YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team opened their home slate with a solid 13-7 win over McDaniel College in non-conference action on Saturday. The Spartans have now won three straight as they improve to 3-1 overall. The Green Terror falls to 0-2 with the loss.
Junior Tyler Davis (Finksburg, Md./Westminster) had a fantastic day as the attack tossed in a career-best six goals while he also had an assist for a career-high tying seven points in the home opening victory. The Spartans are now 3-0 under head coach Brandon Childs in home openers.
The opening 15 minutes of play was slow as neither team could get any substantial momentum. After nearly ten minutes of scoreless lacrosse, McDaniel's Pat Bivons opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 5:22 mark. The Spartans tied the game just over four minutes later as sophomore Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) notched his tenth goal of the year. Davis then recorded his first goal of the day off a feed from Chris Varela (Easton, Pa./Easton) with just 24 seconds left in the quarter.
The Green Terror hit the Spartans with a pair of goals to open the second quarter as McDaniel led 3-2 a mere 1:10 into the quarter. York responded in emphatic fashion led by Davis and Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill). Davis tied the game at the 12:46 mark to get the Spartans rolling. Gamble would then assist on consecutive goals as he fed Hutson for his ninth goal of the year at the 11:37 mark and then hit Davis for his third goal of the game with 6:24 left in the quarter. Davis ripped his third goal of the quarter with 3:34 left before halftime as the Spartan lead grew to 6-3. Sophomore Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) capped the first half scoring with an unassisted goal 1:25 before the half as York took a 7-3 lead to the intermission.
The third quarter was like it has been all season for York as they dominated another opponent as they outscored the Green Terror 4-1. Hutson started the scoring followed by a pair of Davis goals before freshman Taylor Tolbert (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) capped the quarter scoring with his second goal in as many games. The Spartans have now outscored their four opponents 17-3 in the third quarter this season.
The Green Terror bettered York 3-2 in the fourth quarter but it as academic as the Spartans had their third straight win over a Centennial Conference school in as many games.
In addition to Davis' big day, Hutson scored a pair of goals with an assist. Hutson is now one goal away from tying Josh Gamble's school record of 120 career goals. Randall added two goals for the Spartans while Gamble had a goal and an assist. Senior captain Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had two assists and a team-high six ground balls in the win.
Jake Katchmark (Centreville, Va./Westfield) recorded nine face off wins in 20 attempts while he also had four ground balls.
Bivons led the Green Terror with three goals on five shots. Zach Bicho notched two points on a goal and an assist while Patrick Serio, Sean Brett, and Troy Becker each scored a goal for McDaniel. Bicho won 13-of-17 face offs while he also had a game-high nine ground balls.
York's Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) picked up his third win of the year as he recorded ten saves in his 52:37 of work. He was responsible for all seven McDaniel goals. James Anderson (Pasedena, Md./Annapolis Area) played the final 7:23 and notched three saves in his scoreless stint.
Christian Dallmus suffered the loss for McDaniel as he allowed 11 goals in 41:26 of action. He was credited with five saves. Eric Ritchie played the final 18:34 and made five saves while he allowed two goals.
The Spartans outshot the Green Terror 32-28 while the Spartans were also efficient on the man up as they converted 2-of-3 opportunities. The Green and White won the ground ball battle 37-24 while McDaniel won 15-of-24 face offs for the game.
The Spartans are scheduled to return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Scranton to face the Royals in a non-conference contest. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 pm.