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Two York County men's soccer players are just two wins away from winning an NCAA Division II national championship.

South Western High School graduate Andrew Slater and Kennard-Dale High School graduate Craig Potts are starters for the West Chester University team that has advanced to the D-II Final Four.

Slater is a 5-foot, 10-inch, 155-pound senior midfielder, while Potts is a 6-2, 190-pound freshman defender.

Slater has a goal and an assist, good for three points, while starting 21 of 22 games for the Golden Rams (15-2-5). Slater earned a spot on the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team. Potts has also started 21 of 22 games, notching one goal for two points. 

West Chester enters the Final Four as the No. 2 seed. The Rams will play in the second semifinal of the afternoon against No. 3 seed Cal Poly-Pomona (17-6-0) at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh. The title game is set for the same site at noon Saturday, Dec.1.

The Golden Rams are making their first ever appearance in the D-II Final Four. They earned their semifinal berth with a 2-0 win over Adelphi on Saturday at Hofstra.

The first D-II national semifinal at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, will pit Fort Hays State vs. Barry.

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COLLEGE NOTES

Marsteller wins another title: Kennard-Dale High School graduate Chance Marsteller is off to another strong start with the Lock Haven University wrestling team.

The redshirt junior claimed his second tournament title in two weeks by taking the 165-pound crown at the Black Knight Invite hosted by Army at West Point.

The week before, Marsteller earned the Journeyman Collegiate Classic crown in Troy, New York.

Marsteller, who finished fourth nationally in NCAA Division I last season, is ranked No. 3 at 165 this season. Lock Haven is No. 16 as a team.

Marsteller is 6-0 on the season. He downed Army's Owen Brown 5-3 in the Black Knight final.

Stahl shines for York College: York sophomore Keven Stahl had another big weekend in the pool, winning all three individual races at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational this weekend.

That earned him the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week honors.

Stahl won the 1,650 freestyle, the 400 individual medley and the 500 freestyle. Stahl notched a time of 15:57.97 in the 1,650 free, which is the top time in the CAC so far this year and third in the nation. His 400 IM time of 4:02.43 is third in all of Division III, while his 500 free time (4:35.61) is fourth in the nation. Stahl leads the Spartans with 11 individual wins for the year.

Wantz honored by CAC: York College junior Justine Wantz has been named the CAC Women's Swimmer of the Week.

Like Stahl, Wantz had a big weekend at F&M, earning a win and a second-place finish. Wantz won the 200 backstroke in 2:02.97, which is the top time in the event in the CAC. It is fourth best nationally in NCAA Division III. She set a new school record in the 100 back in :57.86 in Saturday's preliminary. Wantz swam a time of :57.88 in the final, which was good for second place. That time is the 11th fastest time in D-III this year. Wantz also set a school record in the 50 back with her opening split of :27.04 in the 200 medley relay.

Susquehannock standouts make choices official: Two Susquehannock High School standouts recently made their college choices official by signing their National Letters of Intent.

Jaden Walker signed with St. Joseph's University to play women's basketball. Walker helped the Warriors to a 23-7 record last season, which included a PIAA Class 5-A state playoff victory. She averaged 14.8 points per game.

Kenna Hancock signed with the University of Cincinnati to play women's lacrosse. She was the York-Adams League Attacker of the Year in 2018. She helped Susquehannock finish 20-4 overall last season with a District 3 Class 2-A runner-up finish and a PIAA 2-A semifinal appearance.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

 

 

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