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Huge Third Quarter Powers Spartans Past Eagles

Brendan McGrath photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith
Brendan McGrath photo courtesy of Ryan Griffith

YORK, PA – The seventh-ranked York College men's lacrosse team used an eight goal third quarter to break open a close game as the Spartans cruised past Eastern University 18-8 on Saturday in York. The Spartans outscored the Eagles 12-3 in the second half after York held a slight 6-5 lead at the break.


Game #2

Records: #7 York (Pa.) 2-0, Eastern 0-1

Final Score: York 18, Eastern 8

Shots: York 55, Eastern 35

Shots on Goal: York 33, Eastern 19

Ground Balls: York 45, Eastern 33

Face Off Wins: York 18, Eastern 11

Clears: York 14-for-20, Eastern 13-for-18

Saves: York 11, Eastern 15

Turnovers: York 23, Eastern 19

Penalties: York 2-for-1:30, Eastern 4-for-2:30


How It Happened

• Eastern jumped out to an early lead as they struck for a pair of goals in the opening nine minutes of the game. The Spartans got a pair of Brendan McGrath goals to tie the game with 47 seconds left in the first period. Eastern's Mark Buannic found the back of the net with five seconds left in the first period to give the Eagles a 3-2 advantage.

• The Spartans tied the game early in the second quarter on a Dylan Wolf goal. The Eagles responded with another Buannic goal and a Braxton Brent tally as the Eagles led 5-3. York ended the quarter strong as McGrath, Hunter Davis, and McGrath again each scored to give York the halftime lead.

• The Green and White blew the game open in the third quarter as they outscored Eastern 8-1. Davis scored 43 seconds into the second half. Anthony Yeoman found the back of the cage for the Eagles at the 12:50 mark to cut the Spartans lead to 7-6. That's when the Spartan offense went off. York scored seven straight goals to end the period. McGrath, Brad Casale, and Thomas Pfeiffer each scored two goals on the run while Davis scored the other for York.

• While the offense was cooking, the defense, led by goalie Jack Michael, started to lock down the Eagles, allowing the offense to put the game away.

• The Spartans scored the first two goals of the fourth quarter to increase the run to nine goals as the lead ballooned to 16-6. The teams each got a pair of goals in the final 8:14 of the game to provide for the Spartans' final 10 goal margin of victory.


Spartan Leaders

Brendan McGrath: 7 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls, 9 shots

Hunter Davis: 3 goals, 5 assists, 2 ground balls

Thomas Pfeiffer: 3 goals, 2 assists, 4 ground balls

Dylan Wolf: 2 goals, 1 assist 1 ground ball

Billy Sasso: 15-for-20 at the X, 6 ground balls, 1 assist

Ryan Kennedy: 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers

Danny O'Connell: 6 ground balls


Eastern Leaders

Mark Buannic: 2 goals, 3 ground balls

Trent Ashton: 3 goals, 6 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers

Zach Bauer: 6-for-16 at the X, 4 ground balls

Cole Millard: 4 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers


Goalie Comparison

Jack Michael (YCP): 55:23 minutes played, 7 goals against, 9 saves (Win, 2-0)

Jordan Hickman (YCP): 4:37 minutes played, 1 goal against, 2 saves

Brett McDonald (EC): 60:00 minutes played, 18 goals against, 15 saves (Loss, 0-1)


Game Notes:

The Spartans are now 6-1 all time against the Eagles as the have won five straight … Senior Brendan McGrath tied his own school record for goals in a game as he netted seven on just nine shots in the victory … the seven goals in a game has been done four other times in school history as McGrath did it against Aurora on February 25, 2017 … former Spartan All-American Tyler Hutson scored seven goals twice in his career while Adam Cross set the record first on April 12, 2005 against Misericordia … McGrath's nine points is tied for second on the single-game list … five other Spartans have reached nine goals in a game with senior Thomas Pfeiffer reaching the mark twice … McGrath needs three more points to reach 150 for his career as he now has 110 goals and 37 assists in 52 games for his career … junior Danny O'Connell notched a career-high six ground balls in the win … Pfeiffer is all alone in third place on the Spartans' all-time scoring list with 183 points … he trails Andrew Gamble by 40 points for second place … senior Hunter Davis passed Josh Gamble for third place on the all-time goals list as he now has 121 goals for his career … McGrath moved into seventh place on the all-time goal scoring list, passing Ryan McNicholas as McGrath now has 110 career goals.  


Up Next

The Spartans return to action next Saturday when they head out for their first road contest on the young season. York will travel to take on McDaniel College with game time scheduled for 1:00 pm in Westminster, Md.

Spartan Athletic Communications Intern Nicky Clauter contributed to this story