ST. DAVIDS, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team used 10 consecutive goals in the first half to explode to a 19-6 win at Eastern University on Saturday in non-conference action. The fifth-ranked Spartans received goals from 12 different players, and Thomas Pfeiffer notched a career-high five assists, tying the third-most in school history.
#5 York: 2-0
Shots: York 45, Eastern 19
Shots on Goal: York 33, Eastern 13
Saves: York 7, Eastern 14
Face Offs Won: York 20, Eastern 7
Ground Balls: York 36, Eastern 19
Turnovers: York 16, Eastern 19
Caused Turnovers: York 10, Eastern 10
Man Up: York 2-for-3, Eastern 1-for-4
Penalties: York 4-for-3:00, Eastern 3-for-2:30
How it Happened:
• In the first three minutes, Eastern jumped out front of the fifth-ranked Spartans, scoring at the 12:09 mark in the first quarter. It took less than two minutes for York to respond, getting a goal from Ryan Cook, his first on the season, on a man-up opportunity. The assist went to Thomas Pfeiffer, who finished with five assists on the game, tied for third-most in school history. Cook's goal started a run of 10 consecutive goals for York, scored by eight different players. Brendan McGrath scored twice in that stretch, as did Matt Whitcher. A pair of freshmen, Dylan Wolf and Jake Hvazda, earned goals as well to help York burst out to a 10-1 lead with just over two minutes to play in the first half. The Eagles got one back before half, but the Spartans led 10-2 at the break.
• York opened the second half much like how it finished the first. Hvazda scored his second of the game and third of the season within the first two minutes of the third quarter to push the lead to 11-2. Brendan O'Sullivan, another freshman, followed that with a goal with 11 minutes to play in the period, receiving a pass from Pfeiffer. McGrath took advantage of the next man-up opportunity to score his ninth goal of the early season, the assist going to Dillon Hannah.
• Brad Casale scored his second of the game before Eastern earned one back to end the third quarter. Whitcher scored again in the fourth quarter, along with Gunnar Reynolds, Wolf, Dylan Bodo and Ethan Locker, totaling 19 goals for York, cruising to another early-season win.
Thomas Pfeiffer: 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 shots, 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Matt Whitcher: 3 goals, 3 shots, 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
Brendan McGrath: 3 goals, 4 shots
Dylan Wolf: 2 goals, 1 assists, 4 shots
Jake Hvazda: 2 goals, 4 shots, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Billy Sasso: 17-for-21 at faceoffs, 10 ground balls
Jake Billera: 2 goals, 3 shots, 1 caused turnover
Matt Auletti: 1 goal, 4 shots, 1 ground ball
Mark Buannic: 1 goal, 4 shots
Jameal Hadeed (EU): 53:41 minutes played, 13 saves, 17 goals against (L, 0-1)
Brett McDonald (EU): 6:19 minutes played, 1 save, 2 goals against
York is now 6-1 all-time against the Eagles … the Spartans have won the last five meetings against Eastern, including an early-season victory last season … Thomas Pfeiffer recorded a career-high five assists … his five assists tie the third-most in school history … he finished with six points, matching a career high … senior Landry Marshall notched his 19th career victory in net … Billy Sasso won 17 of his 21 faceoffs and picked up 10 ground balls, one shy of his career high … he is 25-for-38 on the year … Brendan McGrath, after three goals, now has nine on the season, the most on the team … freshman Jake Hvazda has three goals, tied with Matt Whitcher for second-most.
The Spartans open their home slate at Kinsley Field next Saturday against McDaniel at 1 p.m. York is 4-3 all-time against the Green Terror, having won the last four meetings, the last one coming in 2016.