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Spartan Men's Lacrosse Cruises to Sixth Straight Win

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

SELINSGROVE, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team remained perfect on the season as they downed Susquehanna 12-4 in a non-conference contest Saturday afternoon in Selinsgrove, PA. The sixth ranked Spartans improve to 6-0 with the win as the defense has been outstanding the last two games, allowing a combined 10 goals in 120 minutes of action.


Game #6

Records: #6 York {Pa.) 6-0, Susquehanna 3-3

Final Score: York 12, SU 4

Shots: York 52, SU 26

Shots on Goal: York 20, SU 11

Ground Balls: York 35, SU 29

Face Off Wins: York 14, SU 6

Clears: York 24-for-26, SU 20-for-27

Saves: York 7, SU 11

Turnovers: York 18, SU 26

Penalties: York 4-for-3:00, SU 1-for-1:00

Man-Up: York 0-for-1, SU 1-for-4


How It Happened

• The Spartans struck opened the scoring 1:17 into the game as Brendan McGrath scored off a pass from fellow senior Thomas Pfeiffer to give York the early advantage. Jake Hvazda made it 2-0 with 8:03 left in the period with his fourth goal of the year. The River Hawks got a Jack Donnelly man-up goal to slice the Spartan lead in half. Hunter Davis closed out the first quarter scoring with a goal 39 seconds after the Donnelly score to give York a 3-1 lead at the quarter break.

• York blew the game wide open in the second period as the defense shut Susquehanna out while the offense went to work and put six goals on the board to push the lead to 9-1. Davis scored three of the Spartans' six goals in the period while McGrath had a pair and Pfeiffer had the other during the explosive second quarter. York outshot Susquehanna 16-5 in the quarter while York also forced seven River Hawk turnovers.

• Susquehanna halted the Spartan run with a pair of third quarter goals before Brendan O'Sullivan scored for the Spartans with 4:44 left in the third.

• York scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter as Ethan Locker and Wyatt Barnett each got their first goals of the year for the Green and White. Preston Ouellette got the final goal of the game to provide for York's final eight goal margin of victory.


Spartan Leaders

Hunter Davis: 4 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Brendan McGrath: 3 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls

Billy Sasso: 10-for-14 at the X, 4 ground balls

Tyler Nation: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

J.T. Kidd: 4-for-6 at the X, 1 ground ball

Thomas Pfeiffer: 1 goal, 2 assists


River Hawk Leaders

Preston Ouellette: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Jack Donnelly: 1 goal

Lou Pillari: 1 goal, 1 ground ball

Dan Murphy: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover


Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 45:00 minutes played, 3 goals against, 4 saves (Win, 6-0)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 11:46 minutes played, 1 goal against, 2 saves

Finn Campbell (YCP): 3:14 minutes played, 0 goals against, 1 save

Dylan Abplanalp (SU): 30:00 minutes played, 9 goals against, 5 saves (Loss, 3-3)

Tyler Gross (SU): 21:58 minutes played, 3 goals against, 6 saves

Josh Weaver (SU): 8:02 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 savs


Game Notes:

York improves to 7-1 all-time against Susquehanna as York has won five straight against the River Hawks … the Spartans reached double figures in goals in their fifth straight game … York recorded 52 shots, the third this year they have fired off at least 50 shots in a game … York put just 23 of their 52 shots on goal for a season low accuracy mark of 44.2% … York did not score a man-up goal for the third time this year … York tied a season-high with 12 caused turnover, a mark they have reached three times this year … the Spartans won 14-of-20 at the X … York had just two failed clears in the game, their second best percentage of the year … the Spartan defense held Susquehanna to just four goals, the best defensive effort of the year … York has held five of their six opponents to single digits in scoring … York has now outscored their six opponents 24-13 in the second quarter and 20-7 in the third quarter of games … the Spartans are winning 59.3% of their face offs (83-of-140) … Brendan O'Sullivan, Ethan Locker and Wyatt Barnett each scored their first goals of the year for the Green and White … with his five points in the win, senior Hunter Davis now leads the team in scoring with 25 points on 14 goals and 11 assists while fellow seniors Brendan McGrath and Thomas Pfeiffer are tied for second with 23 points each … McGrath has a team-leading 19 goals and four assists while Pfeiffer has 14 goals and nine assists … freshman Jack Michael has allowed just nine goals in his last 104:04 of action while he has registered 15 saves … overall, the freshman has a goals against average of 7.20 while he owns a save percentage of 56%.


Up Next

The Spartans returns to action on Friday evening as they face #3 RIT in the opening round of the Green Turtle Classic at Stevenson University. The match is slated for a 6:15 start on Friday, March 15 in Owings Mills, Maryland.