York Overcomes Slow Start to Glide Past Blue Jays

York Overcomes Slow Start to Glide Past Blue Jays

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – The Elizabethtown College Blue Jays got off to a great start in Wednesday's non-conference contest against the fifth ranked York College Spartans in Elizabethtown. While the Blue Jays got off to a great first quarter start, it was the Spartans' final three quarters that decided the game as York rolled to a 20-8 victory.

 

Records

#5 York: 3-0

Elizabethtown: 1-1

 

Game Statistics

Shots: York 45, Elizabethtown 23

Shots on Goal: York 29, Elizabethtown 11

Saves: York 3, Elizabethtown 9

Face Offs Won: York 26, Elizabethtown 6

Ground Balls: York 53, Elizabethtown 21

Turnovers: York 20, Elizabethtown 18

Caused Turnovers: York 9, Elizabethtown 9

Man Up: York 2-for-2, Elizabethtown 0-for-3

Penalties: York 3-for-2:30, Elizabethtown 2-for-1:30

 

How it Happened:

• The Blue Jays got off to a roaring start as they scored the first three goals of the game as the Spartans trailed 3-0 9:23 into the game. The Spartans finally got on the board with a Brendan McGrath goal with 2:02 remaining in the quarter.

• York's Thomas Pfeiffer cut the Blue Jay lead to one goal with his tally 2:58 into the second quarter. Cody Larkin pushed the Elizabethtown lead to 4-2 with an unassisted goal at the 10:17 mark of the second period. That's when the Spartan offense got cranked up. The Green and White scored five straight goals over the final 6:33 of the half to take a 7-4 lead. Hunter Davis scored twice while McGrath, Cameron Leech, and Dillon Hannah each tallied a goal to give York the three goal halftime lead.

• York kept it rolling in the third quarter as they opened the second half with four straight goals to push out to an 11-4 lead. Joseph Joseph, Davis, Matt Whitcher, and Billy Sasso each scored as the Spartans put a stranglehold on the game. The Blue Jays snapped the seven goal Spartan run with a Joe Clark goal at the 4:53 mark. However, York closed out the third with four more goals as McGrath scored twice in addition to goals from Hannah and Brad Casale as the Green and White led 15-5 after three quarters of play.

• York scored four of the first five goals as the lead grew to 19-6. The Blue Jays got a pair of goals in the final 3:36 that sandwiched a man up goal from Davis to provide for the final margin of victory.

 

Spartan Leaders:

Brendan McGrath: 7 points on 5 goals and 2 assists

Hunter Davis: 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Thomas Pfeiffer: 5 points on 1 goal and 4 assists, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Dillon Hannah: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Brett Altenburg: 2 goals

Cameron Leech: 3 points on 1 goal and 2 assists, 3 ground balls

Billy Sasso: 14-for-18 at the X, 8 ground balls, 1 goal, 1 caused turnover

Ryan Powers: 12-for-14 at the X, 11 ground balls

Joey Fiorino: 5 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

 

Blue Jay Leaders:

Jason Clough: 3 points on 2 goals and 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Joe Clark: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Phil Kyger: 2 goals, 2 ground balls

 

Goalie Comparision:

Landry Marshall (YCP): 45:00 minutes, 5 goals against, 2 saves (Win, 3-0)

Jake White (YCP): 15:00 minutes, 3 goals against, 1 save

Jack Myers (EC): 45:00 minutes, 15 goals against, 6 saves (Loss, 1-1)

Trey Yetter (EC): 5:11 minutes, 1 goal against, 1 save

Brandon Calle (EC): 9:49 minutes, 4 goals against, 2 saves

 

Spartan Notes:

The Spartans are now ranked fifth in the country according to the USILA/Nike Coaches Poll … York is now 2-1 all-time against the Blue Jays as York has won two straight in the series … York has been outscored 10-5 in the first quarter this season but the Spartans have outscored their opponents 40-15 over the final three quarters of the game … York outscored Elizabethtown 6-1 in the second and 8-1 in the third … Brendan McGrath leads the Spartans with 16 points on 10 goals and six assists … Thomas Pfeiffer (14 points) and Hunter Davis (10) points are the other Spartans in double figures through three games … York has had 14 players score at least one goal so far in 2017 … York is winning 69.2% of their chances at the X as Billy Sasso is 38-for-57 (66.7%) while Ryan Powers is 16-for-21 (76.2%) during the year … Sasso leads the squad with 26 ground balls … York has been excellent on the man-up as they are now 8-for-14 (57.1%) on the man-up advantage while they have held opponents to 2-for-11 (18.2%) on the extra man … sophomore Hunter Davis tied his career high with five points on four goals and one assist … Davis' four goals tied his career high which he set at Eastern last year and earlier this year against W&L.

 

He Said It

"We didn't get off to a great start," said head coach Brandon Childs. "We had way too many turnovers early but once we got settled in, we were pretty good. Our face off play was great again which allowed us to play make it, take it."

 

Up Next

The Spartans return to action on Saturday, February 25 when they host Aurora University in a non-conference contest at Kinsley Field. First face off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.

Billy Sasso photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

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