YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team put together a complete team performance as they outlasted #13 Washington & Lee 14-12 in the third round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Tournament in York on Saturday afternoon.
The Spartans have won 13 of their last 14 games as they advance to face Cabrini College in the national quarterfinals on Wednesday in York.
Game #21 – NCAA Tournament – Third Round
Records: #4 York (Pa.) 19-2, #13 Washington & Lee 16-5
Final Score: York 14, WLU 12
Shots: York 37, WLU 37
Shots on Goal: York 25, WLU 20
Ground Balls: York 32, WLU 23
Face Off Wins: York 18, WLU 12
Clears: York 13-for-13, WLU 15-for-16
Saves: York 8, WLU 11
Turnovers: York 11, WLU 11
Penalties: York 3-for-2:30, WLU 2-for-1:30
Man-Up: York 1-for-2. WLU 1-for-2
Caused Turnovers: York 5, WLU 4
How It Happened
• The first quarter featured a decidedly defensive tone as both teams struggled on the offensive end early. The Spartans finally opened the scoring with 7:26 left in the period as Hunter Davis ripped a shot from the left wing off a Gunnar Reynolds' pass to make it 1-0. Brad Casale made it 2-0 less than two minutes later as Jake Hvazda found Casale from the X and the senior ripped home the shot from in front of the cage to give York the 2-0 lead. The Generals broke into the scoring column with just 31 seconds left in the quarter as Garrett Mize fed a cutting Jack Ware who finished the chance in front of the cage for the Generals' opening tally.
• The second quarter took on a far more offensive complexion as the two squads got hot in the quarter. The flurry began with a Casale goal at the 12:17 mark. The Generals won the ensuing face off as Jed Loundry scooped up the ground ball and scored a mere ten seconds after Casale's goal. Not to be outdone, Billy Sasso won the next face off, raced down and fed Davis for a goal just seven seconds after Loundrey's goal. The Generals answered with a pair of goals to tie the game at four with 8:50 left in the half. Brendan O'Sullivan converted a man-up goal off a feed from Thomas Pfeiffer with 5:24 remaining in the second. Mize closed out the first half scoring as he executed a wrap-around goal with 36 second left in the half as the teams went to the intermission tied at five.
• York opened up the third quarter by scoring three of the first four games of the period. Casale bounced a shot into the goal off a Pfeiffer pass at the 12:13 mark to give York the one goal lead. A.J. Witherell answered with a running line drive shot 43 seconds later, tying the game at six. Sasso won the ensuing face off, tight walked the near sideline before finding Tyler Nation who flipped a pass to Davis who finished off the chance 17 seconds after Witherell's goal to give York a lead they would not relinquish. Dylan Wolf put in a five-hole shot less than two minutes later to give York an 8-6 lead. The teams traded two goals each over the final nine minutes of the half as York took a 10-8 lead to the fourth.
• York opened the fourth with three straight goals from Reynolds, Ryan Kennedy, and Davis to take a 13-8 lead, their largest advantage of the game. Kennedy's goal was a big one for York as it looked like York was going to be pressed into a turnover as the play clock was running low on the clear. Kennedy recognized W&L goalie Jack Taylor had pushed up in the ride, leaving the goal open. Kennedy ripped a long shot that took a pair of bounces before finding the back of the cage for his first career goal.
• The Generals had one last run in them as they ripped off three straight goals in just 1:06 to suddenly cutting York's led to 13-11. Witherell started the run with a man-up goal. Jack Hodgson followed with a face off win and a goal ten seconds later. Witherell followed with another goal 56 seconds later as the Generals cut the York lead to two.
• Sasso put an end to the General run with a face off win followed by a goal to push York's lead back to three. Mize closed out the scoring at the 2:34 mark but the Spartans won the next face off and killed off the remaining two plus minutes of the game.
Hunter Davis: 4 goals, 4 ground balls
Brad Casale: 3 goals, 1 ground ball
Gunnar Reynolds: 1 goal, 3 assists
Jake Hvazda: 1 goal, 2 assists
J.D. Beck: 3 caused turnovers, 1 ground ball
Billy Sasso: 17-for-29 at the X, 11 ground balls, 1 goal, 1 assist
Danny O'Connell: 3 ground balls
Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 assists, 1 ground ball
A.J. Witherell: 3 goals, 2 ground balls
Garrett Mize: 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball
Jake Ware: 2 goals, 1 assist
Paul Callahan: 3 ground balls
Jed Loundrey: 1 goal, 5 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Jack Michael (YCP): 60:00 minutes played, 12 goals against, 8 saves (Win, 19-2)
Jack Taylor (WLU): 60:00 minutes played, 14 goals against, 11 saves (Loss, 16-5)
The Spartans are now 8-4 all-time in the NCAA Tournament including a 7-2 mark at Kinsley Field … the Spartans are now 2-0 against Washington & Lee in the NCAA tournament with both wins coming at Kinsley Field … the Spartans have won five in a row against the Generals as they now hold a 5-3 advantage in the all-time series … junior defenseman Ryan Kennedy tallied his first collegiate goal on his bomb from between midfield and the Spartans' defensive restraining line in the third quarter … Kennedy also had a caused turnover and a pair of ground balls in the win … senior Tyler Davis now has 80 points for the year as he has 55 goals and 25 assists while he now has a team-high nine game winning goals including the GWG's in both NCAA tournament games this year … senior Thomas Pfeiffer notched three assists in the win as he continues to lead York in scoring with 85 points on 51 goals and a team-high 34 assists … senior Brad Casale tied his career-high with three goals in the win, a total he reached last April against Mary Washington … the Generals are the first team the Spartans have played multiple time in the NCAA tournament … previous to today, York had 11 different NCAA Tournament opponents … York has now scored a combined 32 goals in their two NCAA games this tournament … both teams played a pretty clean game as both clubs recorded 11 turnovers … the 11 turnovers for York mark the lowest total of year (also 11 vs. Frostburg State in the CAC semifinals) … York was perfect on the clear (13-for-13) for the first time this year … the game was the final for Washington & Lee's all-time leading scorer A.J. Witherell as the attackman concluded his Generals career with 317 points on a school-record 191 goals and 126 assists.
The Spartans return to action on Wednesday when they host Cabrini in the national quarterfinals. The Cavaliers disposed of Springfield 15-8 in their third-round game on Saturday afternoon. The game time will be announced on Sunday. Please check back at www.ycpspartans.com for the game time.