Hughes, Evans Score Two Goals Each in Loss
YORK, Pa. -- Tyler Hutson scored the game-winning goal 28 seconds into the extra period as host 10th-ranked York College knocked off visiting fourth-ranked Washington College, 9-8, in overtime this afternoon in the men's lacrosse season opener for both schools.
York staked out a 2-0 lead as Dillon Hannah scored 4:04 into the contest off a Hutson assist and then assisted on an extra-man goal by Andrew Warburton with 9:32 remaining in the first quarter. The Shoremen got on the board when junior midfielder Sid Looney (Westhampton, N.Y./Westhampton) assisted on the first collegiate career goal by freshman attackman Tyler Powers (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) with 3:26 left in the first. The Spartans pushed the lead back to two goals when Huston scored off an assist from Andrew Gamble with 1:04 remaining in the period.
Hannah's second goal of the game gave the Spartans a 4-1 cushion with 10:16 to go in the second quarter. The Shoremen trimmed the margin to 4-2 with 5:51 remaining in the quarter on a goal by senior midfielder Grant Hughes (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes). The lead was quickly cut the one 43 seconds later as sophomore attackman Owen Evans (West Chester, Pa./Reed Henderson) scored off an assist from sophomore attackman Stephen Goff, Jr. (Prince Frederick, Md./Calverton School). York countered with an extra-man goal by Hannah off an assist from Warburton with 2:10 remaining before halftime to increase the Spartan lead to 5-3. York took that advantage into the intermission despite taking just 12 shots in the first half to the Shoremen's 22.
Washington opened the second half quickly as senior attackman Stephen Luck (Catonsville, Md./Boys' Latin) scored off an assist from senior midfielder Luke Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) just 38 seconds into the third period. The Shoremen pulled even with the Spartans at 5-5 when Looney scored with 11:44 left in the third. Hughes gave the Shoremen their first lead of the game at 6-5 when he scored off an assist from senior attackman Sam Birnbaum (Melville, N.Y./Half Hollows Hills East) with 10:21 on the clock. The score remained 6-5 until the Spartans evened things up on a goal by Hutson off an assist by Evan Godlewski with 1:47 to go in the period, but Washington quickly when back in front when Luke Birnbaum scored for the Shoremen just 14 seconds later to give them a 7-6 advantage through three quarters.
The Shoremen's first two-goal lead of the contest came just 14 seconds into the fourth quarter as Evans scored an extra-man goal off a Looney assist. York got back to within a goal when Hutson assisted on an extra-man goal by Ryan Cook with 5:42 left. York evened the game at 8-8 when Hutson scored in transition off an assist from Hannah with 15 seconds to go in regulation. Washington won the ensuing face-off but could not get a shot off before time expired and the game headed into overtime.
Hutson's game-winner came on a long shot off an assist from Gamble after Hannah picked off a Washington clearing attempt by Luke Birnbaum.
Huston led all players with six total points, finishing with a game-best four goals and two assists. Hannah added three goals and two assists. Warburton chipped in a goal and an assist for York. Evans and Hughes had two goals each in the loss for the Shoremen, while Looney tallied a goal and two assists and Luke Birnbaum had one goal and one assist.
Washington held a 45-30 advantage in shots in the game, but York goalies Caleb Abney and James Andreson were impressive throughout. Abney, the starter, made 16 saves and allowed six goals, while Andreson, who plays on York's man-down unit, made five saves and allowed two goals. Senior goalie Andrew Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made his first collegiate start for the Shoremen and made 10 saves, nine of them coming in the second half.
The Shoremen held a 36-25 advantage in ground balls, won 11 of the game's 19 face-offs, and committed five fewer turnovers than the Spartans (17 to 22).
The Shoremen open their home schedule Saturday with a 12:00 p.m. non-conference home game against 14th-ranked Washington and Lee.