YORK, Pa. – The York College men's lacrosse team defeated McDaniel College 16-8 on Saturday at Kinsley Field behind a combined ten goals from Thomas Pfeiffer and Hunter Davis. Pfeiffer finished with a career-high nine points, just one short of matching the school record, to help lead the fifth-ranked Spartans to their third win of the season.
#5 York: 3-0
Shots: York 45, McDaniel 25
Shots on Goal: York 38, McDaniel 13
Saves: York 5, McDaniel 21
Face Offs Won: York 17, McDaniel 9
Ground Balls: York 43, McDaniel 25
Turnovers: York 17, McDaniel 27
Caused Turnovers: York 11, McDaniel 7
Man Up: York 1-for-3, McDaniel 3-for-8
Penalties: York 8-for-7:00, McDaniel 3-for-2:30
How it Happened:
• The Spartans struck first, less than five minutes in, thanks to Thomas Pfeiffer, getting an assist from Matt Whitcher. Pfeiffer finished with nine points, on five goals and four assists, tied for the second-most points in a game in school history, just one point from matching the record. McDaniel answered just over a minute later, but Hunter Davis had a quick response, getting another assist from Whitcher. Davis' goal came just 13 seconds after the Green Terror scored. Throughout the day, York answered McDaniel's scores with goals of its own. On four occasions, the Green and White scored within a minute of a McDaniel goal. Whitcher finished the first quarter with a goal and a pair of assists, and York led 4-3 after 15 minutes.
• Pfeiffer found Brendan McGrath for the first goal in the second quarter, with just 4:24 left in the half. Again the Green Terror responded, closing the gap to 5-4 with just over two minutes to play, but Pfeiffer scored and then assisted on a goal from Davis, putting some distance between York and McDaniel at the break.
• The Spartans continued to slowly expand their advantage in the third quarter, getting goals from Pfeiffer, Davis and Joey Fiorino. York took a 10-6 lead into the fourth, before exploding for six goals in the final period. Gunnar Reynolds and Ryan Cook finished their chances in front of net to help pad the York advantage, cruising to a 16-8 win.
Thomas Pfeiffer: 5 goals, 4 assists, 6 shots, 6 shots on goal, 2 ground balls
Hunter Davis: 5 goals, 1 assist, 8 shots, 7 shots on goal
Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 2 assists, 10 shots, 9 shots on goal, 3 ground balls
Green Terror Leaders:
Carson Marshall: 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 shots, 3 shots on goal, 2 ground balls
Bryce Brookhart: 2 goals, 4 shots, 2 shots on goal
Jakob Katzen (McD): 53:11 minutes played, 21 saves, 15 goals against (L, 1-1)
Bailey Gunter (McD): 6:49 minutes played, 1 save, 1 goal against
York is now 5-3 all-time against the Green Terror, winning the last five meetings … Thomas Pfeiffer set a career high with nine points, tied for the second-most in school history … his five goals matches a career high … Pfeiffer now leads the team in points, with 17 in three games … Hunter Davis recorded a career-high six points … his five goals also set a career high … Brendan McGrath added to his team-high 11 goals, and has 14 total points … Joey Fiorino scored his first goal of the season … it was the two-time All-American's 11th of his career … Landry Marshall notched his 20th career win in goal, taking third place all-time in school history.
The Spartans travel to Lynchburg on Saturday to take on the 16th-ranked Hornets in a rematch of the NCAA Tournament third round from a season ago. York is 0-3 all-time against Lynchburg, including two close losses last year, 9-8 in double overtime and 10-8 in the postseason. First faceoff is set for 1 p.m.