#2 Spartans Ride Great Defensive Effort to CAC Championship Game

Ryan Kennedy photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Ryan Kennedy photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The second ranked York College men's lacrosse team showed little rust in fashioning a dominating defensive performance in their 10-3 win over Frostburg State University in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament semifinals on Wednesday in York.

The Spartans, who last played last Tuesday, advanced to their fourth straight Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship game as they will host a familiar foe in #3 Salisbury on Saturday afternoon in York.  

 

Game #18 – Capital Athletic Conference Semifinals

Records: #3 York (Pa.) 17-1, Frostburg State 10-8

Final Score: York 10, FSU 3

Shots: York 46, FSU 31

Shots on Goal: York 27, FSU 17

Ground Balls: York 40, FSU 25

Face Off Wins: York 9, FSU 6

Clears: York 22-of-23, FSU 18-of-28

Saves: York 13, FSU 17

Turnovers: York 11, FSU 25

Penalties: York 3-for-2:00, FSU 5-for-3:30

Man-Up: York 0-for-5, FSU 1-for-3

Caused Turnovers: York 13, FSU 3

 

How It Happened

• The Spartans set the tone early in the game as they looked fresh after having seven days off. The Green and White opened the scoring 46 seconds into the game as Hunter Davis recorded an unassisted goal to get York on the board. Fellow senior Thomas Pfeiffer made it 2-0 as he notched an unassisted goal 1:25 later. The Spartans won the ensuing face off and Pfeiffer found a streaking Brendan McGrath who had a spectacular finish to put York up 3-0 a mere six seconds after Pfeiffer's goal. Davis scored the Spartans' fourth goal at the 8:25 mark and Gunnar Reynolds closed out the first quarter scoring with a goal just 32 seconds before the end of the quarter.

• York dominated the first period, outscoring the Bobcats 15-6 while they forced six turnovers and won four of six face offs.

• The scoring pace slowed in the second quarter. Davis struck for another early goal as this time he scored 48 second into the period. Freshman Eben Ordakowski pushed the lead to 7-0 with 3:54 remaining in the half. Frostburg's Paul Ruppert got the Bobcats on the board with 57 seconds left in half as he converted a man-up opportunity. York's lead was 7-1 at the half.

• The Bobcats outscored York 2-1 in a very offensively challenged third quarter. McGrath to the Spartans on the board with just four seconds left in the quarter to prevent the Green and White from getting blanked in the quarter.

• York closed out the scoring with fourth quarter goals from Billy Sasso, off the opening face-off the quarter, and Davis with 7:38 left in the game.

 

Spartan Leaders

Hunter Davis: 4 goals, 3 ground balls

Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Thomas Pfeiffer: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover

Billy Sasso: 8-for-14 at the X, 6 ground balls, 1 goal

J.D. Beck: 3 caused turnovers, 3 ground balls

Ryan Kennedy: 5 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

 

Bobcat Leaders

Paul Ruppert: 2 goals

Gavin Schattal: 1 goal

Michael Sipes: 1 assist

Shawn Winans: 2-for-4 at the X, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover

Sam Natvig: 4-for-11 at the X, 3 ground balls

 

Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 57:25 minutes played, 3 goals against, 12 saves (Win, 17-1)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 2:35 minutes played, 0 goals against, 1 save

Jack Marks (FSU): 58:11 minutes played, 10 goals against, 17 saves (Loss, 9-7)

Cory McAndrew (FSU): 1:49 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 saves

 

Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 10-1 all-time against Frostburg State as they won both meetings this year and have won six straight in the series … the game was the last game for the Bobcats as a member of Division III as they are reclassifying to Division II starting next September … the Bobcats are leaving the CAC at the conclusion of the academic year … the Spartans are now 10-18 all-time in the CAC Tournament … York is now 5-5 all-time in the CAC semifinals … York is now 8-6 under head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans tied their season high with 13 caused turnovers as they now have done that in three games including the last two in a row … the Spartans have allowed just a combined seven goals in their last two games … York has held six opponents to under five goals this year including two in a row … the Spartans recorded 13 saves as a team and freshman Jack Michael had 12 of those saves … the Spartan defense has nine games of double digits saves for the year … the Spartans reached 40 ground balls or more for the eighth time this year … the Spartans registered a season-low 11 turnovers in the win … York has gone 22-for-23 in clears in back-to-back games … the Spartans will make their fifth Capital Athletic Conference championship game appearance with all five coming against Salisbury … the Spartans are 1-3 in the CAC championship game … the three goals scored by the Bobcats are the lowest ever allowed in a CAC tournament game by the Spartans … the Spartans forced 25 turnovers and that ties the second highest total of the year, tying the 25 forced against Washington and Lee and again against Southern Virginia but second to the 26 forced at Susquehanna.

 

Up Next

The Spartans will host Salisbury University in the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference championship game on Saturday, May 4. Game time will be determined on Thursday. Please check the Spartan website for the game time announcement.  

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