Pfeiffer, McGrath and Davis Power Spartans Past #19 Stevenson

Thomas Pfeiffer photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Thomas Pfeiffer photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

OWINGS MILLS, MD – The fourth ranked York College men's lacrosse team put together an impressive performance in the final game of the 2018 Stevenson University Mustang Classic as they downed the host Mustangs 20-7 on Saturday night in Owings Mills, Maryland.

The Spartan offense was led by the cone head line of Thomas Pfeiffer, Brendan McGrath, and Hunter Davis as they combined for 16 goals and seven assists in the win.

The win for the Spartans is their largest margin of victory over the Mustangs. The Spartans have won two straight against Stevenson after snapping an 11-game skid against the Mustangs in last year's Mustang Classic.

York has now won three straight overall and four straight at the Mustang Classic.


Game #8

Records: #4 York 7-1, #19 Stevenson 0-5

Final Score: York 20, Stevenson 7

Shots: York 38, Stevenson 24

Shots on Goal: York 26, Stevenson 12

Ground Balls: York 30, Stevenson 22

Face Offs Won: York 10, Stevenson 20

Clears: York 18-of-19, Stevenson 14-of-16

Saves: York 5, Stevenson 6

Turnovers: York 12, Stevenson 16

Extra Man: York 2-of-6, Stevenson 2-of-5


How It Happened:

• The Spartans got off to fast start in the final game of the Mustang Classic. Junior Thomas Pfeiffer opened the scoring 2:20 into the game as he scored his 18th goal of the year off an assist from senior Ryan Cook. It would take the Spartans another four minutes to score goal number two as Hunter Davis scored off a feed from Cook. That goal seemed to kick the offense into high gear as York scored another four goals over a six-minute stretch as the Spartans ended the opening quarter with a 6-0 lead. Matt Whitcher, Davis, Brendan McGrath, and Pfeiffer scored for York. Pfeifer's second goal was a man-up tally for York.

• Pfeiffer nabbed his third goal of the game to start the second with 12:32 left in the quarter. The scoring pace settled as the next goal, a Jake Hvazda tally, didn't come until there was 2:34 left in the half. The Mustangs finally got on the board 20 seconds after Hvazda's goal as Kyle Karsian scored an unassisted goal for Stevenson. Davis notched his third goal of the game 1:32 before the intermission to give York the 9-1 lead heading to the locker room.

• The offensive onslaught continued in the third quarter as McGrath opened the scoring with his 20th goal of the year 2:18 into the second half. Davis scored his fourth goal of the game 1:20 later off a pass from McGrath as the lead grew to 11-1. Pfeiffer kept the offense rolling with his fourth goal of the game to make it 12-1. The Mustangs temporarily stopped the bleeding with a man-up goal from Jacob Tatum with 7:55 left in the third. York ended the quarter with goals from McGrath, Pfeiffer and McGrath again as they carried a 15-2 lead to the fourth.

• The Mustangs opened the scoring in the fourth but Pfeiffer and McGrath quickly answered as the lead stood at 17-3 with 11:37 left in the game. The Spartans lead 20-5 before the Mustangs got a pair of cosmetic goals in the final two minutes of the game.


Spartan Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 6 goals, 3 assists, 10 shots, 1 ground ball

Brendan McGrath: 6 goals, 1 assist, 7 shots, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Hunter Davis: 4 goals, 1 assists, 5 shots, 1 ground ball

Jake Hvazda: 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shots

Ryan Cook: 3 assists, 2 ground balls

Tyler Nation: 4 ground balls

Matt Whitcher: 1 goal, 1 assist, 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover


Mustang Leaders

Jacob Tatum: 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 shots

Harrison Faecher: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Collin Tucker: 1 goal

Luke Fisher: 2 assists

Justin Burnette: 16-for-25 at the X, 5 ground balls

Austin Howard: 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnovers


Goalie Comparison

Landry Marshall (YCP): 50:47 minutes played, 4 goals against, 4 saves (Win, 7-1)

Jacob Laubner (YCP): 9:13 minutes played, 3 goals against, 1 save

Sam Ross (STE): 45:00 minutes played, 15 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 0-5)

Marc Poust (STE): 15:00 minutes played, 5 goals against, 1 save


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 5-1 all-time at the Mustang Classic as this is their third year of participating in the tournament … York's previous high in goals against Stevenson was 13 in 2002 and the 13-goal margin of victory was the biggest for the Spartans in the all-time series … York outscored their two opponents in the Mustang Classic 38-10 … the Spartans had a season-high in goals (20) and assists (13) … York has scored 15 or more goals in five of their eight games this year … York shot a season-high 52.6% as they scored 20 goals on 38 shots while the put 26 of their 38 shots (68.4%) on goal … the Spartans big three on the attack, Thomas Pfeiffer, Brendan McGrath, and Hunter Davis have combined to score 64 goals and dish out 30 assists … the trio all rank in the top ten in points in the Capital Athletic Conference … Pfeiffer is second with 43 points, McGrath is ninth with 28 points while Davis is tenth with 23 points … Pfeiffer's nine points are tied for second on the Spartans' single-game scoring list ... Stevenson falls to 0-5 with the loss but they had dropped their previous four games, all against nationally ranked squads, by a combined six goals … the win is the 90th in the York College career of Spartan head coach Brandon Childs … York's 33 total points in the win is the seventh highest total in school history … the 20 goals scored are tied for ninth on the single game list.


Up Next:

The Spartans open their Capital Athletic Conference slate with a bang on Saturday as they host Salisbury University in a prime conference match up at Kinsley Field. First face off is set for 1:00 pm in York.

Brandon Childs Post Game Press Conference (Courtesy of Stevenson Athletic Communications)