#4 Spartans Host Familiar Foe in NCAA Third Round

Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team welcomes a familiar foe to York for Saturday's NCAA Division III Third Round as the Washington & Lee Generals come to town for a 5:00 pm face off. The Spartans and Generals met on February 9 in York with the Green and White edging the Generals 7-6.  



#4 York (Pa.): 18-2

#13 Washington & Lee 16-4



Head Coach: Brandon Childs – 8th Season (120-38, .761%)

National Ranking: #4 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll

Spartan Offensive Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 82 points, 51 goals, 31 assists, 5 man-up goals, 31 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers, 1 GWG

Hunter Davis: 76 points, 52 goals, 25 assists, 3 man-up goals, 24 ground balls, 8 GWG

Brendan McGrath: 51 points, 39 goals, 12 assists, 2 man-up goals, 31 ground balls, 4 GWG

Dylan Wolf: 32 points, 14 goals, 18 assists, 2 man-up goals, 12 ground balls

Brad Casale: 28 points, 22 goals, 6 assists, 29 ground balls, 2 GWG

Spartan Defensive Leaders

J.D. Beck: 30 caused turnovers, 39 ground balls

Ryan Kennedy: 28 caused turnovers, 47 ground balls

Kevin Witchey: 25 caused turnovers, 29 ground balls

Nick Roman: 16 caused turnovers, 52 ground balls

Spartans at the X

Billy Sasso: 221-for-356 (62.1%), 128 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 2 goals, 2 assists

J.T. Kidd: 67-for-102 (65.7%), 32 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 2 goals

Spartan Goaltending

Jack Michael: 1,076:17 minutes played, 130 goals against, 7.25 goals against average, 164 saves, 55.8% save percentage, Record of 18-2



Head Coach: Gene McCabe - 13th season (160-77, .657%)

National Ranking: #13 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll

Generals Offensive Leaders

A.J. Witherell: 80 points, 43 goals, 37 assists, 5 man-up goals, 47 ground balls, 10 caused turnovers

Hudson Hamil: 51 points, 12 goals, 39 assists, 1 man-up goal, 27 ground balls

Mike Weaver: 35 points, 23 goals, 12 assists, 3 man-up goals, 27 ground balls

Garrett Mize: 34 points, 25 goals, 9 assists, 1 man-up goals, 18 ground balls

Taylor Witherell: 34 points, 24 goals, 10 assists, 1 man-up goal, 18 ground balls

Generals Defensive Leaders

Paul Callahan: 21 caused turnovers, 40 ground balls, 1 assist

Drew Barnard: 17 caused turnovers, 30 ground balls, 2 goals

John Broderick: 15 caused turnovers, 28 ground balls, 2 goals

Generals at the X

Jack Hodgson: 273-for-369 (73.9%), 110 ground balls, 2 goals, 2 assists

Ned Mize: 32-for-48 (66.7%), 20 ground balls

Taylor Cashman: 25-for-56 (44.6%), 6 ground balls

Generals Goaltending

Jack Taylor: 990:25 minutes played, 112 goals allowed, 6.79 goals against average, 164 saves, 59.4% save percentage, Record of 16-4


Tale of the Tape

Games Played: York 20, WLU 20

Goals: York 261, WLU 317

Assists: York 156, WLU 182

Goals Per Game: York 13.05, WLU 15.85

Shots: York 883, WLU 966

Shooting Percentage: York 29.6%, WLU 32.8%

Shots on Goal: York 548, WLU 592

Shots on Goal Percentage: York 62.1%, WLU 61.3%

Man-Up Goals: York 20, WLU 24

Ground Balls: York 725, WLU 779

Turnovers: York 331, WLU 371

Caused Turnovers: York 201, WLU 186

Face Offs: York 293-of-473, WLU 344-of-496

Clears: York 348-of-424, WLU 363-of-415

Goals Against: York 147, WLU 122

Goals Against Average: York 7.35, WLU 6.11

Save Percentage: York 55.9%, WLU 59.5%





You only have to go back 19 games to find the last time these two teams met as both squads opened the year in York as the Spartans recorded a slim 7-6 win at Kinsley Field. The teams were tied at four at the half and the Spartans outscored the Generals 3-1 in the third quarter to provide for the winning margin. The game was the lowest scoring output for the Generals for the entire year as Washington & Lee failed to get to double digits just twice this year.

The Spartans outshot the Generals 38-31 while the Generals had a 36-34 advantage in ground balls. Washington & Lee's Jack Taylor was outstanding in goal with 16 saves while Spartan freshman Jack Michael was making his collegiate debut and was also stellar in net with 10 saves and just six goals allowed.

Hunter Davis and Brendan McGrath led the Spartan offense with two goals each while Thomas Pfeiffer and Gunnar Reynolds each added a goal, an assist, and a ground ball. Taylor Witherell led the Generals with a pair of goals while Ben Mullholland chipped in with a goal and an assist. Nick Anders dished out a pair of assists in the game.



The Spartans making their fifth tournament appearance and the Spartans are 7-4 in their previous four appearances … all five of the Spartans' trips to the NCAA tournament have come under the guidance of head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans are 6-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament at Kinsley Field … York hosted Washington & Lee in 2016 as York earned a 12-5 second-round win over the Generals on May 14 ... the Spartans lead the all-time series against the Generals 4-3 as York has won four in a row against the Generals. 



The York College men's lacrosse team placed a school-record tying nine players on the two All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse squads as announced Monday afternoon by the league office. In addition to the nine players, head coach Brandon Childs was named the CAC Coach of the Year and freshman goalie Jack Michael was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Childs earned the award for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall in his Spartan career. Michael is the second Spartan to earn the Rookie of the Year award joining Tyler Hutson in 2014. The Spartans had five players earn first-team All-CAC honors. Seniors Hunter DavisThomas PfeifferBrad CasaleJ.D. Beck, and Kevin Witchey were all recognized as first-team all-stars. Senior Billy Sasso, freshman Jack Michael, and juniors Danny O'Connell and Nick Roman were picked as second-team honorees.




The Spartans have a number of players whose names are all over the all-time career lists … senior Thomas Pfeiffer is first in assists (96), second in points (258), third in goals (162), and is third in man-up goals (24) … senior Hunter Davis is first in game-winning goals (27), second in goals (167), is second in man-up goals (25), third in points (232), and eighth in assists (65) … senior J.D. Beck is second in caused turnovers (87) and is 14th in ground balls (143) … senior Brendan McGrath is fourth in game-winning goals (10), fifth in points (187), fifth in goals (140), fifth in man-up goals (16), and is tied for 13th in assists (47) … junior Nick Roman is tied for seventh in caused turnovers (48) and tenth in ground balls (188) … senior Billy Sasso is third in career face off winning percentage (.599) and second in ground balls (379) … senior Kevin Witchey is fourth in caused turnovers (62), and ninth in caused turnovers per game (0.81).







The winner of today's game advances to the national quarterfinals (Elite Eight) where they will face the winner of Saturday's Cabrini/Springfield third round game on Wednesday, May 15. The site and time will be determined by the NCAA once the match up has been decided. Cabrini and Springfield are set for a 1:00 pm start in Randor, Pennsylvania.