YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team will face another familiar foe in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament as the Spartans will host #6 Cabrini University on Wednesday night in York.
The Spartans and Cavaliers played earlier this year with York picking up an 11-7 win at Kinsley Field. The Cavaliers are riding a 12-game win streak while the Spartans have won 13 of their last 14 games.
#4 York (Pa.): 19-2
#6 Cabrini: 19-2
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Head Coach: Brandon Childs – 8th Season (121-38, .763%)
National Ranking: #4 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll
Spartan Offensive Leaders
Thomas Pfeiffer: 85 points, 51 goals, 34 assists, 5 man-up goals, 32 ground balls, 9 caused turnovers, 1 GWG
Hunter Davis: 80 points, 55 goals, 25 assists, 3 man-up goals, 28 ground balls, 9 GWG
Brendan McGrath: 51 points, 39 goals, 12 assists, 2 man-up goals, 33 ground balls, 4 GWG
Dylan Wolf: 33 points, 15 goals, 18 assists, 2 man-up goals, 12 ground balls
Brad Casale: 31 points, 25 goals, 6 assists, 30 ground balls, 2 GWG
Spartan Defensive Leaders
J.D. Beck: 33 caused turnovers, 40 ground balls
Ryan Kennedy: 29 caused turnovers, 49 ground balls
Kevin Witchey: 26 caused turnovers, 31 ground balls
Nick Roman: 16 caused turnovers, 54 ground balls
Spartans at the X
Billy Sasso: 238-for-385 (61.8%), 139 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 3 goals, 3 assists
J.T. Kidd: 68-for-103 (66.0%), 32 ground balls, 1 caused turnover, 2 goals
Jack Michael: 1,136:17 minutes played, 142 goals against, 7.50 goals against average, 172 saves, 54.8% save percentage, Record of 19-2
SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS
Head Coach: Steve Colfer 19th Season (264-69, .793%)
National Ranking: #6 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll
Cavalier Offensive Leaders
Jordan Krug: 97 points, 63 goals, 34 assists, 8 man-up goals, 35 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers
Jakob Klein: 74 points, 31 goals, 43 assists, 4 man-up goals, 25 ground balls
Kyle Tucker: 54 points, 42 goals, 12 assists, 3 man-up goals, 24 ground balls
Bill Morgan: 52 points, 42 goals, 12 assists, 12 man-up goals, 18 ground balls
Tyler Kostack: 42 points, 26 goals, 16 assists, 6 man-up goals, 13 ground balls
Cavalier Defensive Leaders
Tommy DeLuca: 55 caused turnovers, 71 ground balls, 3 goals, 1 assist
Kyle Myers: 22 caused turnovers, 47 ground balls, 2 goals, 2 assists
Nick Vass: 21 caused turnovers, 31 ground balls
Sean Wagner: 19 caused turnovers, 41 ground balls
Cavaliers at the X
Luke McCallion: 194-for-322 (60.2%), 84 ground balls, 4 goals, 4 assists
Jake Huey: 92-for-135 (67.6%), 51 ground balls, 1 assist
Matthew Ries: 28-for-54 (51.9%), 17 ground balls, 2 assists
Riley White: 1038:27 minutes played, 105 goals allowed, 6.07 goals against average, 147 saves, 58.3% save percentage, Record of 19-2
Tale of the Tape
Games Played: York 21, CU 21
Goals: York 275, CU 362
Assists: York 167, CU 214
Goals Per Game: York 13.10, CU 17.24
Shots: York 920, CU 1,117
Shooting Percentage: York 29.9%, CU 32.4%
Shots on Goal: York 573, CU 606
Shots on Goal Percentage: York 62.3%, CU 60.6%
Man-Up Goals: York 21, CU 47
Ground Balls: York 757, CU 855
Turnovers: York 342, CU 320
Caused Turnovers: York 206, CU 270
Face Offs: York 311-of-503, CU 334-of-559
Clears: York 361-of-437, CU 388-of-444
Goals Against: York 159, CU 129
Goals Against Average: York 7.57, CU 6.14
Save Percentage: York 55.0%, CU 59.0%
LAST TIME WE MET
For the second straight NCAA Tournament game, the Spartans will host a team they faced earlier in the season. The Cavaliers and Spartans locked horns in a March 22 night game at Kinsley Field as the Green and White pulled out an 11-7 win.
