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Strong First Half Carries #6 Spartans Past #5 Cabrini in Top Ten Battle

Billy Sasso photo courtesy of Scott Guise
Billy Sasso photo courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team used a dominating first half to race past #5 Cabrini University 11-7 in a match-up of nationally ranked programs on Friday night in York. The Spartans picked up their fifth win against a nationally ranked opponent for the year and first win against a higher ranked team.


Game #9

Records: #6 York (Pa.) 8-1, #5 Cabrini 7-1

Final Score: York 11, Cabrini 7

Shots: York 44, Cabrini 38

Shots on Goal: York 24, Cabrini 20

Ground Balls: York 36, Cabrini 27

Face Off Wins: York 18, Cabrini 3

Clears: York 11-of-16, Cabrini 14-for-19

Saves: York 13, Cabrini 13

Turnovers: York 17, Cabrini 13

Penalties: York 5-for-4:00, Cabrini 3-for-2:30

Man-Up: York 0-for-3, Cabrini 2-for-5

Caused Turnovers: York 7, Cabrini 9


How It Happened

• After a scoreless five minutes to start the game, the Green and White opened the scoring as senior Thomas Pfeiffer scored a transition goal after a Cabrini turnover with 9:29 left in the quarter. York got their second goal of the game less than five minutes later as defender J.D. Beck caused a turnover and grabbed a ground ball to get the offense into transition. Gunnar Reynolds finished the break off a pass from Jake Hvazda to give York the two-goal lead. The Green and White made it 3-0 with a Hunter Davis goal off a pass from Hvazda with 1:31 left in the quarter.

• The opening nine minutes of the second quarters saw both goalies play well in keeping the offenses at bay. Spartan freshman Jack Michael was particularly dynamic as he notched five saves to keep the Cavaliers off the board. While Michael was playing magician in goal, the Spartan offense got going in the final five plus minutes of the quarter. With 5:05 left before the half, Brad Casale got a goal to put the Spartans up 4-0. Freshman Eben Ordakowski made it 5-0 1:19 later with his first collegiate goal. Ordakowski struck again 2:35 after his first goal as the Spartan lead grew to 6-0 just before the half.

• Cabrini finally got on the board midway through the third quarter as Bill Morgan scored. York responded with goals from Davis and Hunter as the lead grew to 8-1. After a second Cabrini goal, Pfeiffer and Hvazda scored to put the Green and White up 10-2 heading to the fourth quarter.

• The Cavaliers gained momentum to start the fourth as they got man up goals from Mike Gerzabek and Tyler Kostack to trim the Spartan lead to 10-4. The Cavaliers kept their run going with three more goals as the Spartan lead dwindled to 10-7. Brendan McGrath halted the run and closed out the scoring with his 22nd goal of the year with 2:02 left in the game.


Spartan Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 4 assists, 1 ground ball

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

J.D. Beck: 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Billy Sasso: 18-for-21 at the X, 8 ground balls

Eben Ordakowski: 2 goals

Sean McQuade: 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Cavalier Leaders

Mike Gerzbek: 3 goals, 1 ground ball

Tyler Kostack: 1 goal, 3 assists, 1 ground ball

Bill Morgan: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Tommy DeLuca: 1 assist, 9 ground balls, 7 caused turnovers


Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 7 goals allowed, 13 saves (Win, 8-1)

Riley White (CU): 60:00 minutes played, 11 goals against, 13 saves (Loss, 7-1)


Game Notes:

The meeting was the first between the two programs … York is now 5-1 in games against nationally ranked opponents … York dropped a spot in the national rankings after falling to #2 RIT last weekend at the Stevenson Mustang Classic … the Spartan defense held the Cavaliers to a season-low seven goals including shutting the Cavs out in the first quarter … Cabrini's lowest goal output had been 11 goals in the win over Lynchburg on February 23 … the Cavaliers face Salisbury in their next game as they face the two top teams in the Capital Athletic Conference in back-to-back games … Cabrini had been 3-0 against nationally ranked opponents coming into their game against York … York was fantastic at the X as senior Billy Sasso won 18-of-21 chances at the X while he also had eight ground balls … Sasso's 18 face-off wins ranks third on the all-time list, two short of the school record of 20 held by two different Spartans … Sasso leads the CAC in face-offs won (110) while his 60 ground balls ranks second in the league … freshman Jack Michael set a new career-high with 13 saves … Michael has notched 25 saves and 11 goals against in his last two games against a pair of nationally ranked opponents (#20 Stevenson and #5 Cabrini) … Michael has recorded double figures in saves in six of his nine games for the year .. Michael's goals against average of 7.15 ranks second in the CAC … freshman Eben Ordakowski notched his first two collegiate goals with his two tallies late in the second quarter … senior J.D. Beck notched three caused turnovers and five ground balls in the win … Beck is climbing the career caused turnover list as he is one away from tying former teammate Joey Fiorino for second on the list … Beck has 71 career caused turnovers … Thomas Pfeiffer is one assist away from tying career-record holder Tyler Hutson for first place in the category … Pfeiffer is third on the all-time points list with 212 as he is 12 points away from passing Andrew Gamble for second place.


Up Next

The Spartans returns to action in less than 24 hours as they host Bryn Athyn in a non-conference contest. The Spartans and Lions are set for a 7:00 pm start at Kinsley Field.