YORK, PA. – The Spartan men's lacrosse team had their stellar 2019 campaign come to a close as they fell 11-10 in overtime to Cabrini in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals in a thriller of a game on Wednesday evening.
Game #22 – NCAA Tournament – Quarterfinal
Final Score: #4 York (Pa.) 10, #6 Cabrini 11
Records: York (Pa.) 19-3, CAB 20-2
Shots: York 38, CAB 42
Shots on Goal: York 25, CAB 20
Ground Balls: York 34, CAB 26
Face Off Wins: York, CAB, 10
Clears: York 14-for-18, CAB 17-for-23
Saves: York 9, CAB 15
Turnovers: York 17, CAB 17
Penalties: York 1-for-0:30, CAB 2-for-1:30
Man-Up: York 0-for-2, CAB 1-for-1
Caused Turnovers: York 12, CAB 8
How It Happened:
• The first period was a defensive heavy period that set the tone for the first half as neither team was able to get much going on the offensive end. After a scoreless first 7:31 of the game, Brendan McGrath was able to find some space and fly one into the back of the net to start the scoring and give the Spartans the early lead. Cabrini would answer quickly just 57 seconds later as Jakob Klein would tie the game at the 6:32 mark. McGrath would strike again exactly five minutes later to push the Spartans back ahead as they led 2-1 after 15 minutes of play.
• The Spartans would dominate the second period shutting out the Cabrini offense in the quarter. The York defense would cause seven Cavalier turnovers and outshoot the Cavs 11-6 in the period as the Spartans would strike three times in the period. Thomas Pfeiffer would start the scoring off a beautiful pass by Hunter Davis in front of the face of the goal for the easy one-time strike by Pfeiffer. York would add two goals in the final 3:24 of the half with Ryan Kennedy and Brad Casale each finding the back of the net as the Spartans led 5-1 at the intermission having outshot the Cavaliers 26-11 in the first half.
• Cabrini would begin to claw back in the game in the third period as they dominated play offensively outshooting York 17-3 in the third quarter. The teams would trade goals the entire period with goals by Kyle Tucker, Nicholas Waligurski, and Jordan Krug by Cabrini and Jake Hvazda and Davis for the Spartans. York still held a three-goal advantage with just 15 minutes to play.
• The Cavaliers did not wait long to complete the comeback as they scored three unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter with two coming from Krug and the other from Tucker and it was a new game, tied 7-7, with 7:21 to play. Pfeiffer would stop the bleeding with a goal off a rebound to put the Spartans back up 8-7. Timmy Brooks for Cabrini would take advantage of York's lone penalty of the game with a man-up strike with 4:51 to go to tie the game back up. The teams would trade goals the rest of the way but Cabrini had the dagger with just 51 ticks left on the clock that would send the game to overtime.
• The Spartans would get possession first in overtime but a Cabrini defense who tightened up in the second half would force a Spartan turnover to take control back. The Cavaliers had been virtually unstoppable on offense in the second half, especially the fourth quarter, and would continue to generate quality scoring chances as Mike Gerzabek would score a diving goal while being pushed to the ground at the 2:18 mark in overtime to send the Cavaliers to the Final Four and end the Spartans season by an 11-10 score.
Hunter Davis: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover
Brendan McGrath: 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls
Thomas Pfeiffer: 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball
Dylan Wolf: 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball
Brad Casale: 1 goal, 1 assist
Ryan Kennedy: 1 goal, 3 ground balls
Nick Roman: 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers
Billy Sasso: 14-for-24 at the X, 4 ground balls
Kyle Tucker: 3 goals, 2 ground balls
Jordan Krug: 3 goals
Mike Gerzabek: 2 goals
Jakob Klein: 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover
Riley White: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Kyle Myers: 3 ground balls, 1 caused turnover
Jack Michael (YCP): 61:42 minutes played, 11 goals against, 9 saves (Loss, 19-3)
Skye Graham (CAB): 61:42 minutes played, 10 goals against, 15 saves (Win, 20-2)
The Spartans are now 8-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and 7-3 all-time at Kinsley Field … York has made the national quarterfinals three of the last four seasons … York is now 0-2 in the NCAA Tournament in overtime games with the other coming in the quarterfinals to Gettysburg in 2016 … this senior class made the NCAA Tournament four of the five times in school history … Cabrini was the 12th different opponent York has faced in the NCAA Tournament … York is now 1-1 all-time against Cabrini … the ten goals scored were the most in a loss this season for the Spartans … York's 17 turnovers was the most in a game since April 13 when they had 21 … the Spartans surrendered double-digit goals for the third straight game and just the sixth time all year … Thomas Pfeiffer ends his Spartans career with the second-most career points in program history with 264 points on 164 goals, third all-time, and 100 career assists, which is the most in school history … Pfeiffer also broke his own program record for single-season points with 88 … Hunter Davis ends his Spartan career is the second-best goal scorer in school history with 173 career goals after leading the team with 57 this season… Davis is also the school's all-time leader in game-winning goals with 28 … J.D. Beck concludes his stellar career with 91 caused turnovers, second-most in Spartan history … Beck also is the program's all-time leader in games played with 87 and Davis is the all-time leader in career starts with 86 … Billy Sasso ends his career as the all-time leader in faceoff wins with 759 and a .598 win percentage, good for third all-time … Brendan McGrath also finished as one of the most prolific scorers in program history with 190 career points and 142 goals, both fifth in school history.
The Spartans say goodbye to 11 seniors with their season coming to an end as Brad Casale, Kevin Witchey, Wyatt Barnett, Shane Brookhart, Hunter Davis, J.D. Beck, Billy Sasso, Thomas Pfeiffer, Brett Altenburg, Brendan McGrath, and Ryan Powers conclude their Spartan careers. They finish their careers with a combined 73-14 record and three appearances in the National Quarterfinals. The 73 wins are a school record for any class in school history.