at the X as he was 12-for-20 in face offs with six ground balls.
Steven Casella led the Mules with two goals for two points while Mertz and Pat Farrell each had a goal and an assist for two points. Elliot Dennis led the Mules with a 9-for-15 performance at the face-off X while he also scooped up two ground balls.
Spartan sophomore Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) earned the win as he recorded 12 saves in his 45 minutes of work. He allowed five goals as he improves to 1-1. James Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) played the final 15 minutes as he notched five saves with two goals allowed.
Adam Schlauch suffered the loss for the Mules as he recorded nine saves in 48:58 of work. Schlauch allowed 16 goals in his stint in the pipes. Kyle Larkin played the final 11:02 as he made eight saves with one goal against him.
York outshot the Mules 44-28 including 34-22 in shots on goal. York won the ground ball battle 35-22 while they were a perfect 18-of-18 on the clear. The Mules held a 14-12 margin in face off wins.
York was again very good on the man-up as they went 3-for-5 while they held the Mules to 1-for-5.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was pleased with the effort of his squad.
"I thought we moved the ball really well today and we were extremely unselfish," said Childs. "It was a good team win."
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday as they travel to Franklin & Marshall for another non-conference contest against a Centennial Conference foe. First face off in Lancaster is set for 4:00 pm.