YORK, Pa. – The York College men's lacrosse team saw their 2011 campaign come to a close on Sunday afternoon, falling 14-9 to visiting St. Mary's (Md.) in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. The Spartans conclude their season with a 10-6 mark while the Seahawks improve to 6-8 and move on to face top-seeded Stevenson in the semifinal round.
Dennis Rosson led the St. Mary's attack as he tallied five goals and one assist on the day. Rosson, who scored in each of the game's four quarters, proved exceptionally tough in individual situations as each of his goals were of the unassisted variety. Additionally, Albert Mitchell proved a huge key to the Seahawks win as he went 18-for-25 in face-offs, giving his squad numerous offensive possessions.
York got off to a quality start and held a 3-2 lead after the first 15 minutes, courtesy of a goal by John Dubois and two from Josh Gamble. The Spartans then extended that lead to 5-3 after the second quarter as Marcus Coppola and B.J. Blaker each found the back of the net.
It would be the second half however, that catapulted the Seahawks to victory. St. Mary's notched 11 goals over the final 30 minutes of play, outscoring the Green and White 5-2 in the third and 6-2 in the fourth.
After St. Mary's tied the score at 6-6 with 8:03 left in the third, Chris Lacy gave the visitors a lead they would not give back. With 7:31 showing on the third quarter clock, Lacy put the Seahawks up 7-6.
The Spartans would get as close as 8-7, on Justin Aita's 14th of the season with 1:00 to go in the third, but were unable to knot the score.
St. Mary's went on a 6-1 run in the fourth to solidify the victory and move on to the semifinals.
Despite the loss, goalkeeper Mike Karwoski put in a quality effort filling in for injured starter Tyler Powell. Karwoski made a career-high 17 saves on the day to keep the Spartans within striking distance for a majority of the contest.
In his final game with the Green and White, Gamble posted three goals to lead the Spartans offensively. The senior attack leaves the program as the school's all-time leader in points (175) and goals (120) while ranking second in assists (55).
The York squad now bids farewell to 12 senior student-athletes as Gamble, Travis Atwell, Adam Cooper, Patrick Coppinger, Kevin Carlson, Jason Underwood, Patrick Raymond, Brendan McLaughlin, Russell Tutt, Bob Braun, Bryce Johnston, and John Silverio. Over the last four seasons, the Spartans have put together a solid 35-29 overall record including a 16-13 mark in the CAC.
PHOTO: Senior attack Josh Gamble sets up one of his 120 career goals during a game against Wesley earlier this season. Courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com