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Pfeiffer's Seven Points Powers Spartans Past McDaniel on Saturday

Thomas Pfeiffer photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Thomas Pfeiffer photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

WESTMINSTER, MD – The York College men's lacrosse team took to the road for the first time this year and came home with a 14-8 win at McDaniel College on Saturday. The Spartans, who are ranked seventh in the most recent USILA Poll, improve to 3-0 with the win.


Game #3

Records: #7 York (Pa.) 3-0, McDaniel (0-2)

Final Score: York 14, McDaniel 8

Shots: York 54, McDaniel 25

Shots on Goal: York 22, McDaniel 17

Ground Balls: York 26, McDaniel 15

Face Off Wins: York 17, McDaniel 9

Clears: York 10-for-11, McDaniel 14-for-20

Saves: York 9, McDaniel 18

Turnovers: York 11, McDaniel 21

Penalties: York 3-for-2:00, McDaniel 1-for-0:30


How It Happened

• The Spartans trailed early as Noah Longest opened the scoring in the game for the Green Terror as he scored 2:04 into the contest. The Spartans responded with three straight goals to close out the first quarter. Thomas Pfeiffer scored twice followed by a Brad Casale goal as York led 3-1 after 15 minutes of play.

• The second quarter was full of offense as each team scored four goals in the period. McDaniel scored three of the first four goals of the quarter to tie the game at four midway through the period. The Green and White answered with three of the next four goals as Pfeiffer started the run while Brendan McGrath finished with two goals of his own to put York up 7-5 heading to the break.

• York pulled away in the third quarter as the Green and White outscored the Green Terror 4-1 to take control of the contest. The Spartans got goals from Casale, Gunnar Reynolds, and two more from McGrath.

• The Spartans outscored McDaniel 3-2 in the final period to cruise to the six-goal win. Reynolds, Noah Bruno, and Pfeiffer.


Spartan Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 4 goals, 3 assists, 5 shots on goal

Brendan McGrath: 4 goals, 1 caused turnover

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

Gunnar Reynolds: 2 goals

Billy Sasso: 15-for-22 at the X, 12 ground balls

Kevin Witchey: 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 2 caused turnovers


McDaniel Leaders

Joey Conklin: 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Micah Brooks: 3 goals

Aaron Pray: 7-for-22 at the X, 2 ground balls

Jackson Reilly: 2 assists, 1 caused turnover


Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 53:55 minutes played, 7 goals against, 5 saves (Win, 3-0)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 6:05 minutes played, 1 goal against, 4 saves

Jakob Katzen (McD): 52:49 minutes played, 10 goals against, 17 saves (Loss, 0-2)

Casey Hammond (McD): 7:11 minutes played, 4 goals against, 1 save


Game Notes:

York improves to 6-3 all-time against the Green Terror … York has won six straight in the series against McDaniel …  the Spartans have dominated the third quarter this year as they have outscored their three opponents 15-3 … the Spartans committed a season-low 11 turnovers … York entered the game having committed an average of 24 miscues per game … the Spartans are averaging 16 goals per game in their last two contests after being held to seven in their season opening win at home against Washington & Lee … the Spartans have fired off 109 shots in their last two games with 65 of those shots being on target … York had a season-low 26 ground balls and a season-low nine caused turnovers … York own 17-of-26 face offs and are now winning face offs at 61.1% for the year … senior Thomas Pfeiffer set a season-high with seven points on four goals and three assists … senior Brendan McGrath followed up his seven goal game against Eastern with a four goal effort against McDaniel … McGrath leads the team with 15 points on 13 goals and two assists while Pfeiffer is second with 14 points on eight goals and six assists … Hunter Davis is the third Spartan in double figures with 12 points on six goals and six assists … the Spartans have registered assists on 30 of their 39 goals for the year … senior Billy Sasso continues to be lights out at the X as he has won 39-of-59 face offs this year while he also scooped up 22 ground balls in three games .


Up Next

The Spartans return to the field on Saturday, March 2 when the Green and White hosts Lynchburg in an important regional contest. First face off is set for 1:00 pm at Kinsley Field.