Spartans draw Eastern in first round of NCAA tourney


There was little anxiety surrounding the York College men's lacrosse team during the NCAA tournament bracket reveal on Sunday night.

That tends to happen when you know you're guaranteed to be in the main draw, like the Spartans were after winning the Capital Athletic Conference tournament and receiving an automatic bid.

So, the only drama surrounding Sunday night's reveal was who York would face, when and where.

Well, now it knows.

The Spartans (16-3) will face Eastern University on Wednesday at home.

York got to this point by shocking not only the CAC, but much of Division III by upsetting previously unbeaten and top-ranked Salisbury, 10-9, in the CAC title game on April 30. It was the first time the Spartans ever defeated the Gulls in program history, snapping a 22-match losing streak and handed Salisbury its first loss since the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament a year ago.

At the time, York was ranked 12th in the nation, but vaulted up to No. 8 in the final USILA Coaches Poll.

The CAC title was the first in program history and this is the second time in program history that the Spartans will take part in the NCAA tournament.

Wednesday's game at Kinsley Field will face off at 4 p.m.

Dillon Hannah of York College, tries to get pass Kyle Tucker of Salisbury University, during a lacrosse game at York College Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Salisbury won 17-5. Amanda J. Cain photo
Andrew Gamble is York College's leading scorer this season with 50 points on 32 goals and 18 assists.

The night wasn't nearly as relaxing for the York College women's team, which entered the night with a much more uncertain fate.

But, after waiting, the Spartans learned that they did in fact make the NCAA tournament field and will face Amherst College at Amherst College on Saturday.

York (12-6) loaded its schedule this year with top-notch programs and held its own, jumping out to a 7-3 mark. But, the team stalled some coming down the stretch, going just 5-3 over its final eight games, losing to Salisbury, 8-7, in the CAC semifinals.

No time has been announced for Saturday's NCAA tournament first round game at Amherst.