York College men's lacrosse team in NCAA quarterfinals
The seventh-ranked York College men's lacrosse team made history on Saturday as they earned a 12-5 victory over No. 20 Washington & Lee in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III tournament in York.
The win advances the Spartans in the national quarterfinals for the first time in school history. The Spartans improved to 18-3 overall while the Generals' season comes to a close at 16-4.
The Spartans will now host Gettysburg on Wednesday for the right to advance to the national semifinals.
Andrew Gamble (three goals, two ground balls, one caused turnover), Thomas Pfeiffer (two goals, one assist), Cameron Leech (one goal, two assists, one ground ball), Josh Kluver: (five ground balls, four caused turnovers), Jake Katchmark: (10 for 17 at the X, four ground balls) and Caleb Abney (nine saves) were York's statistical leaders.
The 18 wins continues to increase the school record, the previous record of 16 was set by the 2014 Spartans.
Tthe win improves York's record to 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament with all three wins coming at Kinsley Field.
The victory over the Generals is the first in the four game series for the Spartans as York entered the game 0-3 versus W&L.
The Spartans outscored the Generals 7-1 in the second half after leading 5-4 at the intermission.
The Spartans trailed 2-0 and that is the first time they have trailed in a game since the second quarter of the April 16 game at Christopher Newport.
The Spartans had scored first in their previous four games.
Senior defender Josh Kluver's four caused turnovers pushes his season total to a career-high and school-record 42 as he now has a school-record 138 for his career.
Kluver now has 185 ground balls which rank him seventh on the Spartans' all-time list.
York was not called for a penalty in the game as they now have just one penalty for one minute in their two NCAA Tournament games.
York now has won five straight while the loss snaps W&L's win streak at six.
The Generals entered the game having won 14 of their last 15 games.
The Spartan win is their second straight over a conference champion as the Generals won the ODAC this spring.
The Spartans are now 33-11 at home under the guidance of York head coach Brandon Childs.
Childs is now 66-28 in his five years at the helm of the Spartan program,
Senior goalie Caleb Abney earned his 53 career win as he improves to 17-2 this season.
The Spartans limited ODAC Rookie-of-the-Year A.J. Witherell to just one assist and one shot in the game after the outstanding freshman entered the contest having scored 54 points on 33 goals and 21 assists in 19 games.
The Spartans went 1-of-2 on the man-up as they scored their first man-up goal since the CAC championship game win over Salisbury.
York outshot the Generals 48-26 including 16-3 in the second quarter.
The Spartans won the ground ball battle 33-22 while York also won 13 of 21 face offs.
York forced 18 W&L turnovers including seven in the second quarter.
The Spartans were perfect on the clear until a failed clear turnover inside the final five minutes of the game as they finished 15-of-16 in the game.
Andrew Gamble's three point game marks the 12th time this year he has three or more points in a game.
Gamble leads the Spartans in scoring with 59 points on 39 goals and 20 assists.
What's next: The Spartans will host #5 Gettysburg College in York's first ever appearance in the national quarterfinals on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Spartans edged the Bullets 9-7 on March 9 in York. The winner of the game advances to the national semifinals on Sunday, May 22 at the sight of the higher seed.