COLLEGE: York women's lacrosse players honored by CAC
The York College women's lacrosse team saw four of its players earn 2016 All-Capital Athletic Conference honors.
Seniors Megan Strauch and Allison Kolacy were named to the first team, while sophomore Melissa Meehling and freshman Nicole Clauter earned second-team recognition. For Strauch, it is her third straight year making the first team, becoming one of the most decorated athletes in the program's 11-year history. As a defender, she scored four goals and recorded two assists, but was a force on ground balls and draw controls. She won 45 ground balls and 43 face-offs, while forcing 23 turnovers. For her career, she's come up with 159 ground balls, 124 draw controls and 92 forced turnovers.
Kolacy led the Spartans in scoring this year with 17 goals and 23 assists for 40 points. In her career, she played in 68 games, recording 45 goals and 63 assists for 108 points.
This is Meehling's first appearance on an All-CAC team after she recorded 24 points, 22 of which came off of goals. Her 22 goals were a team high. In her two years, she's scored 37 goals and recorded three assists in 39 games.
Clauter started every game as a freshman, coming up with 20 ground balls and 33 draw controls, while causing 14 turnovers. She also scored two goals as a defender.
York finished the season at 12-6 and advanced to the CAC semifinals. Ranked 13th in the nation in NCAA Division III, the Spartans will find out if they made the D-III tournament on Sunday when the field is announced.
Two Spartans honored in track and field: Both the men's and women's track teams at York had CAC Track and Field Athletes of the Week.
Senior Alex Palescandolo earned the CAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week after breaking his own school record in the shot put with a distance of 15.30 meters at the Paul Kaiser Classic at Shippensburg University on Saturday. He finished fifth in the event and later placed 11th in the discus.
Senior Kathleen Cannon was named the CAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the second time this outdoor season. She set a new school and conference record in the 3,000-meter run at the Kaiser Classic, finishing with a time of 10 minutes, 25 seconds, good for fourth out of all D-III runners.
York Catholic grad makes PSAC third team: Kutztown University sophomore Sarah Gabriele was named to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Third Team.
The York Catholic grad was named the team MVP and Coaches Award winner for the Golden Bears, while having one of the best seasons in Kutztown history. Starting in all of her team's 17 games, Gabriele scored 49 goals this season, good for second all-time, while totaling a school-record 67 points and 54 draw controls. She led the PSAC with 146 shots. Her 18 assists and 108 shots on goal were both good for second on the team.
In 15 of the Golden Bears' 17 games, Gabriele scored at least two goals. In two seasons, she's scored 82 goals and recorded 105 points.
York County standouts honored in PSAC women's tennis: Two graduates of York County high schools were honored by the PSAC for their exploits on the tennis courts.
Susquehannock High School graduate Nicole Daacke and Dallastown High School graduate Tori Davis earned All-PSAC East Second Team honors in women's singles. Daacke also named All-PSAC Second Team in doubles with her partner, Sarah Sambrick.
Sambrick and Daacke combined for a 3-3 record in the No. 1 doubles spot. Daacke, who went 3-3 at No. 2 singles vs. PSAC East competition, earned second-team singles recognition for the second consecutive season. Davis was a first-team selection in 2015. She went 3-1 in four PSAC East matches, playing primarily in the No. 3 slot.
South Western grad honored in softball: Bloomsburg University junior Sarah Bortner was named an at-large member of the All-PSAC Central Division Softball Team.
The South Western grad appeared in 28 games (17 starts) in the circle this season for the Huskies. She threw 138 2/3 innings, going 15-6 with an ERA of 1.16. She also recorded five saves. She allowed 23 earned runs and struck out 141 hitters on the year.