COLLEGE: York women's basketball team earns its biggest victory of season

  • The York College women's basketball team beat Christopher Newport on Saturday, 87-85.
  • CNU entered that game ranked No. 11 nationally in NCAA Division III.
  • Sam Mocniak led York with 20 points, while Dallastown grad Katie McGowan added 19 points.

The York College women’s basketball team will head into the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs fresh off its most impressive victory of the season.

Dallastown High School graduate Katie McGowan, left, seen here in action from earlier this season, had 19 points and six rebounds for York College on Saturday in an 87-85 road upset of No. 11 Christopher Newport. YORK DISPATCH FILE PHOTO

The Spartans earned an upset road win over Christopher Newport on Saturday, 87-85, in Newport News, Virginia. The loss ended York’s six-game losing streak to CNU.

The loss cost CNU a share of the CAC regular-season title. CNU fell to 22-3 overall and 16-2 in the CAC. The Captains came in ranked No. 11 nationally in NCAA Division III. York improved to 17-8 and 13-5. Marymount (22-3 overall) won the CAC regular-season crown at 17-1.

Sam Mocniak nailed a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute to propel York to the win. Mocniak finished with a team-high 20 points, including a 6-for-10 effort from 3-point range. Dallastown High School graduate Katie McGowan scored 19 for York, to go with six rebounds. The Spartans clinched the third seed in the upcoming CAC playoffs.

York shot 52 percent from 3-point range (14 for 27). The 14-made 3-pointers as a team is a season high and second-most in a game in school history

Beth Wiseley added 12 points and six rebounds for York, while York Suburban grad Molly Day added a career-high 10 points and six rebounds.

The CAC playoffs begin Tuesday. The Spartans will host the opening round at Charles Wolf Gymnasium against the sixth-seeded Frostburg State (12-13, 8-10). Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.



York men lose chance to win CAC regular-season outright title: The news wasn’t quite as good for the York men at CNU.

After leading the CAC for the entire regular season, the Spartans fell at CNU on Saturday, 81-71, and will be forced to share the CAC regular-season title with the Captains at 14-4. York fell to 21-4 overall, while CNU improved to 20-5. The Spartans’ last regular-season title came in 2007-08.

CNU earned the top seed for the upcoming CAC playoffs by virtue of a tiebreaker, while York gets the No. 2 seed. Both teams get first-round playoff byes. Both teams will play host to semifinal games on Thursday.

York came into the game ranked No. 8 nationally in NCAA Division III. York is now 2-10 all-time vs. the Captains and has never won at the Freeman Center.

The Spartans fell behind 15-2 at the start, but battled back to take a 50-49 second-half lead before CNU took control down the stretch.

Blayde Reich (22 points, six rebounds) and Dalton Myers (17 points, five rebounds) paced York. Central York grad Jared Wagner added six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three points.

Thursday at 7 p.m., York will play host to the winner of Tuesday’s first-round CAC playoff game between Salisbury (17-8, 13-5) and Wesley (13-12, 9-9).

York started the season at 16-0, but is 5-4 over its last nine games.

No. 5 York men’s lacrosse team rolls: The York College men's lacrosse team used 10 consecutive goals in the first half to explode for a 19-6 win at Eastern University on Saturday in non-conference action at St. Davids, Pennsylvania.

The Spartans, ranked No. 5 nationally in NCAA Division III, received goals from 12 different players. Thomas Pfeiffer notched a career-high five assists, tying for third most in school history. Pfeiffer also had a goal.

Matt Whitcher (three goals), Brendan McGrath (three goals), Dylan Wolf (two goals, one assist) and Jake Hvazda (two goals) also excelled for the Spartans.

York is 2-0, and Eastern fell to 0-1.

York wrestlers close out season with win: The York College wrestling squad closed out its regular season with a 25-17 win over Gettysburg College in non-conference action from Wolf Gym on Saturday.

York, ranked No. 14 nationally in NCAA Division III, improved to 12-2.

Before the match, the Spartans honored their four seniors who were concluding their home careers on Saturday.

Brendan McDonough (125, major decision), Chad Wickard (157, decision), David Keith (174, decision), Frankie Krauss (184, forfeit), Jesse Huber (197, decision) and John Shorter (heavyweight, injury default) got wins for York.

Shorter, Keith, Wickard and Hasan Alic were the four seniors honored before the match.

Shorter got his 20th win of the year and is now 98-43 in his Spartan career.  

The Spartans next head to Ferrum, Virginia, on Friday to participate in the two-day Southeast Regional Division III championship. The regional serves as the ticket to the NCAA Division III championships in early March in Cleveland, Ohio.  

Penn State York men fall in PSUAC playoffs: The third-seeded Penn State York men's basketball team dropped a Penn State University Athletic Conference semifinal playoff game on Saturday at second-seeded Penn State Brandywine, 80-69.

PSY fell to 17-9, while Brandywine improved to 19-7.

Khalil White poured in 29 points to lead the Yorkers, while Susquehannock grad Richard Grant added 18 points and 10 rebounds.