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Big Second Half Lifts #4 Spartans to NCAA Win over Stockton

Gunnar Reynolds photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Gunnar Reynolds photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The fourth-ranked York College men's lacrosse team used a huge second half to get past Stockton University 18-11 in the second round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse tournament. The Spartans and Osprey were tied 7-7 at the half but York scored five goals in the third and six more in the fourth to win comfortably in their NCAA tournament opener. The Spartans got goals from 12 different players in the win.

The Spartans advance to the third round where they will host the winner of Wednesday night's Washington and Lee and Piedmont game on Saturday in York.


Game #20 – NCAA Division III Tournament – Second Round

Records: #4 York (Pa.) 18-2, Stockton 18-3

Final Score: York 18, Stockton 11

Shots: York 38, Stockton 46

Shots on Goal: York 29, Stockton 24

Ground Balls: York 45, Stockton 39

Face Off Wins: York 18, Stockton 14

Clears: York 18-for-21, Stockton 12-for-15

Saves: York 13, Stockton 11

Turnovers: York 16, Stockton 15

Penalties: York 5-for-4:30, Stockton 2-for-1:00

Extra Man: York 1-for-1, Stockton 1-for-5


How It Happened

• The Spartans and Osprey went back-and-forth in the first half of the opening quarter as the game was tied at two midway the period. The Spartans then ripped off three straight goals as Brendan McGrath and Gunnar Reynolds found the back of the net. Ryan Powers then got an unlikely goal as he ripped a shot from midfield as the quarter was expiring. The ball was deflected into the goal to give York a 5-2 lead the end of one.

• The Spartans scored two of the first three goals of the second quarter as they looked poised to blow Stockton out but the Osprey were not having it. Stockton dominated the final 11 minutes of the second quarter as they scored four goals to tie the game at seven heading to the half. Stockton outshot the Spartans 17-6 in the second quarter to knot the score heading to the break.

• York came out of the break and gained control of the game. Reynolds opened the scoring 40 seconds into the half to give York a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Thomas Pfeiffer and Jake Hvazda followed with goals as the Green and White lead grew to 10-7. The Osprey bounced back with a pair of goals to trim York's lead to 10-9. Brendan O'Sullivan got a man-up goal at the 6:50 mark and Hunter Davis talied the rare man-down goal with 1:57 left as the York lead was 12-9. Stockton's Luc Swedlund recorded his fourth goal of the game with 16 seconds left in the quarter, cutting York's lead to two heading to the final quarter.

• Pfeiffer opened the fourth quarter scoring with an unassisted goal with 12:33 left in the game. Swedlund scored his final goal of the year, his 100th tally in 21 games, with 10:39 remaining game. J.T. Kidd won the ensuing face off and scored six seconds later to give York a 14-11 lead. The Spartans closed out the game with four more goals including a pair from Reynolds to salt away the win and advance to the third round.


Spartan Leaders

Gunnar Reynolds: 4 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

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

Hunter Davis: 2 goals, 3 ground balls

Ryan Kennedy: 3 caused turnovers, 5 ground balls

Kevin Witchey: 3 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball

J.T. Kidd: 6-for-9 at the X, 4 ground balls


Osprey Leaders

Luc Swedlund: 5 goals, 6 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Erik Anderson: 2 goals, 2 assists, 7 ground balls

Eric Ellis: 3 goals

Joey Tiernan: 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls

Matt Thermann: 14-for-30 at the X, 5 ground balls


Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 11 goals against ,13 saves (Win, 18-2)

Justin Ruiz (Stock): 60:00 minutes played, 18 goals against, 11 saves (Loss, 18-3)   


Game Notes:

The Spartans improve to 2-0 all-time against Stockton … York's previous win over Stockton came on March 8, 2008 … the Spartans are now 7-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and are now 5-0 in their opening round games under head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans have played 11 different opponents in their NCAA history … the Spartans held the high-flying Osprey offense to 11 goals, their second-lowest scoring output of the year (10 vs. Elizabethtown and vs. DeSales) … Stockton's offense had been clicking coming into the game as they had been averaging 22.5 goals per game over their previous seven games … they had entered the game averaging 19 goals per game for the year … junior Gunnar Reynolds set new career highs with five points and four goals .. Reynolds scored his four goals on just five shots … the trio of Ryan Kennedy, Kevin Witchey, and J.D. Beck combined to scoop up eight ground balls and cause seven Osprey turnovers … freshman goalie Jack Michael tied his career high with 13 saves in the win … Michael now has nine games with double figures in saves … J.T. Kidd came off the bench and won 6-of-9 face offs in the game including 5-of-8 in the decisive fourth quarter … Kidd's goal was his second of the year and fifth of his Spartan career … senior Thomas Pfeiffer added three more assists to his career total as he now has 96 for his career.


Up Next

The Spartans return home on Saturday evening as they will host the winner of the Washington and Lee and Piedmont second round game in the third round. Game time will be confirmed on Thursday. Please check back at for the most up-to-date tournament information.