The York College men's soccer team recently earned its fourth-straight Capital Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
Not surprisingly, the Spartans were prominently featured when the All-CAC teams were released on Thursday. York had a league-high seven All-CAC honorees, including the conference Rookie of the Year, freshman Matty Martinez.
York's Antonio Bua, Justin Facer and Aaron Beale each earned first-team accolades. Austin Johnson, Martinez, Matt Yackel and Susquehannock High School graduate Jesse Derksen earned second-team honors.
Martinez, who became an immediate starter for York, leads a Spartan defense that has allowed 14 goals in 21 games. Martinez also has one goal and one assist for three points. His
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig believes that Martinez is representative of a strong Spartan freshman class.
"Matty is the first in a line of very good first-year players," Ludwig said. "We have 12 freshmen on the roster this year and eight of them saw significant and consistent playing time throughout the year. Our freshman class is an area of strength."
Martinez is the sixth Spartan to earn the CAC Rookie of the Year award following Scott McDowell (2002), Chris Ports (2004), Kyle Marks (2005), Kemal Nusphahic (2008) and Yackel (2010).
Bua, a senior, is making his third appearance on the All-CAC squad after a strong senior year. The Spartan forward has notched 20 points on 10 goals. He is second in the conference in goal scoring and third in total points. Bua was a second-team selection after his sophomore year and a first-team selection in 2011. For his career, Bua has 66 points on 28 goals and 10 assists in 87 games.
Facer, a senior midfielder, is making his first All-CAC team. Facer has six points on two goals and two assists. For his Spartan career, he has recorded 27 points on 11 goals and five assists in 60 games.
Beale, a junior, has started all 21 of the Spartans' contests. Beale was also a first-team All-CAC selection last year. He anchors the defensive backfield that limited conference opponents to just three goals in six conference contests. Beale has played in 60 games as a Spartan and has scored 10 points on three goals and four assists.
Johnson, a junior midfielder, is third on the team in scoring with 14 points on five goals and five assists. It's his first All-CAC honor. He has now played in 41 games as a Spartan and has 19 points on six goals and seven assists.
Yackel, a junior defender, earns his first All-CAC accolade after being named the 2010 Rookie of the Year. He has handed out three assists. He has played in 58 career games with six points on a goal and four assists.
Derksen is closing out his Spartan career and is being recognized by the conference for the second time in his career. Derksen owns a 0.52 goals-against average and a .845 save percentage. He is first in the CAC in goals-against average, first in save percentage and first in total goals against. Derksen has five shutouts. Derksen is ranked 19th in the NCAA in goals-against average and 34th in save percentage. He did not play for most of last season for York.
"Jesse came back to the program and made a significant impact," Ludwig said. "He is one of the best goalkeepers in the region and has strengthened our team this year."
The Spartans open the NCAA Division III Tournament by hosting St. Joseph's of Long Island at 11 a.m. Saturday in the opening round of the tournament at Graham Field. The NCAA appearance for the Spartans is their eighth straight. Derksen received a red card in York's last game and will not be able to play in that game.
In the 14 years under Ludwig, the Spartans have now had 43 first-team All-CAC selections and 29 second-team picks.
Three York College women's soccer players honored: The York College women's soccer team had three players selected to the 2012 All-CAC teams on Thursday.
Junior Dale Mason, sophomore Melanie Glessner and sophomore Elizabeth Bunn each earned second-team accolades. All three players are first-time recipients of the honor and helped the Spartans finish the campaign at 8-3-7.
Mason was a key piece of the Spartan defense that finished the season ranked second in all of NCAA Division III. York ended the year with a .833 shutout percentage, with a school-record 15 shutouts in 18 games. Mason started all 18 games and recorded one assist. In her three years as a Spartan, Mason has started all 54 games she has played in.
Glessner, in her first season as a starter for the Spartans, was ranked No. 1 in the nation in goals-against average and save percentage for most of the season. She finished the year with York's single-season record for shutouts with 14.5. She was half a shutout away from tying the CAC single-season record of 15. Glessner led the CAC by a significant margin in save percentage and goals-against average. She also finished second in the nation in save percentage (.941) and fourth in the nation in goals-against average (0.31). She made a total of 95 saves.
"Melanie was simply the best goalkeeper we saw all season," York coach Vicki Sterner said. "Her statistics speak for themselves."
Bunn led the way for the Spartans on offense. She started all 18 games for York and finished the year with six goals, four of them game-winners. Bunn ended up in 11th place in the CAC for total season points with 12. In two seasons, Bunn has played in 35 games and made 33 starts. She has seven career goals.