SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 1 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team hosted No. 12 York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday in the Capital Athletic Conference championship game and fell to the Spartans, 10-9.
York (Pa.) opened up the first quarter by building a 3-0 lead with goals from Andrew Gamble, Brendan McGrath, and Dillon Hannah.
Nathan Blondino broke the scoring column first for Salisbury at 4:22 with a shot he put low past York keeper, Caleb Abney, from about 12 yards out.
Just as time was fading in the opening stanza, with two seconds, left Thomas Cirillo cut into the York lead, burying his 50th goal of the season.
The Spartans opened up the second quarter with two-straight man-up goals in the first five and a half minutes to build their lead to three before Salisbury responded.
Christian Ottenritter stopped the York run 16 seconds after a Spartan tally as Andrew Ternahan came away with the groundball off the faceoff and moved it over to Ottenritter. With no one picking him up, Ottenritter went down the right alley and put it in with a shot on the run.
McGrath would add one more for York to bring its halftime lead to 6-3.
Salisbury started making some noise in the third quarter as Carson Kalama scored two minutes in, showing some smooth stick work before burying it on the crease.
After a York score, Nick Garbarino added two in a row to make it a one-goal game. On Garbarino's second tally in the stretch, Cirillo was carrying the ball behind the net, going to his right side, and threw the ball back across his body to Garbarino who was at a severe angle out on the left wing. Garbarino sold the low shot but put it in the top-left corner for the tally.
York regained a two-goal cushion as Gamble added another to make it 8-6 going into the final quarter.
Garrett Reynolds scorched one from 15 yards out just over four minutes into the fourth to once again make it a one-goal game, but Gamble once again had an answer as he and Hunter Davis both scored to put York up three, with five and a half minutes to go.
Making things interesting as time was not on their side, the Gulls got goals from Garbarino and Blondino at 1:44 and 1:17, but the Gulls could not complete the late comeback.
Colin Reymann got the nod in net for Salisbury and suffered his first loss of the season, while stopping 10 shots – his fourth-straight double-digit save performance. Abney also stopped 10 shots, picking up the win for York.
T.J. Logue had a breakout performance for Salisbury, as the freshman tied with Kyle Tucker for the game high in groundballs with five and went 11-for-16 from the faceoff dot. Tucker also led the Gulls with three caused turnovers.
With the win, York wins its first ever CAC championship and earns the CAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Salisbury, the region's top-ranked team, will now await a likely at-large bid into the tournament when the selection show takes place on Sunday, May 8 at 9 p.m.