No. 2 York Downs No. 17 CNU with Big Fourth Quarter

No. 2 York Downs No. 17 CNU with Big Fourth Quarter

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The second-ranked York College men's lacrosse team battled back from a second-half deficit to run away from Christopher Newport University 15-11 on the road in a major Capital Athletic Conference battle on Saturday afternoon. Dillon Hannah scored five goals, matching a career high, and Matt Whitcher scored three in the second half to help the Spartans to their ninth consecutive win, and to stay undefeated in CAC play.

Game #14

Final Score: #2 York 15, CNU 11

Records: #2 York 13-1, 5-0 CAC, CNU 12-3, 5-2 CAC

Shots: York 34, CNU 29

Shots on Goal: York 27, CNU 18

Saves: York 7, CNU 12

Face offs Won: York 17, CNU 13

Ground Balls: York 35, CNU 33

Turnovers: York 15, CNU 17

Caused Turnovers: York 12, CNU 12

Man Up: York 0-for-1, CNU 1-for-3

Penalties: York 3-for-4:00, CNU 1-for-1:00

Clears: York 16-for-19, CNU 12-for-14

How it Happened:

• York grabbed the upper hand early when Gunnar Reynolds opened the scoring just 3:25 into the game. The lead was short-lived, however, as CNU quickly tied the game just 1:12 later. Just under two minutes passed with the score at 1-1 before the Spartans rattled off four consecutive goals in a span of 4:28. Dillon Hannah scored the goal to put the Green and White ahead at 2-1, one of his career high-matching five goals on the afternoon. Shane Brookhart found Jake Hvazda for York's third goal before Hannah added his second. Then, with 4:06 to play in the opening quarter, Thomas Pfeiffer, York's leading scorer this season, managed to score while York played a man down. Hvazda was credited with the assist. Both teams added another goal before the end of the first, including a strike from Brad Casale with only 22 seconds left on the clock.

• Fighting a 6-2 deficit entering the second quarter, CNU scored five of the seven goals scored in the next frame. The Captains wasted little time getting going, scoring in the first two minutes of the second period, but Hunter Davis responded with a pair of assists, one to Hannah and one to Pfeiffer to push York back ahead 8-4. CNU finished the first half with three consecutive goals in the final 4:45 to close within one at 8-7 at the break.

• It was more of the same in the third quarter for CNU, scoring two in the first 6:54 to take its first lead of the game at 9-8. Before the end of the third, York equalized, though, when Matt Whitcher scored his first of three goals to tie it back at 9-9. The goal from Whitcher also ignited a streak of five straight for the Green and White that took them from a 9-8 deficit to a 13-9 advantage late in the fourth quarter. At 9-9, both teams went scoreless for over five minutes to start the final period, but then Whitcher broke the deadlock with his second goal. Less than a minute later, Hannah had his fourth of the game to give York some breathing room. Pfeiffer fed Davis for a goal with 4:24 to play to put the game out of reach. Hannah, J.T. Kidd and Whitcher added goals before the final buzzer. That five-goal streak solidified a 15-11 win for the Spartans, who won their ninth in a row.

Spartan Leaders:

Dillon Hannah: 5 goals, 8 shots

Matt Whitcher: 3 goals, 5 shots, 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Thomas Pfeiffer: 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 shots

Hunter Davis: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Captain Leaders:

Matthew Crist: 3 goals, 4 shots, 5 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Will Stockhausen: 2 goals, 2 assists, 4 shots

Dylan Rice: 2 goals, 5 shots, 1 ground ball

Goalie Comparison:

Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 11 goals against, 7 saves (W, 13-1)

Scott McAneney (CNU): 60:00 minutes played, 15 goals against, 12 saves (L, 7-2)

Game Notes:

York is now 9-1 all-time against the Captains …  the Spartans have won the last five meetings with CNU … Dillon Hannah matched his career high of five goals in a game … he has scored five goals in a game four times now, with two of them coming against CNU, and two coming in the last three games … in the last three games, Hannah has 13 goals and two assists … York has now won nine games in a row, and haven't lost since March 7 … the Spartans remain the only undefeated team in the Capital Athletic Conference, at 5-0 … seven players now have over 25 points for the season, including Thomas Pfeiffer, who now has 60 on 36 goals and 24 assists … he finished with two goals and an assist against CNU.

Up Next:

York stays on the road to take on Frostburg St. on Wednesday in a Capital Athletic Conference battle. The Spartans are 6-1 all-time against FSU, and have won the last two meetings. First face off is set for 6 p.m.