YORK, Pa. - The No. 11 York College men's lacrosse team has earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament bid in program history and will face Susquehanna University in the first round on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Kinsley Field.
The Spartans (15-4, 6-1 CAC) earned their way into the NCAA Tournament with an at-large bid after winning a program-record 15 wins and sharing the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season title with No. 2 Salisbury. York and Salisbury met last Saturday in the CAC Championship game where the Sea Gulls claimed the CAC crown with a 12-4 victory.
The Crusaders (11-7, 5-1 LANDMARK) enter the NCAA Tournament as the Landmark Conference champions following a 9-6 win over Goucher in the conference championship game. Susquehanna is making its second trip to the NCAA Tournament as it made its first-ever appearance last year after winning the Landmark Conference tournament title. SU did not make it out of the first round last year, falling 22-2 to Salisbury.
York, led by CAC Coach of the Year Brandon Childs, enters Wednesday's tilt with nine different players with double-digit point totals and seven with double-digit goal totals. The Spartan offense is led by a pair of All-CAC First Team selections in Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) and Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) who finished first and second in the CAC with 49 and 47 goals respectively. Gamble and Hutson finished tied with seven man-up goals each to lead the Spartans' 25th nationally-ranked man-up offense.
The Spartans also have a stellar cast on the defensive end, highlighted by CAC Rookie of the Year Garrett Barker (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and CAC First Team goalkeeper Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston). Barker contributed with 30 ground balls and his 19 caused turnovers is good for the ninth highest total in the CAC. Abney leads the CAC with 200 saves and his conference-leading .623 save percentage also ranks 14th in the nation.
Susquehanna also boasts nine different players with double-digit point totals, in addition to eight players with double-digit goal totals. The Crusader offense is led by Landmark Player of the Year Austen Lein who led the Landmark in points (63) and assists (35), while finishing fifth with 28 goals.
All-Landmark First Team selection Corrie Van Haasteren heads the Crusader defense as he has compiled 31 caused turnovers, good for second in the Landmark, to go along with his 42 ground balls and one goal. SU ranks second in the Landmark with a 7.41 goals-against average while Crusader net-minder Jared Knowlton ranks second in the conference with a .598 save percentage.
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