McGrath Records Six Goals as #5 Spartans Cruise to Opening Win

Brendan McGrath photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography
Brendan McGrath photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photography

LEXINGTON, VA – The #5 York College men's lacrosse team had an explosive first half en route to a season-opening 10-4 win at #20 Washington & Lee on Saturday afternoon in the rain in Lexington, Virginia.

Junior Brendan McGrath had a huge day with seven points as the Spartans have now won four straight season opening games


Game #1

Final Score: #5 York 10 - #20 Washington & Lee 4

Records: #5 York 1-0 , #20 Washington & Lee 0-1

Shots: York 42, W&L 21

Shots on Goal: York 19, W&L 9

Saves: York 5, W&L 9

Face Off Wins: York 8, W&L 10

Ground Balls: York 25, W&L 21

Turnovers: York 11, W&L 18

Caused Turnovers: York 5, W&L 6

Man Up: York 1-for-4, W&L 1-for-5

Penalties: York 5 for 4:00, W&L 4 for 3:30


How it Happened:

• The Spartans could not have gotten off to a better start to the season and to the game. Junior Brendan McGrath opened the scoring just 2:48 into the game as he scored an unassisted goal, giving York the 1-0 lead. McGrath pushed it to 2-0 just under three minutes later as he scored off a pass from Thomas Pfeiffer.

• The Green and White kept their foot on the accelerator when Dillon Hannah made it 3-0 on an unassisted goal with 6:47 left in the period. Less than a minute later, freshman Jake Hvazda picked up his first collegiate goal with an unassisted goal as the York lead grew to 4-0. McGrath capped a fantastic first quarter with a goal off a pass from Ryan Cook with 1:49 left in the first. McGrath finished the quarter with three goals for the Green and White.

• The Spartan offensive onslaught continued in the second quarter. McGrath opened the scoring 1:05 into the period. Hunter Davis added his first goal of the year at the 9:45 mark off a pass from McGrath. Then McGrath concluded a brilliant half with his fifth goal of the game as York took an 8-0 lead to the break. McGrath had a five goals and one assist for six points in the opening half. 

• While the Spartan offense was spectacular, the defense was their equal. The Generals were limited to just eight first half shots as the Spartans forced eight W&L turnovers in the opening 30 minutes of action. York also forced three failed clears in the first half for the hosts.

• The Generals finally got on the board early in the third quarter as Mike Weaver found the back of the net with 12:22 left in the third. Jack Ware notched a man up goal five minutes later, cutting York's lead to 8-2.

• York got one of those goals back as Pfeiffer scored a man-up goal off a pass from Dylan Wolf with 5:18 remaining in the third.

• W&L scored first in the fourth before McGrath concluded his outstanding afternoon with his sixth goal of the day. The Generals closed out the scoring with a Jed Londrey goal with 4:51 left in regulation to provide for the final six goal margin of victory for York.


Spartan Leaders:

Brendan McGrath: 6 goals, 1 assist, 11 shots, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Thomas Pfeiffer: 1 goal, 1 assist, 8 shots

Hunter Davis: 1 goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Jake Hvazda: 1 goal, 1 shot

Nick Roman: 6 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Joey Fiorino: 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Billy Sasso: 8-for-17 FO, 3 ground balls


Generals Leaders:

A.J. Witherell: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Jed Londrey: 1 goal, 2 ground balls

Mike Weaver: 1 goal

Jack Ware: 1 goal, 2 ground balls

Will Atkins: 4 ground balls

Drew Barnard: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Kyle Gifford: 3 caused turnovers

Jack Hodgson: 10-for-18 FO


Goalie Comparison:

Landry Marshall (YCP): 60:00 minutes, 4 goals against, 5 saves (Win, 1-0)

Will Atkins (W&L): 60:00 minutes, 10 goals against, 9 saves (Loss, 0-1)


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 6-1 in season openers under head coach Brandon Childs … the series against the Generals is tied at 3-3 as York has won the last three straight in the series … York is now 11-8 all-time in season openers during the 19 year history of the program … York is now 5-8 in season openers on the road as they have won three straight away from Kinsley Field … Childs is now 84-33 as he begins his seventh year at the helm of the Spartan program … junior Brendan McGrath tied his career-high with seven points with his six goals and one assist in the win … senior Landry Marshall earned 18th career victory in net for the Spartans … sophomore Nick Roman notched a game-high six ground balls for the Spartans while he also forced a pair of turnovers … freshmen Jake Hvazda notched his first career goal while Dylan Wolf recorded his first career point with his assist on the Thomas Pfeiffer goal … York doubled up the Generals in overall shots 42-21 …the game was much different than last year's season opener as York edged the Generals 12-11 on a Hunter Davis goal with 1:11 left in the game … York has reached double figures in their last three wins against the Generals (12 in 2016 NCAA Tournament and 12 in last season's opener).


He Said It:

"I thought we played great defense," said head coach Brandon Childs. "I was really pleased with how the team was riding today. We missed some opportunities in the second half to stretch out the lead but we will get right back to work to make sure we capitalize next week."


Up Next:

The Spartans return to action next Saturday when they travel to Eastern University to face the Eagles in a non-conference contest. The game is slated for a 1:00 pm start in St. David's, PA.