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Win Streak Grows to Five for #2 Spartans

Brad Casale photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Brad Casale photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse squad kept rolling on a cold, misty Wednesday night in York as the Spartans downed Elizabethtown College 13-5 in non-conference play. The Spartans have now won five in a row, outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 79-25 during the run.


Game #10

Records: #2 York 9-1, Elizabethtown 3-5

Final Score: York 13, Elizabethtown 5

Shots: York 54, Elizabethtown 20

Shots on Goal: York 40, Elizabethtown 11

Ground Balls: York 48, Elizabethtown 22

Face Off Wins: York 14, Elizabethtown 7

Clears: York 24-for-25, Elizabethtown 18-for-31

Saves: York 6, Elizabethtown 27

Turnovers: York 11, Elizabethtown 27

Penalties: York 4-for-3:30, Elizabethtown 4-for-2:00


How It Happened

• The Spartans got off to another strong start as junior Hunter Davis found the back of the cage exactly five minutes into the game. York made it 2-0 a mere 41 seconds later as Brad Casale scored off a pass from Dylan Wolf for his eighth goal of the year. Davis beat the clock at the end of the quarter as he notched an unassisted goal just before the horn, pushing York's lead to 3-0 after one quarter of play.

• The York offense kept rolling in the second quarter as the Spartans found the back of the cage four more times. Senior captain Matt Whitcher scored his 15th goal of the year 51 seconds into the stanza. Senior Ryan Cook, the CAC Offensive Player of the Week after the win over Salisbury, notched an unassisted goal at the 9:04 mark of the quarter. Casale recorded his second goal of the night with 4:57 left in the half and Whitcher closed out the first half scoring with his second goal of the game at the 2:02 mark.

• The Spartan offense kept rolling in the second half. Senior Dillon Hannah broke into the scoring column to start the third quarter as he recorded a goal 4:37 into the quarter to make it 8-0. Whitcher recorded his third goal of the game midway through the third as he ripped an overhand shot off a pass from Jake Hvazda. Hvazda then made it 10-0 a brilliant cut down in front of the crease as Thomas Pfeiffer found Hvazda for the easy finish on the front doorstep.

• Elizabethtown long pole defender Griffin Liebsch broke up the shutout with a hard underhand shot with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, getting the Blue Jays on the board.

• York scored a pair to open the fourth quarter including a man-up goal from Davis. Wolf followed up with his first goal of the game with 12:51 left in the game. The Blue Jays got goals from Alex Filbert and Austin Dews, cutting the York lead to 12-3. Freshman Tyler Nation then got his first career goal with 4:15 left in the game. The Blue Jays tallied a pair of goals in the final 3:30 to close out the scoring.


Spartan Leaders

Matt Whitcher: 3 goals, 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Brad Casale: 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls

Hunter Davis: 3 goals, 5 ground balls

Jake Hvazda: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls

Billy Sasso: 12-for-18 at the X, 8 ground balls

J.D. Beck: 4 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls


Elizabethtown Leaders

Alex Filbert: 2 goals, 1 assist

Griffin Liebsch: 1 goal, 2-for-6 at the X, 3 ground balls

Jeremy Klipple: 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers


Goalie Comparison

Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 5 goals against, 6 saves (Win, 9-1)

Tom Mahoney (EC): 60:00 minutes played, 13 goals against, 27 saves (Loss, 0-2)


Game Notes:

The Spartans improve to 3-1 all-time against the Blue Jays as they have won three straight in the series … York remains ranked second in the nation … the Spartans fired off a season-high 54 shots in the win while their 40 shots on goal were also a season-high … York scooped up a season-high 48 ground balls … Elizabethtown committed a season-high 27 turnovers as then went just 18-for-31 in the clear … York notched a season-high 13 caused turnovers … the five goals were a season-low for the Blue Jays … the 11 shots on goal were a season-low for Elizabethtown … the win was the first under the new lights at Kinsley Field for the Spartans … senior Matt Whitcher now has four multi-goal games this year and has scored at least one goal in all but two games this year … junior Hunter Davis has now scored a goal in all nine games he has played in this year … Davis has scored nine goals in his last three games … Davis scooped up a season-high five ground balls in the win, one short of his career high set as a sophomore against Mary Washington … junior J.D. Beck led the Spartans with a career-high four caused turnovers in the win … sophomore Brad Casale set a new career standard with three points on a pair of goals and an assist.


Up Next

The Spartans are now off until Wednesday, April 4 when they head to Wesley College to face the Wolverines in a Capital Athletic Conference contest. First face off is scheduled for 7:00 pm in Dover, Delaware.