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Big First Half Powers #3 Spartans to Victory at Southern Virginia

Hunter Davis photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Hunter Davis photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

BUENA VISTA, VA – The third-ranked York College men's lacrosse squad pushed their win streak to seven as the Green and White rolled past Southern Virginia 20-11 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday in Buena Vista, Virginia. The Spartans outscored the Knights 12-3 in the first half to run away with the contest.

Senior Hunter Davis became the fourth Spartan to join the 200-point club with his big day against the Knights.

 

Game #14

Records: #3 York (Pa.) 13-1 (4-0 CAC), Southern Virginia 5-10 (0-4 CAC)

Final Score: York 20, SVU 11

Shots: York 55, SVU 36

Shots on Goal: York 42, SVU 20

Ground Balls: York 44, SVU 28

Face Off Wins: York 24, SVU 9

Clears: York 27-for-28, SVU 27-for-29

Saves: York 9, SVU 22

Turnovers: York 21, SVU 29

Penalties: York 0-for-0, SVU 9-for-8:00

Man-Up: York 2-for-9, SVU 0-for-0

Caused Turnovers: York 12, SVU 8

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans got off toa great start in the game as the ripped off the first four goals of the game. Brendan McGrath, Thomas Pfeiffer, Hunter Davis and Brad Casale each scored for the Spartans as the Green and White raced out to the early lead. After Southern Virginia got on the board with a Zach Danneman goal, Danny O'Connell answered as the Spartans took a 5-1 lead to the second quarter.

• The Spartans kept rolling to start the second quarter as they ripped off the first three goals of the period to push out to a 8-1 lead. Nick Roman opened the run with his first goal of the year and he was followed by Pfeiffer and O'Connell to take the seven-goal lead. SVU scored two of the next three goals of the quarter but the Green and White finished the quarter with three goals in the final 2:26 of the stanza. Brendan O'Sullivan recorded back-to-back goals including a man-up goal to push the lead to 11-3. Jake Hvazda completed the scoring in the quarter with a goal with 1:24 left in the half.

• York kept rolling in the third quarter as the Spartans scored the first three goals of the period to increase the lead to 15-3. The Knights trimmed the Spartan lead with three goals of their own in the third.

• The fourth quarter was filled with offense as both teams scored five goals to provide for the final nine goal margin of victory for the Spartans.

 

Spartan Leaders

Hunter Davis: 6 goals

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 2 caused turnovers

Brendan O'Sullivan: 2 gaols, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Danny O'Connell: 2 goals, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Dylan Wolf: 3 assists, 1 ground ball

Billy Sasso: 13-for-17 at the X, 11 ground balls

J.T. Kidd: 1 goal, 11-for-16 at the X, 9 ground balls


Knights Leaders

Zach Danneman: 3 goals, 3 ground balls, 6-for-11 at the X

Shawn Lamb: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls

Carter Bean: 2 goals

Chandler Wescott: 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Brady Cook: 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 45:00 minutes played, 6 goals against, 5 saves (Win, 13-1)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 12:26 minutes played, 2 goals against, 2 saves

Finn Campbell (YCP): 2:34 minutes played, 3 goals against, 2 saves

Ian Arave (SVU): 60:00 minutes played, 20 goals against, 22 saves (Loss)

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans improve to 6-0 all time against Southern Virginia … York has outscored the Knights 125-36 in the all-time series … the 20 goals for the Spartans set a new season high … York put a season-high 76.4% of their shots on target for the game … York scored a season-high three man-up goals while they also had a season-high nine man-up attempts … the Knights were called for nine penalties for a whooping eight minutes of penalty time … the Spartans' seven game win streak is a season high, eclipsing the six-game win streak to start the season … the 11 goals allowed snapped a streak of six games in which the Spartans had allowed nine goals or less … York has won 66.7% of their face offs for the year as the Spartans are 230-for-330 at the X for the campaign … York now has 22 players who have scored at least one goal in 2019 … the Spartans have five players with double figures in goals with Thomas Pfeiffer leading the way with 40 goals … the Spartans have 29 players with at least one point for the year … senior Hunter Davis now has 207 career points as he is the fourth Spartan to reach the 200 point milestone, joining Pfeiffer (238 points), Andrew Gamble (223 points) and all-time point leader Tyler Hutson (286 points) … Pfeiffer moved into second place in goal scoring as he passed Andrew Gamble with his three goals in the win … Davis is now two goals back of Gamble for third place on the all-time goal scoring list while Brendan McGrath is fifth on the list with 132 career goals.

 

Up Next

The Spartans head to Salisbury for a showdown with the top-ranked Sea Gulls on Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. The two teams are both unbeaten in the CAC as the game will go a long way in determining the top seed for the upcoming conference tournament.