York County lacrosse standouts enjoy junior college success playing in Maryland

Kollin Vaught is seen here during his playing days at Central York High School.

Some former York County high school lacrosse standouts enjoyed some serious success this season on the junior college level in Maryland.

Central York High School graduate Kollin Vaught was named the Maryland Junior College Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year. Vaught is a freshman face-off specialist for the Community College of Baltimore County Essex.

Vaught was York County's all-time leader in face-off victories, before that mark was broken earlier this season by York Catholic's Drew Snelbaker, who recently suffered a season-ending injury for the Fighting Irish.

In addition, Central York grad T.J. Ross and York Catholic grad Eli Doyle were named to the all-conference first team, as was Vaught.

Vaught finished the season winning 240 of his 295 face-off opportunities, good for an .814 winning percentage. He also had 10 goals and four assists.

Ross was Vaught's teammate Essex. The sophomore midfielder led Essex in goals (40), assists (26) and points (66).

Vaught and Ross helped Essex to an 8-5 overall mark.

Doyle, a sophomore attack for Harford Community College, had 35 goals and 21 assists to help the Fighting Owls to a 13-2 overall record, which was the best in program history.


Five York women honored: The Capital Athletic Conference champion York College women's lacrosse team placed five players on the 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Metro Region squads on Monday.

Senior Nicole Clauter was joined by juniors Meghan Fox, Devin Hursey and Regan Cook on the first team while senior Claudia DiVenti earned second-team honors.

Clauter is now a three-time first-team all-regional selection. She finished the year with a school-record 116 draw controls while she also had 55 ground balls and 28 caused turnovers. She finished her York career with a record 332 career draw controls, 138 ground balls and 90 caused turnovers.

Fox earned her third all-region honor. She finished her junior year with a school-record 93 points on a school-record 69 goals and 24 assists. For her York career, Fox is first in game-winning goals (13), second in points (210) and second in goals (165).

Hursey is making her second first-team all-region appearance. She finished second on the team with 76 points on 33 goals and a school-record 43 assists. Hursey already owns the school record for career assists (86) while she is fifth in points (163) and 13th in goals scored (77).

Cook is now a three-time all-region selection. She finished third on the team in scoring with 65 points on 52 goals and 13 assists. Cook is ranked fifth in career goals (120), sixth in points (145) and tied for second in game-winning goals (12).

DiVenti is making her first all-region appearance. The senior finished second on the squad in draw controls with 113 while she also had 25 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers.

Five York men headed to all-star game: Five York College seniors have been invited to play in the 2019 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III Senior All-Star Game at the United States Lacrosse Training Center in Sparks, Maryland, on Friday, May 24 at 5 p.m.

Seniors Hunter Davis, Thomas Pfeiffer, J.D. Beck, Kevin Witchey, and Cole Fenton have been selected for the 78th edition of the game. These seniors are part of the winningest class in York College history with 73 combined wins under head coach Brandon Childs.

Davis, Pfeiffer, Beck, and Witchey all earned first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors earlier this money. The Spartans placed a school-record tying nine players on the all-conference teams in 2019.

In addition, York senior faceoff specialist Billy Sasso has earned Google Cloud Academic All-District IV honors as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Wednesday.

Sasso is now eligible to earn a spot on the national team after making his first appearance on the all-district squad. The Academic All-American program honor student-athletes who are at least a sophomore and owns a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or above while they also must be significant contributor to their respective teams. Sasso owns a 3.81 grade-point average as a mechanical engineering major. On the field, he was a two-time All-CAC performer.

Two York golfers honored: Two York College golfers were recently named to the NCAA Division III PING All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams.

Senior Tyler Newton and freshman Casey Leebrick earned all-region honors as announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Newton also earned a spot on the Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar team.

Newton and Leebrick posted nearly identical season averages in scoring, with Newton shooting a 74.29 average per round and Leebrick at 74.38 with each competing in 21 rounds this season. Newton and Leebrick were just two of 98 golfers in the country to earn all-region honors.

Newton picked up one individual victory this year with Leebrick winning two tournaments, including the Capital Athletic Conference Championship en route to being named the CAC Player and Rookie of the Year. This is Newton's second straight season earning all-region honors after earning the accolade last year as a junior.

Newton and Leebrick posted the best and second-best scoring averages for a season in Spartan golf history. Newton set the all-time mark last year with a 75.4 average before lowering that mark to 74.29.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.