YORK, Pa, -- The Bryn Athyn College men's lacrosse team faced its first-ever ranked opponent in program history, going toe-to-toe with sixth-ranked York (Pa.) College Saturday night on Kinsley Field. Shane McCurdy would score a pair of goals, but the Lions would fall to the host Spartans 13-4.
Bryn Athyn (1-5) got off to a sluggish start as the Lions would be outshot by the Spartans (9-1) 14-4 and trailed 4-0 after 15 minutes of play. Hunter Davis scored the first two goals of the evening and Thomas Pfeiffer notched one goal and three assists.
The Spartans would extend the lead to 7-0 with three straight goals in the opening 4:02 of the second quarter. James Vandegrift would stem the tide and get Bryn Athyn on the board with 2:28 left before halftime. Jimmy Koniecki picked up an assist on Vandegrift's team-leading 15th goal of 2019.
The third quarter had a similar feel to it as York opened by scoring three consecutive goals to widen the gap to 10-1 with 2:32 left. McCurdy and Cameron Leech managed to pull two goals back for the Lions in the final 1:37 of the quarter to bring Bryn Athyn within seven.
In the final quarter, York put three more goals on the board to take a game-high 10-goal lead with 5:52 left in the contest. McCurdy scored Bryn Athyn's final goal on the man-up at the 1:12 mark to produce the final margin. Leech picked up an assist on McCurdy's seventh goal of the year.
In addition to Davis, Jacob Wilhelm, Brett Altenburg, and Nate Johnnie all scored twice for the Spartans.
Bryn Athyn goalie Brad DePasquale recorded a career-high and program-record 20 saves. York played three goalies during the contest. Jack Michael was in goal in the first quarter and made three saves to get the win. Jordan Hickman stopped four shots during the second and third quarters, while Finn Campbell was beaten on the only shot he faced in the fourth.
York owned a 45-16 advantage in shots and a 53-20 edge in ground balls.
Bryn Athyn begins Colonial States Athletic Conference play when the Lions travel to Centenary (N.J.) on Saturday, March 30 at noon in Hackettstown, N.J.