Spartans Bounce Back and Roll Past Stevenson

Eric Ranck photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photograpy
Eric Ranck photo courtesy of David Sinclair Photograpy

OWINGS MILLS, MD – The fifth ranked York College men's lacrosse team used a dominating second half as they pulled away from host Stevenson to notch an 12-4 win in the final game of the 2019 Stevenson Mustang Classic on Saturday night. The Spartans outscored the #20 Mustangs 9-2 in the second half including 4-0 in the fourth quarter to remove all doubt. The win comes 24 hours after the Spartans suffered their first loss of the year, a 10-6 setback to #2 RIT in the tournament's opening round.

 

Game #8 – Stevenson Mustang Classic – Second Round

Records: #5 York {Pa.) 7-1, #20 Stevenson 1-5

Final Score: York 12, Stevenson 4

Shots: York 42, SU 33

Shots on Goal: York 27, SU 16

Ground Balls: York 33, SU 27

Face Off Wins: York 12, SU 8

Clears: York 16-of-19, SU 19-of-22

Saves: York 12, SU 15

Turnovers: York 12, SU 11

Penalties: York 3-for-2:30, SU 5-for-4:00

Man-Up: York 0-for-5, SU 0-for-3

Caused Turnovers: York 5, SU 5

 

How It Happened

• The opening half of the game featured strong goalie play that limited the offenses. Stevenson opened the scoring with a Lewis Anania goal 4:37 into the game. York answered with an Eric Ranck goal 59 seconds later, tying the game at one. Senior Thomas Pfeiffer closed out the first quarter scoring with an unassisted goal with 1:17 showing on the clock to give York the 2-1 lead.

• The Spartans outshot the Mustangs 20-8 in the first quarter but Mustang goalie Sam Ross was stellar with 10 saves in the period.

• The game would be without another score for almost 14 minutes of game time. Brendan McGrath finally broke the second quarter scoring seal with a goal off a pass from Dylan Wolf with 2:57 left in the half. Stevenson got their lone goal of the second quarter as Shane Ford tallied his first goal of the year with 1:05 left in the first half.

• York gained significant offensive traction in the third period as they scored the first five goals of the quarter to push out to an 8-2 lead. Ranck started the scoring with his second goal of the night. Brad Casale followed with an unassisted goal while Hunter Davis, Pfeiffer, and Davis again kept the offense rolling. The Mustangs closed out the third quarter with a pair of goals to cut the Spartan lead to 8-4. York scored on five of their seven shots in the quarter.

• The Green and White finished off the game with a 4-0 advantage in the fourth quarter. Gunnar Reynolds, McGrath, Pfeiffer and Ames Clark scored for the Spartans while the defense held the Mustangs off the board over the final 15 minutes of play.  

 

Spartan Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls

Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 3 ground balls

Eric Ranck: 2 goals, 1 ground ball

Hunter Davis: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball

Billy Sasso: 10-for-18 at the X, 8 ground balls

Brad Casale: 1 goal, 4 ground balls, 1 caused turnover


Mustang Leaders

Jacob Tatum: 2 goals, 3 ground balls

Shane Ford: 1 goal

Lewis Anania: 1 goal, 1 ground ball

Dominic DeFazio: 3 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Seth Thornton: 5-for-13 at the X, 1 ground ball

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 58:10 minutes played, 4 goals against, 12 saves (Win, 7-1)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 1:50 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 saves

Sam Ross (SU): 60:00 minutes played, 12 goals against, 15 saves (Loss, 1-4)

 

Game Notes:

York has now won three straight against the Mustangs but Stevenson still leads the all-time series 13-4 … York is 3-4 against Stevenson under the guidance of head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans' average margin of victory over the Mustangs in their last three wins is eight goals per game while the Mustangs' margin of victory in their last four wins against the Spartans is 3.7 goals per game … York put a season-high 64.3% of their shots (27-of-42) on goal … York recorded 33 ground balls and that's the sixth time in eight games that the Spartans have had more than 30 ground balls in a game … the Spartans went 0-for-5 on the man up as they have not scored a man-up goal since netting two in the win over Gettysburg on March 6 … York committed a season-low 12 turnovers in the win … York tied its season low with four goals allowed … freshman keeper Jack Michael tied his career-high with 12 saves as he notched a career-best save percentage of 75% … the Spartans now have three players who have totaled 20 points for the year as Thomas Pfeiffer leads the way with 29 points, Hunter Davis has 28, and Brendan McGrath has 25 … McGrath leads the team with 21 goals while Davis and Eric Ranck lead the team with 12 assists each.

 

Up Next

The Spartans returns home to Kinsley Field for a two-game set next weekend. They open the weekend with a Friday night game against nationally ranked Cabrini College. The first face off will come at 7:00 pm. York will then host Bryn Athyn on Saturday night at 7:00 pm.

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