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#7 Spartans Edge #12 Generals in Season Opener in York

Brendan McGrath photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Brendan McGrath photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The seventh-ranked York College men's lacrosse team used a three-goal third quarter to outlast #12 Washington & Lee 7-6 in an exciting season opener at a chilly Kinsley Field at York College on Saturday.


Game #1

Records: #7 York (Pa.) 1-0, #12 Washington & Lee 0-1

Final Score: York 7, Washington & Lee 6

Shots: York 38, W&L 31

Shots on Goal: York 23, W&L 16

Ground Balls: York 34, W&L 36

Face Off Wins: York 9, W&L 8

Clears: York 21-for-29, W&L 18-for-20

Saves: York 10, W&L 16

Turnovers: York 25, W&L 25

Penalties: York 0-for-0, W&L 3-for-1:30


How It Happened

• The Spartans opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game as senior All-American Thomas Pfeiffer scored his first goal of the year. The Generals tied the game with just under five minutes left as Robert Cooleen took a Nick Anders pass and slid a shot past Spartan freshman Jack Michael, knotting the game at one. York wasted little time in recapturing the lead on an early leader for goal of the year as Hunter Davis drilled a behind-the-back shot off a Dylan Wolf pass, putting the Green and White up 2-1. The Generals tied the game with just two seconds left in the quarter on a Spartan turnover as A.J. Witherell scored off an Anders pass, knotting the game at two.

• The squad traded goals in a 1:05 segment early in the second quarter. Gunnar Reynolds scored for York at the 10:53 mark while Thomas Zusi scored for the Generals at the 9:48 mark. York's Brendan McGrath notched his first goal of the year with 6:01 left in the half as the Spartans took the one goal lead. W&L's Ben Mulholland tied the game for the fourth time as he scored with 3:53 left in the quarter. The teams would head to the break tied as the statistics were as close as the score. York outshot W&L 24-22 in the first half while they also held a 22-15 edge in ground balls.

• The Generals opened the scoring in the second half with a Taylor Witherell goal 3:09 into the third quarter, giving W&L their first lead of the game. The Spartans answered with three straight goals to seize control of the game. Brad Casale tied the game with 10:39 left in the quarter. Davis struck for his second goal for the go-ahead goal at the 7:37 mark. McGrath recorded his second goal of the game off a pass from fellow senior Pfeiffer with just 31 seconds left in the quarter. The two goal lead was the largest of the game for either squad.

• The Generals cut the Spartan lead to one with a Taylor Witherell goal with 9:48 left in regulation. The Spartan defense held the Generals to just four shots over the final 15 minutes while W&L goalie Jack Taylor kept the Spartans scoreless in the fourth quarter with four saves.


Spartan Leaders

Hunter Davis: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Brendan McGrath: 2 goals

Thomas Pfeiffer: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Gunnar Reynolds: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

J.D. Beck: 5 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Ryan Kennedy: 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Billy Sasso: 9-for-17 at the X, 4 ground balls


Washington & Lee Leaders

Taylor Witherell: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Ben Mullholland: 1 goal, 1 assist

Nick Anders: 2 assists

Paul Callahan: 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

John Broderick: 4 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball


Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 6 goals against, 10 saves (Win, 1-0)

Jack Taylor (WL): 60:00 minutes played, 7 goals against, 16 saves (Loss, 0-1)


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 7-1 in season openers under head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans now hold a 4-3 all-time lead against the Generals as York has won four straight in the series including the last three season openers … York is now 12-8 all-time in season openers during the 20-year history of the program … York is 7-0 in season-openers at home … Childs improves to 104-36 as he starts his eighth year at the helm of the Spartan squad … freshman Jack Michael made his collegiate debut in goal with a win and ten saves for the Green and White … Michael replaces two-year starter Landry Marshall who won 36 games in two year as a Spartan starter … the game was a sloppy one indicative of a season-opener as both squads had 25 turnovers in the game … after 24 shots in the first half, the Spartans squeezed off just a combined 14 shots in the second half … York was 0-for-3 on the man-up while the Spartans were not whistled for a penalty in the game.


Up Next

The Spartans return to action next Saturday when they host Eastern University in a non-conference contest. Face off is scheduled for 12:00 pm at Kinsley Field.