#2 Spartans Head to #4 Amherst for Third Round NCAA Showdown

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team heads to Amherst, Massachusetts on Saturday for a NCAA Division III Sweet 16 game against the host Amherst College Mammoths. The Spartans advanced to the third round with a 15-7 win over Western New England on Wednesday afternoon at home. The Mammoths eared their way to Saturday with a 24-7 lambasting of Keene State.

York is ranked second in the USILA Coaches Poll while Amherst is ranked fourth.

 

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RECORDS

#2 York (Pa.): 18-2 (Schedule & Results)

#4 Amherst: 15-3 (Schedule & Results)

 

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Head Coach: Brandon Childs (7th Season), 101-35 (.741)

Spartan Offensive Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 82 points on 49 goals and 33 assists, 9 man-up goals, 34 ground balls

Hunter Davis: 58 points on 41 goals and 17 assists, 7 man-up goals, 40 ground balls

Jake Hvazda: 55 points on 33 goals and 22 assists, 29 ground balls

Matt Whitcher: 44 points on 30 goals and 11 assists, 54 ground balls, 22 caused turnovers

Spartan Defensive Leaders

J.D. Beck: 27 caused turnovers, 31 ground balls

Joey Fiorino: 20 caused turnovers, 34 ground balls, 2 goals, 1 assist

Kevin Witchey: 20 caused turnovers, 35 ground balls, 1 assist

Nick Roman: 69 ground balls, 15 caused turnovers

Spartans at the X

Billy Sasso: 209-for-326 (64.1%), 104 ground balls, 1 goal

J.T. Kidd: 62-for-90 (68.9%), 29 ground balls

Spartans In Goal

Landry Marshall: 20 games played/20 games started, 1,077:59 minutes played, 6.01 GAA, 108 GA, 124 saves, .534 save percentage, 18-2

 

SCOUTING THE MAMMOTHS

Head Coach: Jon Thompson (8th Season), 104-41 (.717)

Mammoths Offensive Leaders

Colin Minicus: 89 points on 43 goals and 46 assists, 3 man-up goals, 25 ground balls

Evan Wolf: 84 points on 53 goals and 31 assists, 4 man-up goals, 33 ground balls

Jon Coffey: 70 points on 56 goals and 14 assists, 46 ground balls

Matt Solberg: 70 points on 41 goals and 29 assists, 4 man-up goals, 22 ground balls

Trenton Shore: 29 points on 20 goals and 9 assists, 13 man-up goals, 18 ground balls

Mammoths Defensive Leaders

Tamer Sullivan: 24 caused turnovers, 28 ground balls

Jordan Sanford: 19 caused turnovers, 27 ground balls, 8 points on 6 goals and 2 assists

Reid Shilling: 18 caused turnovers, 20 ground balls

Jimmy McAfee: 64 ground balls, 8 caused turnovers

Mammoths at the X

Dylan Finazzo: 336-for-489 (.687), 148 ground balls, 4 goals, 1 assist

Drew Kelleher: 64-for-94 (.680), 45 ground balls, 3 goals, 1 assist

Mammoths In Goal

Chad Simons: 14 games, 10 games started, 611:23 minutes played, 11.97 GAA, 122 GA, 122 saves, .520 save percentage, 9-2

Cameron Mitchell: 12 games, 6 starts, 334:35 minutes played, 11.66 GAA, 65 GA, 63 saves, .492 save percentage, 3-1

 

TALE OF THE TAPE

Games: York 20, Amherst 18

Goals: York: 306, Amherst 348

Goals Per Game: 15.30, Amherst 19.33

Goals Against Average: York 6.35, Amherst 11.72

Assists: York 174, Amherst 230

Shots: York 862, Amherst 1,038

Shots per Game: York 43.1, Amherst 57.7

Man Up: York 26-for-77, Amherst 36-for-78

Man Up %: York .338, Amherst .462

Ground Balls: York 761, Amherst 722

Ground Balls per Game: York 38.1, Amherst 40.1

Turnovers: York 285, Amherst 316

Turnovers per Game: York 14.3, Amherst 17.6

Caused Turnovers: York 183, Amherst 179   

Caused Turnovers per Game: York 9.2, Amherst 9.9

Face Offs: York 309-for-488 (.633), Amherst 415-for-618 (.672)

Clears: York 348-for-389 (.895), Amherst 285-for-310 (91.9%)

 

SPARTANS AND MAMMOTHS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS (TOP 50)

Assists per Game

5. Colin Minicus (AC) – 3.07 apg

Goals Against Average

3. Landry Marshall (YCP) – 6.01 GAA

Face Off Winning Percentage

10. Dylan Finazzo (AC) – 68.7%

32. Billy Sasso (YCP) – 64.1%

Goals per Game

32. Evan Wolf (AC) – 3.12 gpg

34. Jon Coffey (AC) – 3.11 gpg

Ground Balls per Game

15. Dylan Finazzo (AC) – 8.22 gbpg

Man Up Goals

3. Trenton Shore (AC) - 13

23. Thomas Pfieffer (YCP) – 9

Points Per Game

7. Colin Minicus (AC) – 5.93 ppg

19. Evan Wolf (AC) – 4.94 ppg

Shooting Percentage

48. Jake Hvazda (YCP) – 44.6%

 

