The York College men's lacrosse team had 10 members honored when the 2014 All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Teams were announced on Thursday.
The Spartans placed six players on the first team, led by three-time first-team selection Tyler Hutson. Hutson is joined on the first team by sophomore attack Andrew Gamble, senior midfielder Seth Krolus, senior midfielder James Lowe, sophomore defender Josh Kluver and sophomore goalkeeper Caleb Abney. Junior short-stick midfielder Andrew Thomas and junior long-pole defender Tyler Fields earned second-team All-CAC honors.
York College head coach Brandon Childs was named the CAC Coach of the Year, while freshman Garrett Barker was tabbed as the conference Rookie of the Year.
Hutson makes his third appearance on the first team after being the CAC Rookie of the Year in 2012 and the conference Player of the Year last spring. This junior attack has tallied 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists. Hutson ranks fourth in the CAC points, second in goals and 19th in assists. Hutson is the Spartans' career leader in points (204) and goals (156), while he is fourth (48) in assists.
"Tyler has had another very good year for us," Childs said. "He was the focus of most of our opponents defensive game plans which made things tougher on him. He did a good job of not forcing things and facilitating for his teammates."
Gamble leads the Spartan with 68 points on 49 goals and 19 assists. His 68 points are already second on the single-season list while the 49 goals rank him fourth on the single-season chart. Gamble is third in the CAC in points but first in the league in goals scored.
"Andrew is so consistent," Childs said. "He is very steady and has provided us with another dangerous player in our attack. Andrew is very accurate and doesn't need many shots to do his damage."
Krolus is making his second appearance on the All-CAC first team. Krolus has notched 31 points on 13 goals and 18 assists in 18 games. He has collected 74 ground balls and caused eight turnovers. He is ranked fifth in the CAC in total ground balls. Krolus has notched 216 career ground balls, good for fourth on the all-time list.
"Seth continues to be a great two-way player in the midfield for us," Childs said. "His ability to make plays in the midfield is a huge part of our success. There are very few players that contribute to a team in the way Seth does."
Lowe earned his second All-CAC honor after being named a second-team selection last year. Lowe has notched 46 points on 25 goals and 21 assists. Lowe has climbed up to third on the Spartans' all-time scoring list with 152 points on 81 goals and 71 assists. Lowe is ranked ninth in the CAC in points, eighth in assists, and 11th in goals scored.
"James gives us an extremely explosive offensive player in the midfield," Childs said. "He has really matured as a player and is a very steady and consistent player for us. He is a tough match up for our opponents. He has the ability to make things happen without turning the ball over."
Kluver leads the CAC in caused turnovers with 29, while he ranks third on the Spartans with 41 ground balls. Kluver also has three goals. The CAC honor is the first for Kluver.
"Josh is a great defender," Childs said. "He has a great deal of responsibility in our defense and has performed really well this year. He is a kid who just knows how to make plays."
Abney makes his second appearance on the All-CAC squads after being a second-team pick last year. He is 15-3 with a 7.07 goals-against average. He ranks 11th nationally in save percentage at .631. Abney is ranked second in the CAC in goals-against average, first in save percentage and second in total saves (190). Abney has already broken the school record for goalkeeper wins. He is 25-6 in two seasons in the pipes for York. He has accumulated 341 saves, good for fifth on the career list and boasts a .642 career save percentage.
"Caleb is a big goalie who comes up with big saves for us time and time again," Childs said. "He continues to refine his technique as he becomes a more efficient goalie."
Thomas makes his second All-CAC appearance after being a second-team selection last year. He has been limited to 14 games this year due to injury but he still has been productive with five points on four goals and an assist. Thomas has scooped up 32 ground balls while he has caused 14 turnovers.
"Drew does a great job of controlling the defensive midfield for us," Childs said. "His ability on the clear is a big reasons we are near 90 percent on our clear attempts."
Fields makes his first All-CAC appearance. He has collected 35 ground balls and forced 11 opponent turnovers.
"Tyler has improved as much as any player we have had," Childs said. "He has made himself into an important part of our defense."
Barker has played in and started all 18 of the Spartans' contest. He has grabbed 29 ground balls and forced 19 opponent turnovers.
"Garrett made an immediate impact on our defense from game one," Childs said. "He is an athletic player who is quickly learning where he needs to be. He is a very good team defender."
Barker is the third Spartan to earn the Rookie of the Year award joining Hutson (2012) and Andrew Collins (2004).
Childs is the first York College men's lacrosse coach to earn the Coach of the Year Award. He has led the Spartans to a school-record 15 wins. The Spartans are 28-7 over the last two years and are 37-14 in Childs' three years at the helm of the program. York finished as co-regular season champions with Salisbury University. They were both 6-1 in the CAC regular season this spring.
The Spartans head to Salisbury, who earned the top seed via a tiebreaker, on Saturday afternoon for York's first CAC championship game appearance. First face off is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Salisbury, Md. Salisbury won the regular-season match with York, 11-8.
Academics:York College baseball players Colbe Herr, Andrew Hershey and Colin Porter were named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Team, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. To be nominated, student-athletes must have a minimum grade-point of 3.30 and must have played in at least half of his teams' games by the nomination deadline.
Herr is a sport management major who sports a 3.34 GPA. Herr is a two-time member of the York College Dean's List and a two-time recipient of CAC All-Academic honors. The Spartan catcher is hitting .385 with 40 RBIs and 57 total hits, including 14 doubles and four home runs, in addition to 37 runs scored.
Hershey is a nursing major who owns a 3.61 GPA. Hershey is five-time member of the York Dean's List and is a two-time recipient of CAC All-Academic honors, in addition to being a member of the Senior Honor Society at York. This season he is batting .354 with 23 RBIs and 52 total hits, including eight doubles, two triples and four home runs, in addition to a team-high 48 runs scored.
Porter, a South Western grad, is a criminal justice major who possess a 3.88 GPA. Porter has been named to the York Dean's List in each of his previous seven semesters and is a three-time recipient of CAC All-Academic honors. The Spartan shortstop is batting .369 with 38 RBIs and 45 total hits, including nine doubles and two home runs, in addition to 28 runs scored.