Record Campaign Comes to a Close for #2 Spartans at #1 RIT

Matt Whitcher photo courtesy of Sam Casale
Matt Whitcher photo courtesy of Sam Casale

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The second ranked York College men's lacrosse team saw their history 2018 season come to an end with a 12-7 loss to top ranked RIT on Wednesday evening in the Division III Quarterfinals. The Spartans conclude the campaign with a school record 19 wins, a Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship, and their second Elite Eight game appearance.

RIT remains as the lone unbeaten team in Division III as they advance to the Final Four with a perfect mark of 21-0. They will host Wesleyan (Conn.) in Sunday's national semifinals.


Game #22

Records: #2 York 19-3, #1 RIT 21-0

Final Score: York 7, RIT 12

Shots: York 21, RIT 43

Shots on Goal: York 18, RIT 29

Ground Balls: York 15, RIT 31

Face Offs Won: York 6, RIT 16

Clears: York 12-for-16, RIT 15-for-16

Saves: York 17, RIT 11

Turnovers: York 12, RIT 11

Extra Man: York 2-for-3, RIT 1-for-6


How It Happened:

• The top ranked Tigers opened the scoring less than four minutes into the contest as Jay Vakiener scored off a Ryan Tandy pass, putting RIT on top early. The Tigers made it 2-0 after Walker Hare saved a Brad Casale shot and RIT went right down the field with Ben Tackett picking up the goal. RIT made it 3-0 just under 40 seconds later as they won the face off and then got a Shawn Nally goal as the Spartans were back on their heels.

• The Tigers got a man-up goal from Kyle Killen with 6:12 left in the quarter. The goal was assisted by Ryan Barnable. York won the ensuing face off but Hare made another save and the Tigers scored on their next possession, pushing their lead to 5-0. York forced a turnover and the Tigers got whistled for an illegal body check, giving York a man-up opportunity. Hare made another save and the Tigers had a lengthy possession that resulted in a second Killen goal with just nine seconds left in the quarter, increasing RIT's lead to 6-0 after one quarter of play.

• Spartan senior goalie Landry Marshall made six saves in the first five minutes of the second quarter to keep the Green and White in the game. Despite Marshall's efforts, Killen notched his third goal of the game at the 9:51 mark, pushing the RIT lead to 7-0. The Spartans finally got on the board as Jake Hvazda caused Hare to turn the ball over and Hvazda converted the miscue into a goal at the 8:17 mark. York made it 7-2 with 24 seconds left in the half as Hunter Davis scored off a pass from Ryan Cook as the Spartans faced a five goal deficit at the half.

• York opened the third quarter scoring with a Gunnar Reynolds goal, 3:17 into the period as the Spartans trailed 7-3. RIT answered with goals from Aidan Milburn and Quinn Commandant less than a minute apart as the lead was back at six at 9-3. York's Thomas Pfeiffer recorded a man-up goal with 4:13 left in the third followed by a Dillon Hannah tally as York cut the lead back to four at 9-5 with 1:29 left in the third.

• York scored their third straight goal as Matt Whitcher notched an unassisted goal with 11:33 left in the game as the RIT lead was cut to 9-6. Milburn and Killen got back-to-back goals, pushing the Tiger lead back to five with just under eight minutes left in regulation.

• Hannah scored the Spartans' final goal of the year with 6:11 left in regulation and Killen scored his fifth goal of the night and his 84th of the year with 2:04 to provide for the final score.


Spartan Leaders

Dillon Hannah: 2 goals

Jake Hvazda: 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Thomas Pfeiffer: 1 goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Hunter Davis: 1 goal

Matt Whitcher: 1 goal, 1 ground ball

Joey Fiorino: 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover


Tiger Leaders

Kyle Killen: 5 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Aiden Milburn: 2 goals, 1 assist

Ben Tackett: 1 goal, 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Nate Farrell: 16-for-22 at the X, 6 ground balls


Goalie Comparison

Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 17 saves, 12 goals against (Loss, 19-3)

Walker Hare (RIT): 60:00 minutes played, 11 saves, 7 goals against (Win, 21-0)


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 0-2 all-time against RIT … York is 0-2 in the national quarterfinals having lost to Gettysburg in overtime in their last Elite Eight game … the Spartans concluded their campaign with a school record 19 wins, breaking the previous record of 18 which was set in 2016 … York is now 6-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament including 1-2 on the road in the tournament … RIT is now 27-19 all-time in the NCAA Tournament … RIT is now 5-3 in the Elite Eight … York was held under double figures in goals for just the fourth time this year and York was 1-3 in those games … York was held to a season-low 21 shots … York's 15 ground balls were a season-low by nine ground balls (24 @ Amherst) … all three of York's losses have come to teams inside the top 10 (#5 Gettysburg, #7 Salisbury, and #1 RIT) … RIT entered the game as the top man-up unit in the country at 61.3% but York held the Tigers to just 1-for-6 in man-up situations in the game … RIT's Kyle Killen recorded his 21st man up goal which leads all of Division III … senior goalie Landry Marshall concluded his Spartan career with a career-high tying 17 saves in the loss … Marshall finished with a school record 19 wins in 2018 and 36 career wins in his two years as the Spartan starter in net … Marshall finished with a school-record goals against average of 6.95 while his save percentage of .549 is third all-time … York finished the campaign with a record of 6-3 against teams in the USILA top 20 at the time of their game with the Spartans.


Up Next:

The loss ends the most successful season in Spartan history and also the careers of the most successful class in Spartan history. The senior class composed of Joey Fiorino, Matt Whitcher, Landry Marshall, Dillon Hannah, Ryan Cook, Dylan Bodo, Billy Busche, and Evan Godlewski concluded their career with a four-year record of 64-20. That breaks the previous record of 61 held by the class of 2017.