Abney and Defense Fantastic as Offense Clicks in 17-1 Win

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team picked up its first Capital Athletic Conference win of the year in impressive fashion on Saturday as the Spartans blitzed Wesley 17-1 at a cold and windy Kinsley Field.

The Spartans have now won three straight as they improve to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the CAC. The Wolverines fall to 3-4 overall and 0-1 in the league. The Spartans have outscored their last three opponents 41-15.

The Spartans were very consistent all day as they scored four goals in the first, second and fourth quarters while they found the back of the net five times in the third quarter.

York was solid in all aspects of the game on Saturday. They held a 49-22 advantage in total shots, a 44-33 edge in ground balls while they went 2-of-4 in man-up situations.

Despite the lopsided score, Spartan goalie Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) was huge for the Spartans. The freshman came up with 12 saves in his 47:33 of work while he allowed just one goal. Since seizing the starting role in net, the 6'5" freshman is now 4-1 overall.

The Spartan offense was led by sophomore Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mills) as he tied his career-high with five goals while he also had a pair of helpers for seven total points. He also had four ground balls for York. Freshman Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) continued his hot streak with three goals and two assists for five points, as he has become a significant factor in the Spartan attack. Sophomore Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) also had a big day with three goals while Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) added a pair of tallies.

Junior midfielder Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) led York with five ground balls while he also had a goal and an assist. Senior Ryan Cassidy (Austin, Texas/Westwood) had three caused turnovers and four ground balls for York.

Paul Leonhauser scored Wesley's lone goal, an unassisted tally with 2:11 left in the third quarter. Kyle Funk had three caused turnovers and four ground balls for the Wolverines.

Matt Ryan went the distance in goal for the Wolverines as he made 15 saves in his 60 minutes of action.

Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was happy to get a conference win on Saturday.

"I thought we played pretty well today," said Childs. "We had awesome energy and enthusiasm today. Everyone who stepped foot on the field played hard and it translated in the score."

Childs also feels a special vibe with this current Spartan squad.

"The guys love to come to practice. They love game day, and we are just getting close as a team. You are better at anything when you enjoy it and the guys are just enjoying the heck out of it right now."

The Spartans are slated to return to action on Tuesday night with a non-conference trip to Misericordia. The game against the Cougars is scheduled for a 7:00 pm first face off.

Caleb Abney photo courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org