NCAA DIVISION III NATIONAL TEAM LEADERS (TOP 25)

Assists

3. Amherst - 230

11. York (Pa.) – 174

Assists Per Game

1. Amherst – 12.78 apg

20. York (Pa.) – 8.70 apg

Clearing Percentage

1. Amherst – 91.9%

7. York (Pa.) – 89.5%

Face Off Winning Percentage

9. Amherst – 67.2%

25. York (Pa.) – 63.3%

Ground Balls

5. York (Pa.) – 761

9. Amherst - 722

Ground Balls per Game

6. Amherst – 40.1 gbpg

17. York (Pa.) – 38.5 gbpg

Man Up Offense

6. Amherst – 46.2%

Points Per Game

2. Amherst – 32.1 ppg

15. York (Pa.) – 24.0 ppg

Scoring Defense

6. York (Pa.) – 6.35 gapg

Scoring Margin

7. York (Pa.) – 8.95 gpg

11. Amherst – 7.6 gpg

Scoring Offense

2. Amherst – 19.3 gpg

14. York (Pa.) – 15.30 gpg

Shooting Percentage

8. York (Pa.) – 35.5%

19. Amherst – 33.5%

Turnovers per Game

15. York (Pa.) – 14.3 tpg

Winning Percentage

5. York (Pa.) – 90.0%

19. Amherst – 83.3%

 

VERSUS THE FIELD

York is 8-2 vs. teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Field

1-1 vs. Salisbury

1-0 vs. Washington & Lee

1-0 vs. Eastern

1-0 vs. Lynchburg

0-1 vs. Gettysburg

1-0 vs. Stevenson

1-0 vs. Elizabethtown

1-0 vs. Christopher Newport

1-0 vs. Western New England

 

Amherst is 5-2 vs. teams in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Field

1-0 vs. Western New England

0-1 vs. RIT

1-0 vs. Denison

1-1 vs. Tufts

1-0 vs. Keene St.

0-1 vs. Wesleyan (Conn.)

1-0 vs. Springfield

 

SPARTANS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

The Spartans are making their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance … York has qualified for the tournament in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 … York is 5-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … York is facing Amherst for the first time in men's lacrosse and the first time in the NCAA tournament … York has never played the same team more than once in the NCAA Tournament as they have faced eight different opponents … York has advanced to the Sweet 16 twice … York is playing just their second NCAA road game in school history as their seven other NCAA games have all been played at Kinsley Field … York has advanced to the Elite Eight (National Quarterfinals) once (2016) … York set a new school record for an NCAA Tournament game with their 15 goals in the second round win over Western New England.

 

AMHERST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

Amherst is making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance … Amherst has made the tournament in five straight seasons … the Mammoths are 9-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … Amherst has made three straight Elite Eight appearances.

 

SPARTAN NOTES

The Spartans had a school-record 13 game win streak from March 10 (vs. Susquehanna) to May 1 (vs. Frostburg State) … York went 8-0 on the road in 2018 and 1-0 at neutral sites … York's two losses came at Kinsley Field where they ended the campaign 9-2 … York had one common opponent with Amherst as the Mammoths beat Western New England 19-10 at Amherst on March 6 … York has tied the school record for wins in a season with 18 (18-4 in 2016) … York has registered double digit wins in each of the last six years … York placed a school-record nine players on the All-Capital Athletic Conference teams including head coach Brandon Childs earning the league's Coach of the Year award for the third time in his Spartan tenure … Dillon Hannah, Thomas Pfeiffer and Nick Roman earned All-CAC honors for the first time in their careers, joining Joey Fiorino, Landry Marshall, Billy Sasso and Matt Whitcher on the first team, while J.D. Beck and Hunter Davis garnered second-team distinction honors for the Spartans … the Spartans and Mammoths have never met in a men's lacrosse contest … York has never played a NESCAC team in the 19 year history of the program … head coach Brandon Childs earned his 100th career York College win in the CAC semifinal victory over Frostburg State … the York College men's lacrosse program now has 173 victories in 18 seasons with Childs owning 101 of those wins … senior goalie Landry Marshall broke the single-season record for goalie wins as he notched his 18th victory of the year in the win over Western New England … junior Thomas Pfeiffer tied the single season school record for points in a season with Brendan McGrath at 82 points … Pfeiffer's 49 goals ranks fifth on the single season list while his 33 assists are third all-time … Pfeiffer now has 173 career points which ranks him fourth on the all-time list.

 

DON'T THINK WE'LL SEE JIM CANTORE

The forecast for Amherst on Saturday is for a 49 degree real feel with a 71% chance of showers followed by patchy fog in the afternoon. There is a 65% chance of rain at 4:00 pm, time of the first face off. The probability of rain diminishes during the remainder of the afternoon.

 

WHAT THE WINNER GETS

The winner of the game will face the winner of the RIT – Stevens Institute game in the Elite Eight on Wednesday, May 16 at the higher seed.

 

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