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#2 Spartans Host #3 Sea Gulls in CAC Championship Game Showdown

Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – For the fourth straight year, the York College Spartans and the Salisbury University Sea Gulls will square off for the Capital Athletic Conference championship on Saturday afternoon at Kinsley Field. The two squads have been on a collision course this year as they both come into the championship game with one loss.

The Sea Gulls have won two of the three previous meetings including last year's conference title game in York. The Spartans have won 14 straight regular season CAC contests and are riding a season-high 11 game win streak.

 

Records:

#2 York (Pa.): 17-1, 6-0 CAC (#1 Seed)

#3 Salisbury: 18-1, 5-1 CAC (#2 Seed)

 

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS

Head Coach: Brandon Childs – 8th Season (119-37, .762%)

National Ranking: #2 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll

Spartan Offensive Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 76 points, 48 goals, 28 assists, 5 man-up goals, 29 ground balls, 1 GWG

Hunter Davis: 72 points, 48 goals, 24 assists, 2 man-up goals, 21 ground balls, 7 GWG

Brendan McGrath: 47 points, 37 goals, 10 assists, 1 man-up goal, 30 ground balls, 4 GWG

Dylan Wolf: 30 points, 14 goals, 16 assists, 2 man-up goals, 11 ground balls

Spartan Defensive Leaders

J.D. Beck: 28 caused turnovers, 35 ground balls

Ryan Kennedy: 25 caused turnovers, 41 ground balls

Kevin Witchey: 19 caused turnovers, 27 ground balls

Nick Roman: 16 caused turnovers, 48 ground balls

Spartans at the X

Billy Sasso: 204-for-321 (63.6%), 121 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 2 goal, 2 assists

J.T. Kidd: 61-for-93 (65.3%), 28 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 1 goal

Spartan Goaltending

Jack Michael: 956:17 minutes played, 106 goals against, 6.65 goals against average, 143

 saves, 57.4% save percentage, Record of 17-1

 

SCOUTING THE SEA GULLS

Head Coach: Jim Berkman – 31st Season (522-56, .903%)

Sea Gulls Offensive Leaders

Josh Melton:  100 points, 57 goals, 43 assists, 5 man-up goals, 33 ground balls

Corey Gwin: 75 points, 51 goals, 24 assists, 17 man-up goals, 30 ground balls

Zach Pompea: 71 points, 37 goals, 34 assists, 2 man up goals, 25 ground balls

Cross Ferrara: 66 points, 53 goals, 13 assists, 5 man up goals, 39 ground balls

Tyler Snyder: 58 points, 35 goals, 23 assists, 10 man up goals, 7 ground balls

Sea Gulls Defensive Leaders

Kevin Murphy: 26 caused turnovers, 73 ground balls, 1 assist

Brad Apgar: 22 caused turnovers, 41 ground balls, 1 goal

Matt O'Callaghan: 21 caused turnovers, 19 ground balls

Drew Borkowicz: 19 caused turnovers, 38 ground balls

Sea Gulls at the X

Brett Malamphy: 293-for-397 (73.8%), 185 ground balls, 2 goals

Eoghan Sweeney: 56-for-85 (65.9%), 31 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Sea Gulls Goaltending

Brandon Warren: 779:11 minutes, 94 goals against, 7.24 goals against average, 118 saves, 55.7% save percentage, Record 14-1

T.J. Ellis: 253:39 minutes played, 23 goals against, 5.44 goals against average, 36 saves, 61.0% save percentage, Record 3-0

 

Capital Athletic Conference Team Rankings

Goals: York 236 (3rd), SAL 324 (1st)

Assists: York 147 (2nd), SAL 193 (1st)

Goals Per Game: York 13.11 (3rd), SAL 17.05 (1st)

Shots: York 810 (2nd), SAL 995 (1st)  

Shooting Percentage: York 29.1% (5th), SAL 32.6% (2nd)

Shots on Goal: York 496 (2nd), SAL 615 (1st)

Shots on Goal Percentage: York 61.2% (4th), SAL 61.8% (3rd)

Man Up Goals: York 17 (7th), SAL 46 (1st)

Ground Balls: 660 (3rd), SAL 821 (1st)  

Most Turnovers: York 302 (6th), SAL 319 (5th)  

Caused Turnovers: York 179 (4th), SAL 211 (2nd)  

Face Offs: York 268-for-417 (3rd), SAL 369-for-517 (1st)  

Clears: York 315-for-386 (1st), 385-for-445 (6th)

Goals Against: York 123 (1st), SAL 130 (2nd)  

Goals Against Average: York 6.83 (2nd), SAL 6.82 (1st)  

Save Percentage: York 57.3% (2nd), SAL 57.1 (3rd)  

 

Capital Athletic Conference Individual Rankings (Top 10)

Points

1. Josh Melton (SU) – 100

3. Thomas Pfeiffer (YCP) – 76

4. Corey Gwin (SU) – 75

5. Hunter Davis (YCP) – 72

T6. Zach Pompea (SU) – 71

10. Cross Ferrara (SU) - 66

 

Goals

2. Josh Melton (SU) – 57

3. Cross Ferrara (SU) – 53

5. Corey Gwin (SU) – 51

T7. Hunter Davis (YCP) – 48

T7. Hunter Davis (YCP) - 48

 

Assists

2. Josh Melton (SU) – 43

3. Zach Pompea (SU) – 34

T6. Pierre Armstrong (SU) – 28

T6. Thomas Pfeiffer (YCP) – 28

T10. Hunter Davis (YCP) – 24

T10. Corey Gwin (SU) - 24

 

Man Up Goals

1. Corey Gwin (SU) – 17

2. Tyler Snyder (SU) – 10

T5. Pierre Armstrong (SU) - 5

T5. Cross Ferrara (SU) – 5

T5. Josh Melton (SU) – 5

T5. Thomas Pfeiffer (YCP) – 5

 

Ground Balls

1. Brett Malamphy (SU) - 185

2. Billy Sasso (YCP) – 121

3. Kevin Murphy (SU) – 73

 

Caused Turnovers

7. JD Beck (YCP) – 28

9. Kevin Murphy (SU) – 26

T10. Ryan Kennedy (YCP) - 25

 

Face-Offs Won

1. Brett Malamphy (SU) - 293

3. Billy Sasso (YCP) – 204

7. J.T. Kidd (YCP) – 61

T8. Eoghan Sweeney (SU) - 56

 

Goalkeeper Minutes Played

5. Jack Michael (YCP) – 956:17

7. Brandon Warren (SU) – 779:11

9. T.J. Ellis (SU) – 253:39

 

Goals Against

1. Brandon Warren (SU) - 94

2. Jack Michael (YCP) – 106

 

Goals Against Average

1. Jack Michael (YCP) – 6.65

2. Brandon Warren (SU) – 7.24

 

Saves

6. Jack Michael (YCP) – 143

7. Brandon Warren (SAL) - 118

 

Save Percentage

2. Jack Michael (YCP) – 57.4%

3. Brandon Warren (SU) – 55.7

 

Goalie Wins

1. Jack Michael (YCP) – 17

2. Brandon Warren (SU) - 14

 

2019 CAPITAL ATHLETIC CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT

First Round - Saturday, April 27
Game 1 - #5 Frostburg State def. #4 St. Mary's (Md.), 12-10
Game 2 - #2 Salisbury def. #7 Southern Virginia, 27-9
Game 3 - #3 Christopher Newport def. #6 Mary Washington, 20-6
#1 York (Pa.) receives first-round bye

Semifinal Round - Wednesday, May 1
Game 4 - #1 York (Pa.) 10 - #5 Frostburg State 3
Game 5 - #2 Salisbury 14 - #3 Christopher Newport 6

Championship - Saturday, May 4
Game 5 – #2 Salisbury at #1 York (Pa.) – 3:00 pm

 

LAST TIME WE MET

The third-ranked York College men's lacrosse got four goals from senior Hunter Davis to knock off previously unbeaten and #1 Salisbury University 11-9 in a Capital Athletic Conference showdown in Salisbury, Maryland on April 17.

