Complete Team Effort Powers Spartans Past Southern Virginia

Complete Team Effort Powers Spartans Past Southern Virginia

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team rolled to a 27-2 non-conference win over Southern Virginia University on a misty Friday afternoon in York.

The Spartans, who are ranked 19th in the country, improve to 10-3 overall with the win. Southern Virginia, provisional members of the Capital Athletic Conference, fall to 0-12 overall with the loss.

The Spartan offense got going early and often as York banged out four goals in the opening six minutes of the game. After Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) opened the game with an unassisted goal, freshman Jamie Lilly (Davidsonville, Md./St. Mary's Annapolis) tallied three consecutive goals over a 2:04 stretch. Lilly earned his first career start and made the most of the opportunity in the win as he would have a big day for York.

York added seven more goals in the first quarter as they ended the period with an 11-0 lead. Six different goal scorers found the back of the net for the Spartans in the opening 15 minutes of play. The 11 first quarter goals ties the school record for goals in a period as the mark was also accomplished in the second quarter of a 23-11 win at Hood on March 30, 2009.

The Spartans pushed the lead to 12-0 before the Knights got on the board wit ha Nash Wilkey goal with 9:04 left in the half. Garrett Widlake (Catonsville, Md./Mt. St. Joe) tallied a goal less than a minute and a half after the Wilkey goal to answer for York. However, Southern Virginia answered just five seconds later as Ryan Smith won the face off and raced toward the Spartan goal, firing off a shot and scoring the Knights' second goal of the game. York closed out the half with a pair of goals as York took a 15-2 lead to the break.

York kept the offense flowing in the third quarter as six different Spartans scored to push the lead to 21-2 through three periods of play. The Green and White capped the game with six goals in the fourth quarter, including a trio of tallies from sophomore Zach Speights (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock).

The 27 goals establish a new school record, breaking the old record of 25 set in a February 28, 2004 win over Alvernia. The 44 points breaks the previous record of 41 set in the March 30, 2009 win over Hood.

The Green and White had 15 different players score the 27 goals led by Lilly as he notched five goals while he also handed out four assists for nine points. The nine points rank second on the single-game list for the Spartans.

Gamble recorded five points on two goals and three assists as he played a little under a quarter of game time. Speights and Widlake each notched three goals while Speights added an assist for the Spartans. Christopher Lees (Barto, Pa./Boyertown), Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) and Alex Millard (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) each found the back of the net twice for the Spartans.

Freshman Jake Katchmark (Centreville, Va./Westfield) dominated the X in his first quarter of action as he won 11-of-12 face offs with nine ground balls. Mikey Allen (Owings, Md./Northern) won 13-of-21 as he was the Spartans' man at the X in the final three quarters of play.

Wilkey and Smith notched the goals for Southern Virginia. Smith also had a team-high four ground balls while he was 9-for-29 at the face off X.

The Spartans had three goalies split the duties on the day. Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) played the opening 15 minutes and did not face a shot. Christian Koch (Sykesville, Md./Century) played the next 15 minutes and allowed two goals with one save. Senior Joey Bellavia (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Mellville) played all 30 minutes in the second half and registered one save.

Tyler Cox played 56:13 of the game for Southern Virginia as he allowed 25 goals and made 14 saves. Sean O'Brien played 3:47 and surrendered a pair of goals.

York outshot the Knights 59-6 while they held a 47-15 margin in ground balls. York won 24-of-33 face offs while the Spartans forced 18 turnovers while they only committed seven.

The Spartans will have a quick turn around as they will host Ursinus College on Sunday in York. First face off is scheduled for 1:00 pm at Kinsley Field.

Jamie Lilly photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers