In the program's first appearance in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game Saturday, the York College men's lacrosse team lost at Salisbury, 12-4.
The Spartans, currently ranked No. 12 in the latest NCAA Division III rankings, came into the game as the No. 2 seed of the tournament looking to pull off the upset against top-seeded Salisbury, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the country. In the previous head-to-head matchup between the squads in the regular season back on March 8, York lost at home, 11-8.
Salisbury is also coming off an appearance in the D-III Final Four in last year's national tournament after having won the national title in 2011 and 2012. Saturday's win gave Salisbury its third CAC title in the last four seasons.
Salisbury (18-1) would have none of York's underdog attempt Saturday, as the Sea Gulls jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter and later led 8-2 at halftime. Salisbury pushed its advantage to 12-2 after three quarters and York (15-4) tacked on a pair of goals in the final period.
Salisbury kept York's two top scorers, Andrew Gamble and Tyler Davis, in check on the afternoon. Davis had just one goal while Gamble was held scoreless. Teammates James Lowe, Taylor Tolbert and Dennis Young accounted for the other three York goals.
Salisbury outshot York, 39-18. Spartans' starting goalkeeper Caleb Abney (15-4), who came into the contest with the 11th-best save percentage (.631) in all of D-III and the top mark in the CAC, played all but the final minute of action, collecting 10 saves.
The Spartans will now have to hope to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA D-III tournament, something the program has never competed to this point in its 15 years of competition.