Davis Notches Game Winner as #7 Spartans Edge #20 Generals

Davis Notches Game Winner as #7 Spartans Edge #20 Generals

LEXINGTON, VA – The seventh-ranked York College men's lacrosse team got the go-ahead goal from Hunter Davis with 1:11 left in the game as the Spartans earned a 12-11 win over #20 Washington & Lee in a battle of top 20 teams in Lexington, Virginia on Saturday.

The Spartans trailed by two goals five different times during the game including being down 10-8 late in the third quarter.  



#7 York: 1-0

#20 Washington & Lee: 0-1


Game Statistics

Shots: York 42, W&L 29

Shots on Goal: York 24, W&L 17

Saves: York 6, W&L 12

Face Offs Won: York 17, W&L 10

Ground Balls: York 37, W&L 23

Turnovers: York 13, W&L 17

Caused Turnovers: York 8, W&L 7

Man Up: York 3-for-5, W&L 2-for-5

Penalties: York 5-for-4:30, W&L 5-for-4:00


How it Happened:

• Washington & Lee got off to a blistering start as they got the first two goals of the game. Ryan Brady fired the game's opening salvo with a goal a mere 32 seconds into the game. Joe Perrella made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal with 9:55 left in the first quarter.

• The Spartans got on the board 1:12 later as the Green and White took advantage of a man-up chance as Thomas Pfeiffer fed Hunter Davis who banged home the shot for the Spartans.

• The Generals made it 3-1 with a Johnathan Henry goal but Matt Whitcher answered just over a minute later as W&L held a 3-2 lead with 5:18 left in the quarter.

• The Generals hit York with back-to-back goals for the second time in the quarter with the second being a man-up goal from Perella. The three goal lead for the Generals was the largest lead of the game for either team. The Spartans got to within two at 5-3 when Pfeiffer tallied York's second man-up goal of the quarter with a goal off a pass from Cameron Leech with just 33 seconds left in the period.

• The Spartan offense got rolling in the second quarter as they scored three straight to open the period as the Green and White took a 6-5 lead. Davis, Brendan McGrath and Austin Glab scored the goals to open the second.

• The Generals tied the game on a Sam Dardani goal with 4:28 left in the half. York answered with another McGrath goal with 3:32 left in the quarter as the Spartan lead was 7-6. The Generals tied the game again on a Whit Griffin goal with 2:42 left. The Spartans killed off a penalty after the goal and had possession in the final 30 seconds of the half but couldn't get a good look before the halftime horn.

• The Spartans scored first after the half as Pfeiffer scored off a pass from McGrath, giving York an 8-7 lead 1:55 into the quarter. The Generals ripped off three straight goals as they pushed out to a 10-8 lead with 5:39 left in the third. York got a huge goal with 42 seconds left in the period as Davis found the back of the net off a pass from Leech, cutting York's deficit to 10-9.

• Pfeiffer opened the fourth quarter scoring with a man-up goal 1:23 into the final period, knotting the score at 10. A.J. Witherell gave the Generals their final lead of the day with a goal 2:31 later as the hosts took an 11-10 lead. York's Ryan Cook slid a shot inside the right post less than a minute later off a pass from Whitcher, tying the game at 11 with 10:19 left in the game.

• The Spartans had a series of four consecutive shots but a tripping penalty gave the Generals possession with 4:54 left in regulation. J.D. Beck forced a W&L turnover and picked up a ground ball, giving York possession. After a pair of Spartan shots, the Generals got a Spartan turnover but W&L was called for offsides, giving York possession with 2:03 left. York would work the ball around the perimeter until Pfeiffer found Davis for the game-winner with 1:11 left in the game.

• The Generals won the ensuing face off and Witherall fired a shot high. W&L got another shot but Landry Marshall registered the game-saving save. Beck would cause a turnover after the ground ball pick up and the Spartans would earn their first win of the year.


Spartan Leaders:

Hunter Davis: 4 goals, 3 ground balls, Game Winning Goal

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points, 5 ground balls

Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 points, 2 ground balls

Matt Whitcher: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points

Billy Sasso: 16-for-26 at the X, 11 ground balls

J.D. Beck: 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers


General Leaders:

Joe Perrella: 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 points

Whit Griffin: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points, 1 ground ball

Sam Dardani: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

AJ Witherell: 2 goals, 2 ground balls

Jed Londrey: 7-of-16 at the X, 5 ground balls

Evans Alison: 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers


Goalie Comparision:

Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes, 11 goals against, 6 saves (Win, 1-0)

Nic Peterson (W&L): 60:00 minutes, 12 goals against, 12 saves (Loss, 0-1)


Spartan Notes:

The Spartans are now 5-1 in season openers under head coach Brandon Childs … The Spartans have won two straight against Washington & Lee but the Generals still hold a 3-2 margin in the overall series … both schools are ranked in the USILA/Nike Coaches poll as York is 7th and Washington & Lee is 20th … York is now 10-8 all-time in season openers in program history … the Spartans are now 4-8 in season openers on the road as they have won two straight openers away from York … Childs is now 67-29 in his six years at the helm of the program … Childs now has 95 coaching wins for his career … both teams were picked to finish second in their conference as York was selected behind national champion Salisbury while W&L is picked to finish second behind Roanoke in the ODAC coaches poll … the Generals were just one point behind Roanoke in the poll as they had 75 points and four first place votes while Roanoke had 76 points and five first place votes … Hunter Davis tied his career-high with four goals matching his season-opening effort last year at Eastern on February 17 … the game-winning goal was Davis' eighth of his career … sophomore Billy Sasso scooped up a career-high 11 ground balls while he also won a career-high 16 face-offs in his first game as York's primary man at the X … junior Matt Whitcher tied his career high with three points, a mark he had reached four previous times … sophomore Brendan McGrath tied his career-high with four points on his two goals and two assists … junior Landry Marshall made his first collegiate start as the Spartans' played their first game without All-American and all-time leading goalie wins record holder Caleb Abney … sophomore Thomas Pfeiffer set a new career-high with five points on three goals and two assists … the three goals also ties his career-high while the two assists established a new career standard … the Spartans have won two straight road games against nationally ranked squads (@ #1 Salisbury, 10-9 on April 30)


He Said It

"I think today showed us a lot about the toughness of our team," said head coach Brandon Childs. "We did not play our best lacrosse on the defensive end but we played tough enough to win. Obviously, our play at the face off X was crucial in winning that game today."


Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, February 18 as they host Eastern University in a non-conference match up at Kinsley Field. First face off is scheduled for 3:00 pm in York. The game will be the second straight match up against an NCAA Tournament team from last season. 

Hunter Davis photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography