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Strong Defense and Timely Offense Carries #3 Salisbury to CAC Championship

Gunnar Reynolds photos courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Gunnar Reynolds photos courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team saw their 11-game win streak come to a halt as they dropped a 13-7 decision to Salisbury University in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday in York.

The Sea Gulls earn their 22nd Capital Athletic Conference championship as they have beaten the Spartans in three of the last four championship games including the last two at Kinsley Field after the Spartans won the regular season meetings.

 

Game #19 – Capital Athletic Conference Championship Game

Records: #3 York (Pa.) 17-2, #3 Salisbury 19-1

Final Score: York 7, SAL 13

Shots: York 35, SAL 33

Shots on Goal: York 21, SAL 23

Ground Balls: York 20, SAL 23

Face Off Wins: York 7, SAL 17

Clears: York 15-for-17, SAL 17-for-19

Saves: York 8, SAL 16

Turnovers: York 13, SAL 20

Penalties: York 4-for-3:00, SAL 7-for-5:00

Man-Up: York 2-for-6, SAL 1-for-4

Caused Turnovers: York 12, SAL 4­

 

How It Happened

• Salisbury's Cross Ferrara gave the Sea Gulls the early lead with a pair of unassisted goals in the opening 2:12 of the game. Ferrara scored his two goals just 1:06 apart to give the guests the early momentum. The Spartans' Gunnar Reynolds got the Spartans on the board with a goal at the 11:02 mark. That would be the last goal of the first quarter as the defenses were both outstanding. The Spartans fired off ten shots in the quarter but Salisbury goalie Brandon Warren was up to the task with five first quarter saves.

• Reynolds evened the game at two with his second goal of the game 2:18 into the second quarter off a pass from Dylan Wolf. The Sea Gulls answered with goals from Jarrett Bromwell and Brett Malamphy. Malamphy's goal came off the face off from the Bromwell goal. York answered with a goal from Brad Casale and a man-up goal from Hunter Davis as the Spartans tied the game at four with 7:16 left in the half.

• Salisbury took the lead for good on an Austin Short goal at the 4:05 mark of the second quarter. The Spartans had a chance to tie the game as they went on the man-up with 2:31 left in half. The Spartans got a pair of shots but then had a costly turnover as the Green and White couldn't convert the golden opportunity. The Sea Gulls would get a man-up chance of their own with 1:08 left in the half and they would not miss the opportunity as Josh Melton converted the man-up goal with 37 seconds left in the half. The Gulls won the ensuing face off and Pierre Armstrong plunged the dagger into the Spartans with four seconds left in the quarter to push the Salisbury lead to 7-4.

• If there was any doubt about where the momentum was at the end of the half, the Sea Gulls got a Short goal just 34 seconds into the second half to extend the run to four straight goals. Zach Pompea made it 9-4 59 seconds later with a goal at the 13:27 mark. It was very apparent the Spartans were in trouble and Warren made a number of big stops to keep the lead at five. Casale recorded his second goal of the game with 6:53 left in the third. However, the Sea Gulls removed all doubt as they scored the next four goals to take a 13-5 lead with 7:33 left in the game. York got a pair of cosmetic goals in the final 3:50 of the game but it was be far too little and far too late.

 

Spartan Leaders

Gunnar Reynolds: 3 goals, 1 ground ball

Brad Casale: 2 goals

Hunter Davis: 1 goal, 1 assists, 2 caused turnovers

Tyler Nation: 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Kevin Witchey: 3 caused turnovers

Sean McQuade: 3 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls

 

Sea Gull Leaders

Cross Ferrara: 3 goals, 2 ground balls

Austin Short: 2 goals

Josh Melton: 2 goals, 1 assist

Zach Pompea: 1 goal, 1 assist

Brett Malamphy: 16-for-22 at the X, 11 ground balls, 1 goal

Kevin Murphy: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 13 goals against, 8 saves (Loss, 17-2)

Brandon Warren (SAL): 60:00 minutes played, 7 goals against, 16 saves (17-1)

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 1-4 in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game as all five games have come against the Sea Gulls … York is now 1-7 all-time in the tournament against the Sea Gulls … York is now 8-7 in the CAC tournament under head coach Brandon Childs … York is now 10-19 all-time in the CAC tournament … despite allowing 13 goals, the Spartan defense played well as they held the high flying Salisbury offense to just 33 shots … the Sea Gull offense entered the game averaging 52 shots per game … The Spartans forced the Sea Gulls into 20 turnovers, four over their season average of 16 … The Green and White defense collected 12 caused turnovers, one short of their season-high … Salisbury's Brandon Warren was outstanding for the Gulls as he notched 16 saves, one short of the season high he recorded in the season opening win at Berry … Warren allowed seven goals and made just three saves in the Spartans' regular season win at Salisbury … Warren now has seven double figure saves game for the year … the seven goals for York ties their second lowest offensive output of the year … the Spartans have been held below double figures just three times as they are now 1-2 in those contests … the Sea Gulls were great at the X as Salisbury won 17 of the games' 24 face offs … the 13 goals allowed were a season high for the Spartans … York has allowed double figures in just four games this year.

 

Up Next

The Spartans now must wait to hear their NCAA fate on Sunday evening when the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament field is announced. The Spartans are likely to garner one of the at-large berths but that won't be confirmed until Sunday evening's field announcement. Please check back at www.ycpspartans.com for a full breakdown of the Spartans' tournament path.