#2 Spartans Bounce #7 Salisbury in Early CAC Showdown

Ryan Cook photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Ryan Cook photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse squad used an eight goal third quarter to down #7 Salisbury University 15-6 in the Capital Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

The Spartans tallied three goals during a two-minute non-releasable penalty early in the third quarter that turned the tide of the game. The loss snaps Salisbury's 27 game regular season conference win streak.


Game #9

Records: #2 York 8-1 (1-0 CAC), #7 Salisbury 6-3 (0-1 CAC)

Final Score: York 15, Salisbury 6

Shots: York 39, Salisbury 19

Shots on Goal: York 26, Salisbury 15

Ground Balls: York 37, Salisbury 29

Face Off Wins: York 10, Salisbury 12

Clears: York 17-for-20, Salisbury 13-for-17

Saves: York 9, Salisbury 11

Turnovers: York 14, Salisbury 19

Penalties: York 3 for 2:00, Salisbury 8 for 6:30


How It Happened

• The first quarter featured sloppy play and missed shots as neither team could muster any sustained offense. The Spartans outshot the Sea Gulls 5-4 while there were a combined 10 turnovers as the teams went to the second quarter locked in a scoreless tie.

• The Spartans opened the scoring with 11:24 left in the second quarter as Ryan Cook picked up a ground ball off a saved shot and finished the chance to put the Spartans on the board. Salisbury's Pierre Armstrong wasted little time in tying the game as he scored after a York turnover, knotting the game at one. Just over four minutes later, Corey Gwin gave the Gulls a 2-1 win off a pass from Josh Melton. Senior Matt Whitcher tied the game 38 seconds later with a goal off a Jake Hvazda assist. Each team scored another goal as the squads headed to the intermission tied at three.

• The Sea Gulls began the second half on the man-up as York was whistled for a 30 second penalty with 20 ticks left in the first half. They converted that chance as Gwin notched the man-up goal nine seconds into the third period.

• The Spartans quickly answered Gwin's goal with a Cook goal 47 seconds later. Salisbury's John Wheeler hit Cook high after the goal, drawing a two-minute non-releasable penalty. The Spartans made the Sea Gulls pay as York banged out three goals during that two-minute stretch. Hunter Davis, Thomas Pfeiffer, and Davis a second time pushed the Spartan lead to 7-4 with 12:04 left in the third quarter.

• Salisbury got a third goal from Gwin but the Spartans finished the quarter with a four goal spurt to push the lead to 11-5 heading to the fourth.

• The Spartan offense continued to click in the fourth as they outscored Salisbury 5-1 started with another man-up goal to open the quarter as Hvazda notched the man-up goal just 23 seconds into the fourth.


Spartan Leaders

Ryan Cook: 3 goals, 2 assists, 2 ground balls

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 1 ground ball

Jake Hvazda: 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Brad Casale: 2 goals

Gunnar Reynolds: 2 goals

Nick Roman: 8 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Matt Whitcher: 1 goal, 5 ground balls

Billy Sasso: 10-for-22 at the X, 1 ground ball


Salisbury Leaders

Corey Gwin: 3 goals, 1 ground ball

Emory Wongus: 2 goals

Josh Melton: 2 assists

Kevin Murphy: 7 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Brett Malamphy: 9-for-13 at the X, 4 ground balls


Goalie Comparison

Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 6 goals against, 9 saves (Win, 8-1)

Brandon Warren (SAL): 49:09 minutes played, 13 goals against, 9 saves (Loss, 3-1)

Chandler Dabbs (SAL): 10:51 minutes played, 2 goals against, 2 saves


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 2-24 all-time against the Sea Gulls as York has won twice in the last four games against Salisbury … Salisbury is 0-3 this year when allowing double digits in goals … the 15 goals are the most allowed by Salisbury since April 16, 2011 when they allowed 16 to Stevenson in a regular season CAC loss to the Mustangs … that is a span of 154 games … Salisbury was held to a season low six goals, their lowest total since May 6, 2015 when they beat Roanoke 6-3 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Salisbury and that is a span of 59 games … the loss is the Sea Gulls first regular season conference loss since April 2, 2014 at Christopher Newport as the Captains edged the Sea Gulls 8-7 in overtime …. the loss snaps Salisbury's regular season CAC win streak at 27 games … after their March 7 loss to Gettysburg, York is averaging 16.5 goals per game in their last four contest while they are allowing 5.0 goals per game during that same stretch … the five man-up goals were a season-high for the Spartans … senior Ryan Cook set a new career high with five points on three goals and two assists … the three goals were also a career-high … sophomore Nick Roman tied his career-high with eight ground balls in the win … freshman Jake Hvazda set a new career-high with three assists … senior Landry Marshall earned his 25th career win in goal for the Spartans … senior Matt Whitcher tied his career-high with five ground balls.


Up Next

The Spartans have a short turn around as they return to action on Wednesday evening when they host Elizabethtown College in a non-conference contest under the lights at Kinsley Field. First face off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.