On the strength of a 6-0 run in the second half, the York College men's lacrosse team extended their season Sunday afternoon courtesy of a 9-8 comeback triumph over Mary Washington in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.
Avenging their home loss to the Eagles last Wednesday, the Spartans improved to 9-6 on the year and moved on to the CAC semifinals. The host Eagles bow out of the tournament at 10-5.
Facing a 7-3 deficit after a Mary Washington goal at the 11:40 mark of the third quarter, the Spartans embarked on their 6-0 spurt.
For the game, the Spartans put together a 15-for-19 performance in face-offs, led by Tyler Roy's 14-for-18 effort. Mary Washington did lead 41-30 in ground balls, but Spartans' coach Brandon Childs was pleased with York's work in these two areas.
"It was a great team effort," Childs said. "We did a great job in face-offs and ground balls."
Blake Bing and Tyler Hutson, who each proved instrumental in the 6-0 run, each posted three goals, while Hutson added an assist. B.J. Blaker registered a goal and two assists, while Tyler Davis and Corey Cooke each scored once. Seth Krolus collected four ground balls for York. In the goal, senior Tyler Powell recorded 13 saves, including three saves during the fourth quarter.
The fourth-seeded Spartans now travel to top-seeded Salisbury for a conference semifinal match on Wednesday afternoon. Salisbury is 17-0 and ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III.