FREDERICKSBURG, VA – The York College men's lacrosse team established a new school record with their 12th win of the season as the Spartans downed the University of Mary Washington 11-9 in Capital Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon in Fredericksburg, VA.
The Spartans improve to 12-3 overall and 4-1 in the CAC. Mary Washington falls to 7-5 overall and 1-3 in the CAC. The Spartans will play St. Mary's next Saturday for the second seed, and a first round bye, in the upcoming CAC tournament.
Not only did the Spartans earn the record-breaking win but sophomore Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) became just the fourth Spartan to go over 100 career goals. The sophomore has reached the 100-career goal mark in just 31 career games. He now has 101 career goals and his 135 points ranks him fourth on the Spartans' all-time scoring list.
The Eagles jumped on top early but the Spartans ripped off five straight goals to seize a 5-1 lead with 9:04 remaining in the second quarter. Five different Spartans scored during the run as York seized the momentum. After an Eagle goal at the 7:40 mark, Hutson and Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) tallied back-to-back goals to push the York lead to 7-2. The Eagles scored with 2:19 left in the second but Hutson struck for his 100th career goal with just three seconds left in the half as the Spartans took an 8-3 lead to the break.
The Spartans pushed the lead to 10-3 on goals from James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana) and Hutson. That's when the Eagles started a furious comeback. Mary Washington scored three goals over the final 3:30 of the third quarter, cutting York's lead to 10-6.
Freshman Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) halted the Eagle run with a goal at the 12:47 mark of the fourth quarter before the Eagles scored the final three goals of the game to provide the Green and White with a two-goal margin of victory.
Hutson led the Spartans with five points on four goals and one assist. Hutson notched his four goals on just six shots. Gamble and Lowe each added three points on a pair of goals and an assist. Andrew Thomas (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford) tallied two points on one goal and one assist.
Daniel Schuck (Leonardtown, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) won 16-of-24 at the face off X while he also scooped up a team-high nine ground balls.
Freshman Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) notched his second straight stellar performance with 16 saves. Abney had 17 saves in Wednesday's CAC win over Frostburg State.
Paul Tunick led the Eagles with four goals while Luke Dick had two goals and 11 ground balls. Griffin Burke had two goals off the bench for UMW.
Zack Del Grosso recorded 13 saves in his 60 minutes in net for the Eagles.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was pleased with his team's performance in the key road victory.
"I thought we played really well today at a tough place to play," said the Spartan mentor. "We shot the ball well early and then played some great defense against some really long Mary Washington possessions. I though we did a good job at getting some key ground balls. It was a great game between two evenly matched teams."
The Eagles outshot the Spartans 46-30 while they also had a 50-39 advantage in ground balls. York won 16-of-24 face offs while the Spartans went 19-of-22 on the clear.
The Spartans are now off until they travel to St. Mary's next Saturday for a CAC contest. The winner of the game will be the second seed in the conference tournament while the loser will be the third seed and host a first round tournament game on Wednesday, April 24. First face off next Saturday is set for 3:00 pm in St. Mary's City, MD.