The York College men's lacrosse team will almost certainly continue its climb up the NCAA Division III rankings after it upset No. 5 Gettysburg (2-2) on Wednesday afternoon at home, 9-7.
The No. 11 Spartans (5-0) entered the game fresh off a 12-6 upset of then-No. 10 Roanoke on March 2.
"It's a good win, our guys are just focused on one game at a time," York head coach Brandon Childs said after beating the Bullets. "As cliché as it sounds, it's really been our MO ... just trying to win the next one. And they're a good team, and that's what makes it big, is that we had to bring everything for 60 minutes."
Controlling ground balls and possessions helped York create its separation after trailing at the half.
Trailing 5-4 to start the third quarter, York knotted things up when Joey Fiorino found the back of the net on his only shot attempt of the game. After the goal, a break in the action saw a pair of penalties assessed on the Bullets, giving the Spartans a man advantage
Just under a minute later, the Spartans took advantage, working a patient possession that culminated with Andrew Gamble's second goal of the game to put York ahead, 6-5.
The Bullets tied it up again late in the third, but the Spartans answered back with a pair of goals in the final two minutes to give York an 8-6 lead heading into the final 15 minutes of play.
The Spartans finished the game with a 30-21 margin in ground balls, and also forced 12 Bullet turnovers. The Spartans were more careful, only surrendering six turnovers. They also out shot Gettysburg, 32-28.
After the teams played to a 1-1 tie in the first quarter, both teams found their footing and the scoring picked up in the second quarter.
York's Austin Glab kicked off a spree that saw three combined goals in 57 seconds with his fifth goal of the season. The Bullets' Tommy Heller responded with a pair of goals to close the stretch with his team leading 3-2. Each team added two more goals to give Gettysburg its halftime lead.
"I think the key was we had the ball. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense that's patient and disciplined," Childs said. "In the second half we just won a lot of the ground balls and that allowed us to control the pace of the game."
York saw two-point efforts from Joseph Joseph (goal, assist), Gamble (two goals) and Glab (goal, assist). Heller (two goals) and Blake Gray (goal, assist) led the way for Gettysburg.
Reigning Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week Caleb Abney recorded 12 saves in net to earn the victory. James Anderson added four more saves to the Spartans' total.
Tim Brady made 15 saves in goal for the Bullets.
The win also serves as a measure of revenge for the Spartans. Last season, in the first-ever meeting of the programs, the Bullets defeated York, 12-6.
Childs credits the Spartans' team culture for the improvements that led to turning things around for the second meeting.
"We have a lot of depth," Childs said. "We played three different midfield lines, four or five attack men, so our depth has made our practices competitive.
"Our culture is so good right now. I have the luxury of a window that overlooks this field, and all day long I look out and just see my guys working on their game between classes. The difference between last year and this year is what goes on behind the scenes, the every-day stuff leading up to (the games)."
Next up for the Spartans is a March 16 home contest against Elizabethtown.
York College women’s lacrosse team rolls: The York College women’s lacrosse team continued its hot start to the season on Wednesday, rolling past Dickinson, 10-3, in Carlisle.
The Spartans (4-1) jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first half. The Devils fell to 1-1. Brittany Noell scored four goals for the Spartans, while Caitlin Rankin and Melissa Meehling each had two. Rachel Donovan earned her first win in the cage for York, stopping five of the eight shots she faced.
York College baseball team continues to struggle: The York College baseball allowed multiple runs in four innings against Rutgers-Camden on Wednesday, en route to a 14-2 loss in its home opener.
The Scarlet Raptors improved to 3-0. The Spartans fell to 2-9. Sean Mohollen and Steve Miller were responsible for the only offense in the game for York, each driving in a run.
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