ELIZABETHTOWN, PA – The second-ranked York College men's lacrosse squad ended their 2019 regular season with a 13-4 road win at Elizabethtown College on Tuesday afternoon. The win pushes the Spartan win streak to ten as they finished the regular season with a mark of 16-1.
Records: #2 York (Pa.) 16-1, Elizabethtown 8-7
Final Score: York 14, Etown 4
Shots: York 42, Etown 24
Shots on Goal: York 29, Etown 10
Ground Balls: York 36, Etown 26
Face Off Wins: York 12, Etown 9
Clears: York 22-for-23, Etown 21-for-25
Saves: York 6, Etown 16
Turnovers: York 13, Etown 23
Penalties: York 5-for-3:00, Etown 1-for-0:30
Man-Up: York 0-for-1, Etown 2-for-5
Caused Turnovers: York 13, Etown 6
How It Happened
• The Spartans dominated the first quarter to put a stranglehold on the game early. Reigning CAC Men's Offensive Player of the Week Hunter Davis got the Spartans on the board 57 seconds into the game as he scored off a pass from Jake Hvazda. Thomas Pfeiffer made it 2-0 just under four minutes later as he notched an unassisted goal. Eric Ranck and Davis, for a second time in the quarter, closed out the first period scoring as York led 4-0 after one.
• Davis opened the second quarter scoring with a goal 30 seconds into the period. Hvazda pushed the lead to 6-0 with an unassisted goal at the 11:24 mark. The Blue Jays finally got on the board thanks to a Cody Richter man-up goal at the 9:09 mark. Pfeiffer notched his second goal of the game to close out the first half scoring as the Spartans led 7-1 at the break.
• The Green and White came out of the break and removed all doubt as they scored the opening three goals of the period to take a 10-1 lead. Hvazda scored the first goal and Brendan McGrath scored the next two to give York the nine-goal lead. The Blue Jays scored the next three goals in the game bridging the third and fourth quarters to cut the York lead to 10-4.
Hunter Davis: 3 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover
Jake Hvazda: 2 goals, 3 assists
Thomas Pfeiffer: 2 goals, 2 ground balls
Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 1 ground ball
Eben Ordakowski: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball
Eric Ranck: 1 goal, 1 assist
Tyler Nation: 5 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
Kevin Witchey: 2 caused turnovers, 2 ground balls
Billy Sasso: 9-for-16 at the X, 5 ground balls
Blue Jay Leaders
Cody Richter: 2 goals, 2 ground balls
Nick Cost: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball
Jeremy Klipple: 2 ground balls, 2 caused turnovers
Jeff Bloom: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Jack Michael (YCP): 57:29 minutes played, 4 goals against, 6 saves (Win, 16-1)
Jordan Hickman (YCP): 2:31 minutes played, 0 goals against, 0 saves
Tom Mahoney (EC): 60:00 minutes, 13 goals against, 16 saves (Loss, 8-6)
The Spartans are now 4-1 all-time against the Blue Jays as they have won four straight in the series … the Spartans have posted an average margin of victory of 6.2 goals per game … the Spartans won the ground ball battle 36-26 as they have won the ground ball total in 14 of their 17 games … York had just 13 turnovers in the game as they have done a great job of taking care of the ball in the last three games as they are averaging 13.6 miscues per game while they are averaging 17.1 turnovers per game for the regular season … the Spartans won 64.4% (259-of-402) of their face offs for the year … the Spartan offense has been solid this year as they are second in points per game (21.65), third in goals per game (13.29), and second in assists per game (8.35) in single season history … York's 16 wins is already fourth on the single-season list, three short of the school record of 19 set last year … senior Thomas Pfeiffer's 2019 season ranks him fifth in single-season points (74), 11 points short of the school record that he set last year … Pfeiffer's 47 goals ranks him eighth on the all-time single season list … senior Billy Sasso has recorded a career-best 115 ground balls which ranks him fifth on the single season list … the Spartan senior class closes out their final regular season with a mark of 70-12 over the last four years … that is the highest four-year win total in school history.
The Spartans are not off until next Wednesday when they host the 2019 Capital Athletic Conference semifinals. Their opponent won't be determined until after this Saturday when the other seven teams in the league play the conference quarterfinals. Game time for the semifinal game will be announced on Monday.