SCRANTON, PA – The 18th ranked York College men's lacrosse squad ground out a 9-5 non-conference win at Scranton on a brisk Wednesday afternoon.
The Spartans, winners of four straight, improve to 4-1 overall while the Royals fall to 1-2 with the setback.
In the win, junior All-American Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) became the Spartans' all-time goal scoring leader as he passed former standout Josh Gamble with his second goal of the game. Hutson now has 122 goals in 38 career games. He has 164 career points which leaves him 11 short of tying Gamble for the career scoring record of 175. Gamble did his damage in 62 career games for the Green and White from 2008 to 2011.
The Spartans found themselves down early as the Royals tallied the first two goals of the game to take a quick lead.
York responded with a pair of Hutson goals including one with three seconds left in the first quarter. The goal at 3:26 tied the record and the second one established the new Spartan standard.
Hutson kept rolling to start the second quarter as he found the back of the net for the natural hat trick. The Spartans kept the momentum going in the second quarter as the defense held the Royals off the board and the offense got it cranked up. Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) scored his eighth goal of the year with 11:43 left in the second as the Spartan lead grew to 4-2. Junior Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) found the back of the cage for the sixth time this year as he scored an unassisted goal at the 7:04 mark. Sophomore standout Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton), Josh's younger brother, got into the scoring act with a goal off a Varela assist with 3:18 left in the half to push York's lead to 6-2 heading to the intermission.
Gamble opened the scoring in the third as he scored an unassisted goal, pushing York's lead to 7-2. The Royals finally halted the Spartans' seven goal run with goals from Ryan Mygatt and Matt Tibbitts to close out the third quarter, trimming the York lead to 7-4 after three. It is the first time in five games this year that the Spartans have been outscored in the third quarter. York has still outscored their five opponents 18-5 in the quarter after halftime this year.
Gamble struck twice more for York in the fourth as he scored goals just over a minute and a half apart to give York a 9-4 lead. Scranton closed out the game with an Anthony Lombardo goal with three seconds left in the game.
Hutson had a big day as he added three assists to his three goals for six points. He also had three ground balls in the win. Gamble continued his huge sophomore year with five points on four goals and one assist. He also had a trio of ground balls for York. Davis and Varela each added a goal and an assist for York.
Senior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) collected a team-high six ground balls while he also handed out an assist in the win.
Mygatt led the Royals with a pair of goals while Lombardo and Tibbitts each contributed a goal and an assist.
The Spartans outshot Scranton 28-21 while they won the ground ball battle 46-28. Scranton won 11-of-17 at the face off X while the Spartans limited the Royals to just 11-of-16 on clears. For the first time this year, York did not convert an extra man opportunity, as they were 0-for-4 in the win. Both teams were sloppy with the ball as York had 17 turnovers while the Royals committed 19 miscues.
York's Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) notched his fourth win of the year as he played the first 55:17 of the game, notching five saves with four goals allowed. James Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) played the final 4:43 and allowed the Royals final goal of the game.
Nicholas McKaba went the distance for Scranton as he allowed the nine Spartan goals with six saves.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday when they host Haverford in a non-conference contest. Game time at Kinsley Field is set for 3:00 pm.
Tyler Hutson photo courtesy of Scott Guise - Director of Athletic Communications