Spartan Men Square Off Against High-Scoring Stockton in NCAA Second Round Wednesday

Photo Courtesy of Scott Guise
Photo Courtesy of Scott Guise

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team begins their stay in the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Kinsley Field. The Spartans, who are the two seed in the south region, will face Stockton University on Wednesday at 4:00 pm. Stockton advanced to the second round of the tournament thanks to their 20-9 romp over Morrisville State on Tuesday afternoon.

The Spartans are playing in their fourth straight NCAA Tournament and their fifth overall. Last year, the Spartans advanced to the national quarterfinals where they fell to #1 RIT in Rochester.



#4 York (Pa.): 17-2

Stockton: 18-2



Head Coach: Brandon Childs – 8th Season (119-38, .760%)

National Ranking: #4 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll

Spartan Offensive Leaders

Thomas Pfeiffer: 76 points, 48 goals, 28 assists, 5 man-up goals, 30 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers, 1 GWG

Hunter Davis: 74 points, 49 goals, 25 assists, 3 man-up goals, 21 ground balls, 7 GWG

Brendan McGrath: 48 points, 38 goals, 10 assists, 2 man-up goals, 30 ground balls, 4 GWG

Dylan Wolf: 31 points, 14 goals, 17 assists, 2 man-up goals, 11 ground balls

Spartan Defensive Leaders

J.D. Beck: 29 caused turnovers, 37 ground balls

Ryan Kennedy: 25 caused turnovers, 42 ground balls

Kevin Witchey: 22 caused turnovers, 28 ground balls

Nick Roman: 16 caused turnovers, 50 ground balls

Spartans at the X

Billy Sasso: 209-for-334 (62.8%), 122 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 2 goals, 2 assists

J.T. Kidd: 61-for-93 (65.4%), 28 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 1 goal

Spartan Goaltending

Jack Michael: 1,016:17 minutes played, 119 goals against, 7.03 goals against average, 151 saves, 57.6% save percentage, Record of 17-2



Head Coach: Steve Gartelman – 10th Season (110-63, 63.6%)

Osprey Offensive Leaders

Luc Swedlund: 113 points, 95 goals, 18 assists, 9 man-up goals, 33 ground balls

Erik Anderson: 111 points, 59 goals, 52 assists, 4 man-up goals, 16 ground balls

Dante Poli: 82 points, 50 goals, 32 assists, 4 man-up goals, 26 ground balls, 12 caused turnovers

Eric D'Arminio: 51 points, 26 goals, 25 assists, 40 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers

Eric Ellis: 50 points, 25 goals, 25 assists, 4 man-up goals

Osprey Defensive Leaders

Logan Holleritter: 23 caused turnovers, 57 ground balls, 5 points, 3 goals, 2 assists

Ryan Bradley: 17 caused turnovers, 54 ground balls, 1 goal, 1 assist

Chris Holleriter: 16 caused turnovers, 29 ground balls

Kevin Matheny: 14 caused turnovers, 62 ground balls, 2 goals, 1 assist

Osprey at the X

Matt Thermann: 226-for-397 (56.9%), 120 ground balls, 1 goal, 2 assists

JJ McKenna: 27-for-55 (49.1%), 29 ground balls, 26 points, 16 goals, 10 assists

Hogan Laskey: 18-for-38 (47.4%), 9 ground balls, 6 points, 3 goals, 3 assists

Osprey Goaltending

Justin Ruiz: 1,079:01 minutes played, 175 goals against, 9.73 goals against average, 234 saves, 57.2% save percentage, Record: 18-2


Tale of the Tape

Games Played: York 19, Stockton 20

Goals: York 243, Stockton 380

Assists: York 149, Stockton 239

Goals Per Game: York 12.79, Stockton 19.0

Shots: York 845, Stockton 1,061

Shooting Percentage: York 28.8%, Stockton 35.8%

Shots on Goal: York 519, Stockton 332

Shots on Goal Percentage: York 61.4%, Stockton 60.8%

Man Up Goals: York 19, Stockton 36

Ground Balls: York 680, Stockton 683

Turnovers: York 315, Stockton 354

Caused Turnovers: York 191, Stockton 167

Face Offs: York 275-of-441, Stockton 321-of-621

Clears: York 330-of-403, Stockton 361-of-435

Goals Against: York 136, Stockton 184

Goals Against Average: York 7.16, Stockton 9.16

Save Percentage: York 56.0%, Stockton 57.2%





You have to go all the way back to 2008 to find the last time the Spartans and Osprey met in men's lacrosse. The Spartans picked up a 19-10 win over Stockton on March 8 at Kinsley Field. It's the only meeting in the history of the two programs.  



The Spartans making their fifth tournament appearance and the Spartans are 6-4 in their previous four appearances … all five of the Spartans' trips to the NCAA tournament have come under the guidance of head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans are 5-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament at Kinsley Field … York has never played Stockton or any CSAC team in the NCAA Tournament.



The York College men's lacrosse team placed a school-record tying nine players on the two All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse squads as announced Monday afternoon by the league office. In addition to the nine players, head coach Brandon Childs was named the CAC Coach of the Year and freshman goalie Jack Michael was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Childs earned the award for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall in his Spartan career. Michael is the second Spartan to earn the Rookie of the Year award joining Tyler Hutson in 2014. The Spartans had five players earn first-team All-CAC honors. Seniors Hunter DavisThomas PfeifferBrad CasaleJ.D. Beck, and Kevin Witchey were all recognized as first-team all-stars. Senior Billy Sasso, freshman Jack Michael, and juniors Danny O'Connell and Nick Roman were picked as second-team honorees.




The Spartans have a number of players whose names are all over the all-time career lists … senior Thomas Pfeiffer is first in assists (93), second in points (252), third in goals (159), and is third in man-up goals (24) … senior Hunter Davis is first in game-winning goals (26), second in goals (165), is second in man-up goals (25), third in points (230), and eighth in assists (65) … senior J.D. Beck is second in caused turnovers (86) and tied for 14th in ground balls (141) … senior Brendan McGrath is fourth in game-winning goals (10), fifth in points (184), fifth in goals (139), fifth in man-up goals (16), and 14th in assists (45) … junior Nick Roman is tied for seventh in caused turnovers (48) and tenth in ground balls (186) … senior Billy Sasso is third in career face off winning percentage (.599) and third in ground balls (373) … senior Kevin Witchey is fifth in caused turnovers (59), and 11th in caused turnovers per game (0.78).







The winner of today's game advances to the third round of the tournament on Saturday, May 11. The winner will face the winner of the Washington & Lee and Piedmont at the higher remaining seed.