Fenton Sparks Spartans to 17-3 Win over St. Mary's

Cole Fenton photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Cole Fenton photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, Pa. – The York College men's lacrosse team was ignited by a ceremonial goal from student-manager Cole Fenton to burst past St. Mary's (Md.) College 17-3 in Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday in Kinsley Field. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Spartans, who earned goals from 12 different players to improve to 4-0 in conference play.

Game #13

Final Score: #2 York 17, St. Mary's 3

Records: #2 York 12-1, 4-0 CAC, St. Mary's 4-10, 1-4 CAC

Shots: York 42, St. Mary's 18

Shots on Goal: York 26, St. Mary's 10

Saves: York 7, St. Mary's 9

Face offs Won: York 16, St. Mary's 7

Ground Balls: York 39, St. Mary's 28

Turnovers: York 9, St. Mary's 17

Caused Turnovers: York 7, St. Mary's 6

Man Up: York 0-for-2, St. Mary's 1-for-1

Penalties: York 1-for-1:00, St. Mary's 2-for-1:00

Clears: York 18-for-18, St. Mary's 10-for-13

How it Happened:

• York's battle with St. Mary's began in unusual fashion as Cole Fenton used a hidden ball trick with Hunter Davis for a ceremonial opening goal, inspiring the entire Spartan bench to sprint off the sidelines to celebrate with Fenton, who was born with a condition that required him to undergo 26 surguries throughout his life, limiting his ability to play contact sports. The energy really seemed to carry over for York, as it ripped off seven goals in the opening quarter, including four in the first five minutes. Jake Hvazda and Ryan Cook scored the first two goals, and then Cook assisted on a pair to Dillon Hannah, quickly pushing York ahead 4-0. Before the end of the first, the Spartans had extended its advantage to seven as Thomas Pfeiffer scored twice and Dylan Wolf added another, assisted by Pfeiffer.

• The Spartans scored six more in the second quarter, again without allowing St. Mary's to get on the board. Gunnar Reynolds, Shane Brookhart and J.T Kidd scored along with Pfeiffer, Hannah and Hvazda before the halftime break. Kidd's goal came directly off the face off and was his first of his career.

Liam Rattigan, who finished with a career high-matching three points, scored the opening goal of the second half, and Brendan O'Sullivan, Tanner Yannick and Ethan Locker would add goals in the third, extending the lead to 17-0.

Landry Marshall and Jacob Laubner combined to shutout the Seahawks for the first 47 minutes of the game before St. Mary's scored three in the fourth. Marshall earned his 12th win of the season and his 28th of his career, the second-most of all time.

Spartan Leaders:

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 2 assists, 3 shots

Dillon Hannah: 3 goals, 4 shots

Jake Hvazda: 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 shots, 2 ground balls

Ryan Cook: 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 shot

Liam Rattigan: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Seahawk Leaders:

Max Groen: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 shot, 2 ground balls

Kyle Hurley: 1 goal, 1 shot, 1 ground ball

Ray LaPlace: 1 goal, 1 shot, 1 ground ball

Goalie Comparison:

Landry Marshall (YCP): 30:00 minutes played, 0 goals against, 4 saves (W, 12-1)

Jacob Laubner (YCP): 30:00 minutes played, 3 goals against, 3 saves

Ross Snodderly (SMC): 54:22 minutes played, 17 goals against, 9 saves (L, 4-10)

Kenny Kasprzak (SMC): 5:38 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 saves

Game Notes:

York is now 9-15 all-time against the Seahawks … the Spartans have won the last six meetings in the series … the victory is York's eighth consecutive … the Spartans haven't lost since March 7 … after adding five more points, Thomas Pfeiffer now has 57 for the season … he has had six games of at least five points … he has recorded a point in all 13 games … J.T. Kidd scored the first goal of his career … Kidd also went 5-for-6 in face offs … Liam Rattigan finished with three points, matching a career high … his two assists also set a career high … Dillon Hannah scored three times, extending his goal streak to five games … he has 11 goals in that span.

Up Next:

On Saturday, the Spartans travel to Christopher Newport to take on the Captains at 1 p.m. York is 8-1 all-time against CNU, including a pair of wins last season, one of which coming in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.