YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse squad had their school record seven game win streak snapped as they dropped an 11-8 decision to #2 Salisbury University in a Capital Athletic Conference contest on Saturday.
The Spartans, who are ranked 12th in the nation, fall to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in the conference. The Sea Gulls remain unbeaten at 9-0 while they are 2-0 in the league.
A big bright spot in the win came from junior Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) as he became the Spartans' all-time leading scorer with his second goal of the game with 9:23 left in the third quarter. He passed Josh Gamble and now has 176 career points in 42 games played. Hutson now has a school-record 134 goals and 42 assists for his 176 points.
The Green and White got off to a quick start with a Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) unassisted goal just over three and a half minutes into the game. The Gulls answered with goals from Rhett DePol and Donovan Lange as Salisbury lead 2-1 with just under eight minutes left in the opening quarter. York's Dakota Randall (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) cashed out a man advantage goal 28 seconds after Lange's goal as the Spartans tied the game at two.
Salisbury notched the final two goals of the opening quarter as they took a 4-2 margin to the second 15 minutes of play.
York cut their deficit to one on a Hutson's first goal of the day 1:55 into the second quarter. The Sea Gulls then hit the Spartans with a game-changing four-goal spurt that pushed the York deficit to 8-3 with 2:52 left in the first half. Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton) stopped the bleeding with an unassisted goal with 1:01 remaining in the half as York trailed 8-4 heading to the intermission.
York came out of the intermission and played well as Gamble and Hutson each scored in the first six minutes of the quarter, cutting York's deficit to 8-6. Salisbury answered those two tallies with goals from Brady Dashiell and Mike Kane to push the lead back to four at 10-6. Kane's goal was particularly painful for the Spartans as it came with just five seconds left in the quarter.
York made it interesting in the fourth as Joseph Joseph (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) and Gamble each scored in the first four minutes of the quarter, drawing York to within two with just under 12 minutes left in the game.
The Spartans had chances to get closer but committed six turnovers in the frame, which prevented them from getting any closer.
Salisbury got a big insurance goal from Thomas Cirillo with 6:41 left in the game and the Sea Gulls would have enough of the possession in the final minutes to kill off the win.
Salisbury outshot York 38-27 while they held a 34-29 margin in ground balls. The Gulls won 13-of-23 face offs while they only committed 10 turnovers in the win. York committed 16 turnovers including six in the fateful fourth quarter.
Spartan sophomore Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) recorded 19 saves in his 53:47 in net as he allowed the 11 Sea Gull goals. James Anderson (Pasadena, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) notched two saves in his 6:13 of work.
Alex Taylor earned the win for Salisbury as he made nine saves and allowed eight goals in his 60 minutes of action.
Salisbury got great production off the bench as seven of their 11 goals came from non-starters. Dashiell led the squad with three points on two goals and an assist. Sean Fitzgerald added a goal and an assist while Lange cashed in two goals for the Salisbury bench bunch. Kane had two goals for the Sea Gulls while Luke Phipps added two assists for a pair of points.
Preston Dabbs went 12-for-20 at the face off X for Salisbury while DePol notched a team-high eight ground balls. Josh Martin caused two Spartan turnovers and was credited with two ground balls.
Gamble powered the Spartans with three goals while Hutson added two including the record tally. Krolus was the other Spartan with multiple points with a goal and an assist.
Jake Katchmark (Centreville, Va./Westfield) went 10-for-22 at the face off X and collected a team-high six ground balls.
The Spartans will head out on the road as they begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Eastern University to face the Eagles in a non-conference contest. First face off is scheduled for 4:00 pm in St. David's, PA.
Tyler Hutson photo courtesy of Seth Nenstiel