The Sea Gulls opened the scoring in the first period as they took advantage of a Spartan penalty to convert a man up goal. Corey Gwin had the goal as the Sea Gulls scored 4:14 into the game. The Spartans responded with a pair of goals as Gunnar Reynolds and Hunter Davis scored 40 seconds apart to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead. It wouldn't take long for the Gulls to tie the game as Josh Melton scored 45 seconds after the Davis goal to knot the game at two. York got the final say in the first quarter as York capitalized on a man up chance. Davis found Thomas Pfeiffer for the extra-man goal with 1:10 left in the quarter.

The Sea Gulls tied the game for a final time to start the second quarter as Zach Pompea notched an unassisted tally with 11:26 left in the half. The Spartans then ripped off a game-changing 4-0 spurt that gave York a 7-3 lead midway through the quarter. Davis scored the first two goals on the run while freshman Eben Ordakowski scored the other two to put the Spartans in control. Melton ended the Spartan run with a goal at the 4:51 mark of the quarter. Pfeiffer closed out the first half scoring with his second goal of the game off another pass from Davis as York took an 8-4 lead to the break.

Salisbury was able to slow the Spartans in the third quarter, a quarter that the Spartans have dominated all year. The Sea Gulls outscored York 3-1 as Melton scored twice, cutting the York lead to 9-7 heading to the fourth quarter. The Sea Gulls held an 11-5 edge in shots but Jack Michael registered three saves to keep the damage to a minimum.

The Spartans had to weather the storm in the fourth quarter as the Gulls continued to pressure the York defense. Davis managed to score the first goal of the quarter with 12:17 left in the game to put York up 10-7. Salisbury responded with a Ferrara goal 43 seconds later as the Gulls were again within two goals. Ordakowski found the back of the cage for the third time in the game with 7:07 left to put York back up by three. Pierre Armstrong notched the final goal of the game with 3:12 remaining. Michael had a strong fourth quarter as he notched five saves as Salisbury again outshot York, this time 11-6, in the fourth quarter.  

Game One Box Score – April 17 @ Salisbury

 

SPARTANS IN THE CAC TOURNAMENT

The Spartans are 10-18 all-time in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. The Spartans are 1-6 all-time in the tournament against Salisbury including 1-3 in the CAC championship game. The Spartans' lone win over the Gulls came in 2016 at Salisbury. The trip to the championship game is the fourth in a row for the Spartans and their fifth overall. The Spartans are 8-6 under head coach Brandon Childs in the CAC tournament.

 

SPARTAN NOTES

The Spartans have a number of players whose names are all over the all-time career lists … senior Thomas Pfeiffer is first in assists (93), second in points (252), third in goals (159), and tied for second in man-up goals (24) … senior Hunter Davis is first in game-winning goals (26), second in goals (164), tied for second in man-up goals (24), third in points (228), and eighth in assists (64) … senior J.D. Beck is second in caused turnovers (85) and 14th in ground balls (139) … senior Brendan McGrath is fourth in game-winning goals (10), fifth in points (183), fifth in goals (138), fifth in man-up goals (15), and 14th in assists (45) … junior Nick Roman is tied for seventh in caused turnovers (48) and tenth in ground balls (184) … senior Billy Sasso is third in career face off winning percentage (.602) and third in ground balls (372) … senior Kevin Witchey is fifth in caused turnovers (56), and 11th in caused turnovers per game (0.75) … senior Hunter Davis has been on a scoring tear over the five games as he has notched 22 goals and five assists for 27 points.

 

GAME COVERAGE

LIVE STATS

LIVE VIDEO

 

UP NEXT

The winner of the game will earn the Capital Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament while the winner will likely receive an NCAA at-large berth. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Sunday evening.