The York College men's soccer team parlayed a successful weekend stay in Newport News, Va., into a No. 2 ranking in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division III poll.
It's the year's first regular-season poll and was announced Tuesday.
The Spartans went from being unranked in the preseason poll to the second spot thanks to a pair of big wins at the 2012 Joe Pombriant/CNU Classic hosted by Christopher Newport. The Spartans downed Virginia Wesleyan 5-1 and then defeated No. 13 Christopher Newport 2-1 to win the tournament championship for the fifth time.
Trinity (Texas) earned the top spot while Loras, Ohio Northern and Amherst round out the rest of the top five.
Capital Athletic Conference rival Salisbury made its 2012 poll debut at No. 12 after going 2-0 over the weekend.
The Spartans are ranked first in the South Atlantic Region while Salisbury sits second. William Paterson, who will visit York this coming weekend, is third.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday and Sunday when they host the Holiday Inn Conference Center Classic in York. The Spartans take on McDaniel in the first semifinal on Saturday while Paterson squares off against Susquehanna in the second semifinal. The consolation game is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Sunday, followed by the title tilt at 3:30 p.m.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTES
YORK WOMEN LOSE IN VOLLEYBALL: The York College women's volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss to Franklin and Marshall Wednesday night in its 2012 home debut at Wolf Gym. The Diplomats improved to 4-0, while the Spartans fell to 1-3. The game scores were 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21. Sophomore Katie Huston paced the Spartans with 10 kills and hit .348 for the night. She also added 10 digs. Senior Melissa Patterson recorded eight kills, four digs and three block assists. Freshman Allie Donahue handed out 27 assists and had eight digs. Senior Ashley Rineman recorded a team-high 21 digs.
SPARTANS FALL IN FIELD HOCKEY: York College senior Sandee Reich scored her second goal in as many games, but it wasn't enough to beat visiting Gettysburg College on Wednesday at Kinsley Field. The Bullets garnered a 3-1 win. The Spartans fell to 1-2, while the Bullets improved to 3-0. Holly Martin had an assist for York.
YORK, ELIZABETH TOWN BATTLE TO TIE IN WOMEN'S SOCCER: Elizabethtown and York played to a 0-0 double-overtime stalemate in women's soccer in the Blue Jays' home opener Wednesday night. Elizabethtown is now 2-0-1. York is 1-0-2. York's Melanie Glessner made four saves for her third shutout in three games. Glessner, a sophomore, extended her scoreless streak to 310 minutes to start the season. E-Town had an 18-7 edge in shots.