CAC NOTES: Red Lion grad Posey again named all-conference in field hockey
The York College field hockey team placed three players on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squads on Tuesday, including Red Lion High School graduate Ali Posey.
In addition to the three all-league selections, freshman Lindsay Nye was selected as the conference's Co-Rookie of the Year.
Posey, a sophomore from Airville, and senior Holly Martin, a South Western High School graduate from Hanover, were named to the All-CAC First Team, while junior Sydney LaMarsh earned second-team accolades.
Posey earned her second first-team All-CAC accolade after being the league's Rookie of the Year in 2014. She followed up her strong first year as a Spartan with an even better sophomore year. Posey recorded a team-high 41 points on 18 goals and five assists. Posey has notched 69 points in her 39 career games with 30 goals and nine assists. She ranks seventh in career goals at York and sits 23 behind all-time leader April McFarland.
"Ali had a great freshman season, and followed it with a strong sophomore performance as well," York coach Carly Zinn said. "She has become more versatile .... Ali's skill level improved from last season, and as she continues to work hard in the offseason I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her as a Spartan. Ali is starting to become a more vocal leader, and as she steps into her third season with confidence, I think her career will really take off."
Nye is the second straight Spartan, and third overall, to earn the CAC Rookie of the Year award. Nye finished the year as York's second-leading scorer. The freshman forward totaled 27 points on 12 goals and three assists in her 19 games.
Martin concluded her Spartan career with a solid senior year in which she tallied 10 points on three goals and four assists. Martin finished her career with 44 points on 16 goals and 12 assists in her 70 career matches.
LaMarsh earned her second consecutive second-team All-CAC honors after another strong year as a Spartan defender. She dished out four assists from her defensive position for the year.
OTHER CAC NEWS
Spartans get new swimming coach: Paul Saikia, York College's assistant dean for athletics and recreation, has announced that Greg Doyle has been hired as the new head swimming coach and aquatics director after a national search.
Doyle replaces former head coach Erin Kurtz who left the program in September to pursue other professional opportunities.
Doyle comes to the Spartan program after serving as Limestone College's head swim coach the last three years. Limestone is an NCAA Division II school in Gaffney, South Carolina. He has guided the Saints to 50 All-American performances and 28 separate school records while at the helm of the program. His Limestone teams have also performed well in the classroom.
Doyle is expected to begin his tenure at York before the Dickinson meet on Nov. 21.
York swimmers honored: Two York College swimmers have been honored by the CAC.
Senior Kyle Walthall claimed CAC Men's Swimming Athlete of the Week honors after setting a pool record in the 200 breaststroke during York's quad meet last Saturday. Walthall raced to a time of 2 minutes, 5.84 seconds in the 200 breaststroke, establishing a new pool record at York and posting the second fastest time in the nation this year in NCAA Division III. He was also part of the winning 200 medley relay squad and placed second in the 200 freestyle.
Freshman Maddy Mann was honored as the CAC Women's Swimming Athlete of the Week after claiming a pair of first-place finishes and breaking a pool record in the Spartans' quad meet on Saturday. Mann set a new York pool record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.58. That time ranks first in the CAC and 10th in the nation in Division III. She also grabbed first place in the 100 freestyle at :54.35 and second in the 500 freestyle at 5:13.23. Her 500 freestyle mark ranks atop the CAC and 21st in Division III.
Central York grad recognized: Central York High School graduate Naya Cheatem, a 5-foot, 9-inch sophomore at Frostburg State, has been named to the All-CAC Women's Volleyball First Team.
Cheatem paced the Bobcats with a team-high 607 kills, good for third-best in a season in school history. She finished second on the team with 63 total blocks, including 11 solo blocks and 52 assisted blocks, and added 218 digs on the year. Cheatem posted double-digit kills in all but two games in 2015, and had 20 or more kills in 11 of the Bobcats' 35 matches.
Cheatem finished second nationally in total kills and total attacks.