YORK, Pa. – The No. 15 York College men's lacrosse team will take on No. 13 Mary Washington on Saturday in the second round of the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Tournament.
The No. 2 seeded Spartans (14-3, 6-1 CAC) enter Saturday's tilt after receiving a first-round bye, while the No. 3 seeded Eagles are coming off a 13-4 victory over No. 6 seeded Christopher Newport on Wednesday in the opening round of the tournament.
In the previous meeting between these two squads, York picked up the 11-10 victory in double overtime with a game-winner by Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) as 2:52 remained in the second OT period.
Both teams know how to put the ball in the net as they rank near the top of the conference in most offensive categories. York ranks third in goals with 215, second in assists with 136 and third in goals-per-game with 12.65. The Spartans are also very effective in man-up situations as they rank first in the CAC in both man-up goals (26) and man-up percentage (.426)
The Eagles boast a potent attack as they rank second in the CAC in goals (220), third in assists (135) and second in goals-per-game (13.75). UMW is also effective on the defensive end, giving up the fewest goals in the conference (107), while ranking second in both goals-against average (6.65) and save percentage (.596).
York will roll into Saturday with seven players in double-figure goal totals and nine players in double-figure point totals.
Hutson, the conference's leading goal scorer, has 45 goals and has the fourth highest point total in the CAC with 56. Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) has been a point-tallying machine for the Green and White as he ranks second in the CAC with 44 goals, ninth in assists with 18 and third with a team-lading 62 points.
Tyler Davis (Westminster, Md./Finksburg) is the leading distributer for York and also leads the CAC with 37 assists. Davis' 56 points are good for fourth in the conference and second on the team.
Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) has been a solid force between the pipes for York as the 6-5, 245-pound net-minder ranks second in the CAC with 186 saves and third with 104 goals against. Abney also boasts the CAC's best save percentage (.641) and the third best goals-against average (7.04).
Like York, Mary Washington has multiple players among the conference's offensive leaders.
The combination of John Bohlinger and Luke Dick has been a two-headed offensive monster for the Eagles, as the two seniors have combined for 84 goals and 141 points on the season. Dick is the conference leader in points with 72 and ranks fourth with 41 goals. Bohlinger ranks third in the CAC in goals with 43 and second in points with 69.
Dick is also the Eagles' leading distributer and ranks second in the CAC with 31 assists and Bohlinger ranks fifth with 26 helpers
UMW also possesses a solid net-minder between pipes in Zack Delgrosso. The senior sits atop the CAC with a 6.70 goals-against average and 96 goals against, and he ranks second with a .593 save percentage.
The Spartans and Eagles face off in the second round of the 2014 CAC Men's Lacrosse Tournament at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at Kinsley Field on the campus of York College. For more information related to the tournament and the teams competing, visit cacsports.com.
York celebration photo courtesy of Joe Rodgers