The York College women's lacrosse team was selected to participate in the NCAA Division III Tournament on Sunday night.
It's the first NCAA appearance in the eight-year history of York's varsity program. The Spartans, who are ranked 10th in NCAA Division III, will head to Montclair State (N.J.) on Wednesday to open up the tournament. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
York did not face Montclair this year, but the Spartans defeated the Red Hawks 13-9 last April 5 in Montclair. The Spartans are 2-0 all-time against Montclair. The Red Hawks, who aren't ranked in the NCAA Division III top 20, head into the tournament with a 13-5 mark. Montclair State earned its way into the field by winning the Skyline Conference championship. York earned an at-large berth.
The winner of the York-Montclair contest will advance to the second round on Saturday, May 12, against the winner of the Middlebury/Norwich contest.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE NOTES
PARSHALL, ROWLANDS SHINE AT CAC EVENT: The York College women's track & field team captured third overall at the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships hosted by Frostburg St. University.
The two-day meet ended Sunday. The Spartans finished with 121 points, just three shy of runner-up Mary Washington, while Salisbury snagged the top spot with 255. The Spartans captured three individual victories on Sunday and set a new school record in the 400 relay.
Senior Mandy Parshall secured her sixth CAC individual outdoor track title in the 1,500 meters, an event she won as a freshman and sophomore while taking second last year. She finished in 4:52.64, less than a second off her own school record time.
Sophomore Laura Rowlands and rookie Jasmine Smith each recorded a first-place finish while aiding York's 400 relay squad to a program-record time. Rowlands won the high jump at 5 feet, 1.75 inches. Having already won the triple jump on Saturday, Rowlands has now won seven individual CAC titles.
Smith collected her first CAC Outdoor Championships triumph 17-8.25 leap in the long jump. Rowlands was second 17-5.25.
In the record-breaking 400 relay, Rowlands and Smith combined with Donteris Spence and Deborah Fidele to post a Spartan-best :49.67.
Rowlands and Parshall are both from Dover.
THREE YORK MEN GRAB CAC WINS: Phillip Cavaluchi, Tim Hartung and Alex Aponte each registered individual victories Sunday as the York College men's track and field team secured second place at the two-day Capital Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships hosted by Frostburg St. University.
The Spartans collected 108 team points to garner the runner-up spot while first-place Salisbury posted 253 points. Cavaluchi, a junior, won the long jump at 22-0.75, securing his third All-CAC honor in the event and his second career conference championship victory in the event. Hartung bested the field in the 5,000 meters in 15:26.60. It was his second career conference outdoor championship victory. Aponte won the javelin in 172-1.
SPARTANS FALL IN BASEBALL: The York College baseball team saw its five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday with a 12-4 non-league loss to visiting Franklin & Marshall.
It was the regular-season finale for the Spartans, who fell to 22-20. F&M improved to 17-23.
Drew Frankenfield, Derek Pitzer and Colin Porter had two hits apiece to lead York's nine-hit attack.