YORK, PA – York College junior All-American Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) scored with 2:52 left in the second overtime to lift his Spartans to an 11-10 Capital Athletic Conference win over #17 Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon in York.
The #15 Spartans improve to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the CAC while the Eagles suffer their first loss, falling to 6-1 overall and 0-1 in the league.
The Spartans got off to an incredibly fast start after the Eagles got an early turnover and came up empty on a lengthy possession to start the contest. York's Joseph Joseph (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) opened the scoring with a tally at the 12:11 mark. The Spartans won the ensuing face off and Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) tallied an unassisted goal just under a minute later. Gamble struck for a second time 19 seconds later as York took a 3-0 lead with 10:57 remaining in the opening quarter.
The Eagles answered with a Luke Dick goal at 10:19 but Joseph found the back of the net again 40 seconds later as the scoring flurry continued. Mary Washington got back-to-back goals from Dick and Chip Pittard to trim York's lead to 4-3 late in the quarter.
The Spartans finished the quarter with a flourish as Tyler Davis (Westminster, Md./Finksburg) notched a pair of goals 13 seconds apart to give York a 6-3 lead heading to the second quarter.
The Eagles won the low scoring second quarter, outscoring York 3-1 as they trailed 7-6 at the break.
Mary Washington opened the third quarter with two goals in the opening 1:56 of the stanza to take an 8-7 lead. York tied the game on Joseph's third goal of the game with 8:43 left in the third. Pittard put the Eagles back on top of the last time with 3:56 remaining in the quarter. The Eagles outscored York 3-1 in the quarter as York was outscored in the third for just the second time this year.
York drew even at nine on a Davis goal just 42 seconds into the fourth. Hutson found the back of the net at the 10:49 mark to give York a 10-9 lead. UMW's John Bohlinger tied the game with five minutes left in regulation setting the stage for a crazy final four minutes of the fourth.
The Eagles fired off five shots in the next three minutes as Spartan netminder Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) recorded four saves before the Spartans could finally gain possession. The Spartans called timeout with 51 seconds left to set up a play. The Spartans' shot with 18 seconds left was saved as the Eagles countered back up the field. Dick fired off a shot with seven seconds left and Abney again came up huge with a save to force overtime.
In the first overtime, York gained the first possession with a face off win but couldn't get a good look as Hutson had a shot blocked at the 2:50 mark. The Eagles again peppered Abney as the Spartan sophomore was forced to make four saves over the next two minutes as the Eagles continued to pick up the ground ball off Abney's saves and get quality looks in the extra session. York got possession and called timeout with 29 seconds left but could just managed a forced shot from Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) as the first overtime expired.
In the second overtime, York won the face off and worked the ball around. Hutson's first shot of the second overtime was saved but the reigning CAC Player of the Year got a second chance and finished off the chance low and inside the left post for the win.
Abney was fantastic as the sophomore tied the school record for single-game saves with 27 in his 60:31 in net. He earned the win as he is now 6-1 for the year and 16-4 for his career. James Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) played 4:37 and notched two saves as the twosome combined to established a new single-game team record with 29 saves.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was impressed with the play of Abney.
"I think Caleb is a gamer and I think that he let some in early that he wished he had back," said Childs. "He used that to motivate himself and that's a sign of a really good goalie. Early in the game, he didn't really look like he was on his game but in the fourth quarter and overtime he was willing the ball out of our goal."
Zack DelGrosso suffered the hard luck loss as he registered 12 saves in his 65:08 of work. He allowed all 11 of the Spartan goals.
Davis had another huge day for the Spartans as the junior notched six points on three goals and three assists while he also had three ground balls. Joseph and Hutson each added three goals while Gamble had a pair for the Spartans.
Freshman Jake Katchmark (Centreville, Va./Westfield) was fantastic at the X for York as he went 20-for-25 in face offs while he also scooped up a game-high seven ground balls. Krolus added two assists and four ground balls to the Spartan effort.
Pittard had a big day for the Eagles as he tallied a game-high four goals. Bohlinger added three points on a goal and two assists with three ground balls while Dick notched a pair of goals for UMW. Charlie Webb had six ground balls as three caused turnovers for the Eagles.
Mary Washington outshot the Spartans 55-35 in the game while both teams accumulated 34 ground balls. The Spartans won 21-of-26 face offs while they committed 16 turnovers to just 10 for the Eagles.
Childs thought UMW played like the senior laden team they are.
"They are good and they have a lot of seniors," said Childs. "I thought that really showed up today. I thought they got a lot of 50/50 ground balls. They maintained possession. Their goalie made saves and their seniors played great. I thought at times we looked young and flustered."
Childs also felt the offense was better once they slowed down.
"Offensively, we had the kiss of death early on by scoring so quickly to start the game and then we started rushing. Once we started slowing down and being patient, good things started happening. I was pleased with what we did with the chances we had when we were a little more patient."
York heads to Marywood University on Wednesday evening when they face the Pacers in a non-conference contest. First face off is scheduled for 7:00 pm.