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Four York College women's lacrosse players earn regional recognition


The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced Monday that four members of the York College women's lacrosse team have earned All-Metro Region honors.

Senior midfielder Sarah Castle, junior defender Megan Strauch and senior defender Karlie Dougherty each earned first-team selections, while junior attack Jayme Verman captured second-team honors.

Castle makes her second appearance on the All-Metro Region first team after earning the honor last year. Castle has started all 19 games for York. She's recorded 39 points on 30 goals and nine assists. Castle owns a team-high seven free-position goals while she also has 29 ground balls, 30 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers. Following her start in Sunday's game, Castle became the program's all-time leader in games started and games played. She has started all 75 games in her career. The senior captain ranks sixth on the all-time scoring list with 120 career points on 99 goals and 21 assists. Her 99 goals are fourth on the all-time list and she could be the fourth player in program history to reach triple figures in career goals with one more goal on Saturday. Castle also ranks fourth with 137 draw controls and seventh on the career list for caused turnovers with 50.

Strauch earned her second straight first-team All-Metro Region selection. Strauch has started all 19 games for the Spartans, scoring four points on two goals and two assists. She has collected 43 ground balls and 40 draw controls, while she also has forced 25 caused turnovers. Strauch ranks sixth in school history in career ground balls (113), seventh in draw controls (79) and fourth in caused turnovers (68).

After being the named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the year, Dougherty now has her first all-region selection. Dougherty started all 19 games for York and leads the team with 62 draw controls and 27 caused turnovers, while ranking second with 41 ground balls. Dougherty also has scored three goals on seven shots.

Verman, a York resident, makes her first appearance on the All-Metro Region team. The first-year Spartan who graduated from Lancaster Country Day, leads York in scoring with 56 points on a team-high 31 goals and a team-high 25 assists in 18 games. She has put 78 percent of her shots on target, while she has also recorded 13 ground balls, 30 draw controls and 11 caused turnovers.

The Spartans look to continue their journey through the NCAA Division III Tournament when they head to Gettysburg to face the Bullets on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in a Sweet 16 game.