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BLOG: York-Adams lacrosse players named All-Americans

Patrick Strohecker
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The York-Adams League is trying to establish itself on the high school lacrosse landscape, both in the state and across the nation.

That effort received a big boost recently when six York-Adams athletes earned national recognition for their play this past season.

Two boys and four girls from the local league were named to the US Lacrosse All-America list on Friday.

Earning recognition for their strong play were York Suburban senior midfielder Collin Mailman and Dallastown senior goalie Jack Marks on the boys' side. On the girls' list were Kennard-Dale attacker Emmie Dressel and K-D goalie Clare Boone, New Oxford midfielder Braxtin Reddinger and Red Lion midfielder Alyssa Adams.

To go along with his York-Adams League Offensive Player of the Year award from earlier this year, York Suburban's Collin Mailman was named to the US Lacrosse All-American list last week.

Boys: Mailman added the All-America honor to a year in which he was also named the Y-A League Offensive Player of the Year after tallying 54 goals during his senior year for the Trojans, good for third in the league. However, he did that while garnering every opponent's full attention as an NCAA Division I recruit to Drexel University next year, regularly getting double-teamed or face-guarded on offense. To go along with his 54 goals, Mailman also added 18 assists.

Marks is also adding national recognition to his local accomplishments, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Y-A League. Marks was the catalyst for a Wildcats team that prided itself on tough defense, boasting a league-best .627 save percentage. Marks is committed to play at Division III Frostburg State next year.

You can view the entire list of boys named to the All-America team here.

Girls: After having arguably the best season in program history, it comes as no shock that the Rams had two players named to the All-America list.

Widely considered the best player on the best team in the league this year, Dressel finished in the top 10 in the league in scoring and the top five in assists, posing all kinds of defensive issues for the opposition with her ability to both score and pass, earning Y-A League Attacker of the Year honors.

Meanwhile, in goal, Boone again proved herself as one of the best, if not the best, goalie in the league. She finished runner-up for the league's top goalie award, but guided K-D to the league title, its first-ever District 3 championship and the quarterfinals of the state tournament.

Emmie Dressel and her Kennard-Dale teammates will travel to State College at 4 p.m. Saturday for a PIAA Class 2-A quarterfinal battle against Oakland Catholic.

If Dressel was the best all-around player in the Y-A League this year, Reddinger was easily the best pure scorer — and it wasn't even close. Reddinger's 85 goals were 14 more than the next closest scorer in the league, and she also added 27 assists to eclipse the 100-point mark on the year, making her the Y-A League Midfielder of the Year. She was the driving force behind helping the Colonials to their first-ever District 3 tournament appearance. She finished her career with more than 250 goals. She's committed to play for D-I University of Maryland-Baltimore County next year.

In her first year with the Lions after moving north of the Mason-Dixon Line, Adams was the top-scoring junior in the league with 67 goals, helping Red Lion to the district playoffs. Garnering D-I looks since early in her high school career, Adams is committed to play for Cincinnati once she graduates next spring.

You can view the full list of girls named to the All-America list here.

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com