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Wolf's Big Day and Strong Defense Carries #6 Spartans Past #8 Gettysburg

Dylan Wolf photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Dylan Wolf photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

GETTYSBURG, PA – The sixth ranked York College men's lacrosse team used a stifling defensive effort and received a career day from sophomore Dylan Wolf to earn a big 14-6 regional win over the eighth ranked Gettysburg College Bullets on a brutally cold day in Gettysburg. The Spartans remain unbeaten as they put together their most complete performance of the year in the victory.

 

Game #5

Records: #6 York (Pa.) 5-0, #8 Gettysburg 3-2

Final Score: York 14, Gettysburg 6

Shots: York 45, GC 38

Shots on Goal: York 26, GC 17

Ground Balls: York 34, GC 26

Face Off Wins: York 9, GC 14

Clears: York 20-for-23, GC 16-for-19

Saves: York 11, GC 12

Turnovers: York 13, GC 19

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

Extra Man: York 2-for-3, GC 1-for-2

 

How It Happened

• The Bullets were all over the Spartans to start the game as they fired off the first three shots of the game. The third shot found the back of the cage as Jack Harvey opened the scoring at the 13:32 mark. The Spartans responded in a big way with three straight goals as sophomore Dylan Wolf made a number of plays for the Spartans. Wolf started the run with an assist to Jake Hvazda on the Spartans' first goal. Wolf then had a second assist as he found Brad Casale who finished from 15 yards out to give the Spartans a 2-1 lead. Wolf then did the honors himself with his third goal of the year with 4:24 left in the quarter. Gettysburg bounced back with two goals in the last 2:45 of the quarter, tying the game at three heading to the second period of play.

• The Spartans gained control of the game in the second as they outscored their hosts 5-1. York got a pair of goals from Hunter Davis while Brendan McGrath, Thomas Pfeiffer, and Casale each added single tallies as the Spartans took a 12-5 lead to the break.

• The scoring pace slowed significantly in the third quarter as the York's two goals sandwiched the Bullets' one tally. Wolf continued his big day with a goal 13 seconds into the second half. Jack Fletcher scored for Gettysburg at the 10:54 mark while Hvazda closed out the scoring in the quarter with just 28 seconds left in the quarter.

• If there was any doubt about the final score, that doubt was removed by the Spartans' fourth quarter as they scored the first four goals of the period to push out to a 14-5 lead. Gettyburg closed out the scoring with a goal in the final minute of the contest.

 

Spartan Leaders

Dylan Wolf: 3 goals, 4 assists, 2 ground balls

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

Brad Casale: 2 goals, 1 assist

Jake Hvazda: 2 goals, 1 assist

Thomas Pfeiffer: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

J.D. Beck: 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Ryan Kennedy: 6 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

 

Bullet Leaders

Michael McCormick: 2 goals, 2 ground balls

Jack Harvey: 2 goals, 2 ground balls

Brian Kolen: 1 goal, 1 assist

Andrew Horn: 8 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Alex Ulrich: 14-for-23 at the X, 3 ground balls

Jackson Mumford: 2 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 59:04 minutes played, 6 goals against, 11 saves (Win, 5-0)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 0:56 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 saves

Scott MacMillan (GC): 60:00 minutes played, 14 goals against, 12 saves (Loss, 3-2)  

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans evened the all-time series against the Bullets at three wins each … the Spartans avenged their 8-6 loss to the Bullets at Kinsley Field last March … the Spartans are now 5-0 for the second time under head coach Brandon Childs … York last started the season 5-0 in 2016 and the fifth win that season was a 9-7 win over #5 Gettysburg … that 2016 Spartan squad started the campaign 7-0 … the eight goal margin of victory over the Bullets matches their highest in the series as York picked up a 16-8 win at #10 Gettysburg in 2017 … the Spartans converted 2-of-3 extra man chances and that's the second time this year they had multiple man-up tallies … for the third time this year, York reached double figures in assists in a game with the 10 they had in Wednesday's win … York has now scored in double figures in four straight games … York committed just 13 turnovers, their second-lowest total of the year … York went a season-worst 9-for-23 at the X in the win … York outscored the Bullets 6-2 in the second half and have outscored their five opponents 34-13 in the second half including 19-5 in the third quarter … freshman goalie Jack Michael continues to settle into the starting goalie role as he recorded his fourth game of double digit saves as he made 11 stops in the win while tying his career best by allowing just six goals … sophomore Dylan Wolf set a trio of career highs with his three goals, his four assist and his seven points … with Wolf's performance, the Spartans now have five players with double figures in points led by Thomas Pfeiffer and Hunter Davis with 20 points each followed by Brendan McGrath (18 points), Wolf (12 points) and Brad Casale (11 points) … sophomore Sean McQuade notched his first collegiate goal in the victory.

 

Up Next

The Spartans travel to Selinsgrove, PA on Saturday to face the Crusaders from Susquehanna in a non-conference contest. The first face off is scheduled for 1:00 pm. The game will be the second of a four-game road swing for the Spartans.