#3 Spartans Knock Off #1 Salisbury, Clinch Top Seed in CAC Tournament

Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

SALISBURY, MD – The third-ranked York College men's lacrosse got four goals from senior Hunter Davis to knock off previously unbeaten and #1 Salisbury University 11-9 in a Capital Athletic Conference showdown in Salisbury, Maryland on Wednesday evening. The Spartans clinch at least a tie for the regular season CAC championship as well as locking up the number one seed in the upcoming CAC Tournament. York will have a first round bye in the quarterfinal round on April 27.

 

Game #15

Records: #3 York (Pa.) 14-1 (5-0 CAC), #1 Salisbury 14-1 (4-1 CAC)

Final Score: York 11, SAL 9

Shots: York 33, SAL 35

Shots on Goal: York 21, SAL 18

Ground Balls: York 25, SAL 34

Face Off Wins: York 7, SAL 17

Clears: York 16-of-24, SAL 18-of-23

Saves: York 9, SAL 10

Turnovers: York 16, SAL 20

Penalties: York 2-for-2:00, SAL 3-for-2:30

Extra Man: York 1-for-3, SAL 1-for-2

 

How It Happened

• The Sea Gulls opened the scoring in the first period as they took advantage of a Spartan penalty to convert a man up goal. Corey Gwin had the goal as the Sea Gulls scored 4:14 into the game. The Spartans responded with a pair of goals as Gunnar Reynolds and Hunter Davis scored 40 seconds apart to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead. It wouldn't take long for the Gulls to tie the game as Josh Melton scored 45 seconds after the Davis goal to knot the game at two. York got the final say in the first quarter as York capitalized on a man up chance. Davis found Thomas Pfeiffer for the extra-man goal with 1:10 left in the quarter.

• The Sea Gulls tied the game for a final time to start the second quarter as Zach Pompea notched an unassisted tally with 11:26 left in the half. The Spartans then ripped off a game-changing 4-0 spurt that gave York a 7-3 lead midway through the quarter. Davis scored the first two goals on the run while freshman Eben Ordakowski scored the other two to put the Spartans in control. Melton ended the Spartan run with a goal at the 4:51 mark of the quarter. Pfeiffer closed out the first half scoring with his second goal of the game off another pass from Davis as York took an 8-4 lead to the break.

• Salisbury was able to slow the Spartans in the third quarter, a quarter that the Spartans have dominated all year. The Sea Gulls outscored York 3-1 as Melton scored twice, cutting the York lead to 9-7 heading to the fourth quarter. The Sea Gulls held an 11-5 edge in shots but Jack Michael registered three saves to keep the damage to a minimum.

• The Spartans had to weather the storm in the fourth quarter as the Gulls continued to pressure the York defense. Davis managed to score the first goal of the quarter with 12:17 left in the game to put York up 10-7. Salisbury responded with a Ferrara goal 43 seconds later as the Gulls were again within two goals. Ordakowski found the back of the cage for the third time in the game with 7:07 left to put York back up by three. Pierre Armstrong notched the final goal of the game with 3:12 remaining. Michael had a strong fourth quarter as he notched five saves as Salisbury again outshot York, this time 11-6, in the fourth quarter.  

 

Spartan Leaders

Hunter Davis: 4 goals, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnover

Eben Ordakowski: 3 goals, 1 caused turnover

Thomas Pfeiffer: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Brad Casale: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Gunnar Reynolds: 1 goal

Nick Roman: 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

 

Sea Gull Leaders

Josh Melton: 4 goals, 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Cross Ferrara: 2 goals

Zach Pompea: 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 ground balls

Brett Malamphy: 17-for-24 at the X, 8 ground balls

Kevin Murphy: 5 ground balls

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 9 goals against, 9 saves (Win, 14-1)

Brandon Warren (SAL): 22:54 minutes played, 7 goals against, 3 saves (Loss,

T.J. Ellis (SAL): 37:06 minutes played, 4 goals against, 7 saves

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans picked up their third win all-time against the Sea Gulls and two of those wins have come at Salisbury … York has won two of the last three games against the Sea Gulls … the Spartans extend their win streak to a season-high eight games … the Spartans scored in double figures for the 14th time in 15 games … the Spartans four assists tied a season-low … the Spartans' 33 shots were also a season-low … York scored at least one man-up goal in the sixth straight game … York's 25 ground balls were their second lowest total of the season (17 vs. RIT) … York lost the battle at the X for just the third time this year … the seven wins at the X were a season-low for the Green and White … York lost the battle of the ground balls for just the third time this year … York won the turnover battle for the eighth time this year … senior Hunter Davis moved into third place in career goals as he passed former Spartan standout Andrew Gamble with 152 goals … Davis now trails teammate Thomas Pfeiffer (153 goals) for second place on the career goals scored list … Davis is also eighth on the all-time assists list (61) and fourth on the points list with 213.

 

Up Next

The Spartans return home on Saturday afternoon to host the University of Mary Washington in their Capital Athletic Conference regular season finale. First face off is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field.  

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