The 20th-ranked York College men's lacrosse team kept its unbeaten start to the season going on Wednesday and scored its biggest upset of the season in the process.
The Spartans traveled to Salem, Virginia to take on the No. 10 Roanoke and left with a 12-6 victory.
With the game tied 4-4 going into the halftime break, York (4-0) came out and dominated the third and fourth quarters, outscoring the Maroons (3-1) 8-2 over the final 30 minutes to hand them their first loss of the year.
The two teams traded scores in the opening two quarters, with neither team holding more than a one-goal advantage in the first half. But, the Spartans came out and scored the first five goals in the third quarter to open up a 9-4 lead and after conceding the final goal before the end of the third quarter, responded by scoring the first three goals of the fourth quarter. At that point, York held a 12-5 lead with less than a minute to play.
Andrew Gamble, Joe Lomady and Brendan McGrath each scored two goals to help pace the Spartan offense. In total, nine different York players scored in the game. In the circle, goalie Caleb Abney stopped 12 of 18 shots that Roanoke shot his way.
The Spartans have a week off until their next game, when they return home to face Gettysburg College at 3 p.m.
Baseball loses again: The slow start to the new baseball season continued for York on Wednesday, as it dropped a 9-3 decision to Methodist in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
The game entered the sixth inning tied 2-2, but the Spartans (1-6) allowed seven of the game's final eight runs over the final three innings to lose. Four of those runs came in the top half of the ninth inning, with the game still within reach for York, trailing just 5-3 going into the final frame. But, the big inning for Methodist put the game out of reach for the Spartans to rally in the bottom half of the inning.
Sean Mohollen and Christian Bilan were the only York hitters to record RBI's in the game. Jeff Noss pitched a strong game as the Spartans starter, going 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits, a walk and striking out seven.
The loss is York's fourth in a row.
The Spartans will conclude their Myrtle Beach trip on Thursday afternoon with a rematch against Catholic, who defeated York on Tuesday, 8-2. First pitch for that game is scheduled for noon.