LANCASTER – The York College men's lacrosse team picked up an impressive 13-5 non-conference win at Franklin & Marshall College on a brisk and sunny Wednesday afternoon in Lancaster.
The Spartans dominated the second 30 minutes of play, when they outscored F&M 7-1.
The Spartans have won two straight and improved to 2-1, while the Diplomats fell to 0-2.
Tyler Hutson led the Spartans with a five-point day. The junior captain tallied four goals while he also had an assist. James Lowe contributed four points on two goals and two assists while the reigning CAC Offensive Player of the Week, Andrew Gamble, had two goals and an assist. Dakota Randall and Tyler Davis each added three points. Randall had a goal and two assists while Davis had three assists in the win.
Freshman Tyler Fields led a strong defensive effort for the Spartans, collecting a team-high four ground balls. Andrew Thomas forced two turnovers while he also had a ground ball for York. Freshman Jake Katchmark went 11-for-19 at the X while he also had two ground balls for York.
The defense was key for the win according to Spartan head coach Brandon Childs.
"We have some really good short stick defensemen and we left those guys on an island today and they played great," Childs said. "F&M has a bunch of guys with slick sticks and high lacrosse IQs, so we just wanted to defend the inside first. When you don't have to slide, it's a little easier to defend the inside. It really starts there for the close defense and they did a great job of talking. I thought Josh Kluver did a great job on their best player. I thought Tyler Fields was the difference in the middle of the field today. He stepped up huge for us."
Caleb Abney notched his second win of the year as he registered 12 saves in his 60 minutes of work. Abney allowed five goals but kept the Diplomats off the board in the final 21:37 of the game.
The Spartans make their long awaited home debut on Saturday afternoon when they continue their tour of the Centennial Conference with a match against McDaniel. First face-off is scheduled for noon at Kinsley Field.