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Defense Powers #5 Spartans to 13-4 Win over #15 CNU in CAC Opener

Jack Michael photo courtesy of Shane Guise
Jack Michael photo courtesy of Shane Guise

YORK, PA – The fifth ranked York College men's lacrosse team opened Capital Athletic Conference play with a strong defensive effort as York downed #15 Christopher Newport University 13-4 on Saturday afternoon in York. The Spartans have now won four straight as the defense has allowed just 19 goals in those four victories. 

 

Game #11

Records: #6 York (Pa.) 10-1 (1-0 CAC), #15 Christopher Newport 8-4 (1-1 CAC)

Final Score: York 13, CNU 4

Shots: York 42, CNU 33

Shots on Goal: York 26, CNU 15

Ground Balls: York 40, CNU 26

Face Off Wins: York 17, CNU 3

Clears: York 17-for-24, CNU 18-for-20

Saves: York 13, CNU 11

Turnovers: York 21, CNU 18

Penalties: York 4-for-3:30, CNU 5-for-4:30

Man-Up: York 2-for-4, CNU 1-for-3

Caused Turnovers: York 12, CNU 7

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans were the aggressors early but CNU goalie Scott McAneney turned York away and kept the Spartans off the board over the first nine plus minutes of the game. York finally found the back of the cage when senior Thomas Pfeiffer scored with 5:03 left in the quarter. Sophomore Dylan Wolf made it 2-0 just 39 seconds later with a laser from 10 yards out. Eben Ordakowski kept the run going with a goal off a pass from Brendan McGrath with 2:12 remaining in the period. The Captains got on the board with a Glenn Doering unassisted goal with under a minute left as York took a 3-1 lead to the quarter break.

• The Captains sliced their deficit in half with a Brady Altobello goal 1:43 into the second quarter. York then got goals from McGrath and Hunter Davis inside the final five minutes of the second as York took a 5-2 lead to the intermission.

• The Spartans put a stranglehold on the game in the third as they outscored the Captains 3-0 to take an 8-2 lead. York got goals from Pfeiffer, Wolf and Brendan O'Sullivan as the defense allowed just 10 shots while goalie Jack Michael made five saves in the period.

• York closed out the game by outscoring the Captains 5-2 in the fourth quarter. Pfeiffer started the scoring with a goal at the 13:36 mark. McGrath got back-to-back goals to make it 11-4. After Lucas Barry scored the Captains final goal, McGrath and Ordakowski scored for York for the final nine goal margin of victory.

 

Spartan Leaders

Brendan McGrath: 4 goals, 2 assists, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnovers

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls

Eben Ordakowski: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Dylan Wolf: 2 goals

Billy Sasso: 13-of-15 at the X, 7 ground balls

J.D. Beck: 4 caused turnovers, 2 caused turnovers

Kevin Witchey: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover


Captain Leaders

Lucas Barry: 2 goals, 2 ground balls

Brady Altobello: 1 goal

Glenn Doering: 1 goal, 1 caused turnover

Campbell Pozin: 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 4 goals allowed, 11 saves (Win, 10-1)

Scott McAneney (CNU): 60:00 minutes played, 13 goals against, 13 saves (Loss, 8-4)

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 10-1 all-time against the Captains as York has won six straight in the series … The Spartans have won their last two games 13-4 as they have now allowed just four goals in three of their last four games … York has outscored their last four opponents by a combined score of 49-19 … York has won 54-of-their-last-62 face offs (87%) … the Spartans have posted a save percentage of 68.8% over their last four contests … freshman goalie Jack Michael now owns a goals against average of 6.65 and a save percentage of 60.6% as he is 10-1 in cage for the Green and White … senior Brendan McGrath led the Spartans with four goals as he is now tied with Thomas Pfeiffer for the team lead as they both have 26 goals … Hunter Davis is the third Spartan with 20 or more goals as he has 21 … Pfeiffer is now three points short of catching Andrew Gamble for second on the all-time points list … Pfeiffer now hs 220 points on 137 goals and 83 assists … Davis is eight points short of joining the 200 point club as he has 192 on 137 goals and 55 assists … Pfeiffer and Davis are now tied for third on the all-time goal scoring list with 137 goals each … senior J.D. Beck registered four caused turnovers in the win as he now ranks second all-time with 75 career caused turnovers … Beck leads the squad with 18 caused turnovers in 11 games this season … Beck also has notched 24 ground balls ... the Spartans have outscored their 11 opponents 37-16 in the third quarter this year ... York has outscored their opponents 67-35 in the second half for the campaign ... 

 

Up Next

The Spartans head out on the road for their next game as they head to St. Mary's City, Maryland to face the Seahawks of St. Mary's College in a Capital Athletic Conference action. First face off is scheduled for 2:00 pm.