The game was a tale of two halves as York led 6-0 at the half and 10-2 at the end of the third quarter. The Cavaliers made it interesting as the dominated the fourth quarter, outscoring York 5-1 to provide for the 11-7 final score.
Senior Thomas Pfeiffer led the way for the Spartans with seven points on three goals and four assists. Fellow senior Hunter Davis added two goals and an assist while senior J.D. Beck had five ground balls and three caused turnovers for the Spartans. Senior Billy Sasso went 18-for-21 at the X as he also had eight ground balls. Freshman Jack Michael made 13 saves in 60 minutes between the pipes for York.
The Cavaliers were led by Mike Gerzbek as he notched a trio of goals while Bill Morgan added two goals for Cabrini. Tommy DeLuca had nine ground balls and seven caused turnovers for the Cavaliers. Riley White made 13 saves for Cabrini.
The Spartans had a huge advantage at the X as York won 18-of-21 total face offs as York also had a 44-38 edge in total shots. York did turn the ball over 17 times with nine of those miscues being forced by the Cavaliers.
SPARTANS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
The Spartans making their fifth tournament appearance and the Spartans are 8-4 in their previous four appearances … all five of the Spartans' trips to the NCAA tournament have come under the guidance of head coach Brandon Childs … the Spartans are 7-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament at Kinsley Field … York has never faced Cabrini in the NCAA Tournament … the Spartans and Cavaliers met for the first time in program history in their game earlier this season.
The York College men's lacrosse team placed a school-record tying nine players on the two All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse squads as announced Monday afternoon by the league office. In addition to the nine players, head coach Brandon Childs was named the CAC Coach of the Year and freshman goalie Jack Michael was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Childs earned the award for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall in his Spartan career. Michael is the second Spartan to earn the Rookie of the Year award joining Tyler Hutson in 2014. The Spartans had five players earn first-team All-CAC honors. Seniors Hunter Davis, Thomas Pfeiffer, Brad Casale, J.D. Beck, and Kevin Witchey were all recognized as first-team all-stars. Senior Billy Sasso, freshman Jack Michael, and juniors Danny O'Connell and Nick Roman were picked as second-team honorees.
The Spartans have a number of players whose names are all over the all-time career lists … senior Thomas Pfeiffer is first in assists (99), second in points (261), third in goals (162), and is third in man-up goals (24) … senior Hunter Davis is first in game-winning goals (28), second in goals (171), is second in man-up goals (25), third in points (236), and eighth in assists (65) … senior J.D. Beck is second in caused turnovers (90) and is 14th in ground balls (144) … senior Brendan McGrath is fourth in game-winning goals (10), fifth in points (187), fifth in goals (140), fifth in man-up goals (16), and is tied for 13th in assists (47) … junior Nick Roman is tied for seventh in caused turnovers (48) and is tied for ninth in ground balls (190) … senior Billy Sasso is third in career face off winning percentage (.598) and second in ground balls (390) … senior Kevin Witchey is fourth in caused turnovers (63), and ninth in caused turnovers per game (0.81) … the Spartans' 19 wins ties a program record set last year … the Spartan senior class is 73-13, good for a winning percentage of 84.8% … the 73 wins is a school record by nine wins over last year's senior class that won 64 games … head coach Brandon Childs is now 121-38 in his eight years at the helm of the program.
The winner of Wednesday night's game will advance to the national semifinal on Sunday, May 19. The winner of the York/Cabrini game will play the winner of the Salisbury/Denison quarterfinal game on Sunday. The site and time of the game will be determined Thursday at the conclusion of the two quarterfinal matchups. On the other side of the bracket, Tufts hosts Amherst while RIT hosts Williams.