No. 5 York Defeats No. 19 Lynchburg on the Road

Photo courtesy of Sam Casale
Photo courtesy of Sam Casale

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The York College men's lacrosse team scored 10 first-half goals and led wire-to-wire for its first win in school history over Lynchburg College, 15-11 on the road in non-conference play. Thomas Pfeiffer finished with seven points and was one of three Spartans, along with Brendan McGrath and Hunter Davis to score three goals. Landry Marshall made a season-high nine saves in net to help seal the victory.


#5 York: 4-0

#19 Lynchburg: 0-4

Game Statistics

Shots: York 29, Lynchburg 39

Shots on Goal: York 24, Lynchburg 20

Saves: York 9, Lynchburg 9

Face Offs Won: York 12, Lynchburg 14

Ground Balls: York 26, Lynchburg 21

Turnovers: York 13, Lynchburg 14

Caused Turnovers: York 5, Lynchburg 8

Man Up: York 0-for-2, Lynchburg 1-for-6

Penalties: York 7-for-7:00, Lynchburg 2-for-2:00

How it Happened:
Landry Marshall set the tone early, dropping to his knees to make an impressive save on a low shot from deep. The first goal of the game went York's way, Matt Whitcher scoring off a Thomas Pfeiffer assist. Then, on a man-up opportunity, great ball movement led to Dylan Wolf rifling a pass in front of the net to Hunter Davis, who calmly pushed it past the goalkeeper, doubling the York lead. With 5:48 to play in the opening quarter, the Spartans added another one. Ryan Cook ran the offense from behind the net, moved to his right and then whipped a pass to Pfeiffer, who easily scored. Less than a minute later, Jake Hvazda made it 4-0, taking a pass from Pfeiffer. The Hornets got on the board immediately following York's fourth goal, when Craig Koester won the face off and sprinted down the field to score himself. Lynchburg put together back-to-back goals, closing within 4-2, but the Spartans had an answer. Pfeiffer took a pass and circled around the net, then sent a rocket into the upper half of the net. The lead extended just six seconds later, when Tyler Nation came storming down the center of the field, and found Davis, who scored his second of the opening quarter.

• York killed off an early extra-man opportunity for the Hornets in the second period with the help of another save from Marshall. Lynchburg controlled possession for the opening stages of the second quarter, and pulled within three again at 6-3 with 12:50 left in the half. Dillon Hannah pushed it back to four soon after, scoring his third of the season. York killed off another penalty, locking down the Hornets offensively through the first quarter and a half. The next goal was a beauty, opening an 8-3 lead. Pfeiffer and Hvazda crisscrossed behind the net, Pfeiffer found the freshman, and then Hvazda fed Brendan McGrath in front of the goal for his first point of the afternoon. Then, Whitcher scored his second when he slowly carried the ball down the right side. Nobody picked him up, so he easily flicked one in the top corner. The Hornets got back into striking distance before halftime, converting on a pair of extra-man opportunities, and eventually closed within 9-6 after three straight goals. Penalties were an issue throughout the game, and York finished the game with seven minutes worth of damage. Just before the buzzer, though, McGrath scooped up a pass from Kevin Witchey and scored with just one second left in the half, giving the Spartans 10 first-half goals.

• York outscored Lynchburg 3-2 in the third period, finishing the quarter with a 13-8 lead. Pfeiffer, Davis and Wolf scored for the Spartans while Cook and Pfeiffer notched assists. To open the fourth, however, Lynchburg scored twice in the first 1:09, closing within 13-10. York struggled offensively in the final period, allowing the Hornets to score again, with just 6:17 to play, making it 13-11. In fact, the Spartans were held scoreless until just 4:49 remained. When York needed it most, though, two of the Green and White's most decorated scorers came through. Pfeiffer found McGrath for the first goal of the fourth. That gave York some breathing room, and led to another goal, this time from Hannah. That was enough to seal the victory, York's first against Lynchburg in school history. Marshall, who finished with nine saves, made two more in the final minute en route to a 15-11 win.

Spartan Leaders:
Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 4 assists, 6 shots, 1 ground ball

Hunter Davis: 3 goals, 3 shots, 2 ground balls

Brendan McGrath: 3 goals, 4 shots

Matt Whitcher: 2 goals, 2 shots, 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Dillon Hannah: 2 goals, 5 shots, 1 ground ball

Hornet Leaders

Kevin Rogers: 3 goals, 8 shots, 1 caused turnover

Logan Adams: 2 goals, 1 assist, 5 shots, 1 ground ball

Colin McGuire: 3 assists, 4 shots

Goalie Comparision:
Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 9 saves, 11 goals against (W, 4-0)

CJ Santora (LC): 60:00 minutes played, 9 saves, 15 goals against (L, 0-4)

Game Notes:
York is now 1-3 all-time against Lynchburg … the Spartans fell to the Hornets twice last year, including a 10-8 loss in the NCAA Tournament … the win was York's second over a ranked team this season … Thomas Pfeiffer finished with seven points, two short of his career high that he posted against McDaniel on February 24 … he now has a team-high 24 points on 10 goals and 14 assists … Brendan McGrath added three more goals, totaling 14 for the season, a team-high … Landry Marshall made a season-high nine saves … he now has a .500 save percentage, and a 6.64 goals against average ... freshmen Dylan Wolf and Jake Hvazda have 12 points combined for the season … Kevin Witchey's assist was his first point of his career.

Up next:
The Spartans return home Wednesday to take on Gettysburg at Kinsley Field. First face off is set for 7 p.m. York is 2-2 all-time against the Bullets after beating them 16-8 last season.