The York College men's soccer team placed four players on the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference all-league squads, including York Suburban High School graduate Ryan Donahue.
Junior Nigel Robinson earned first-team accolades, while senior Greg Bechard, sophomore Joel Teston and Donahue were second-team selections.
Donahue concludes his Spartan career as a three-time All-CAC selection. The Spartans' center back scored his lone goal of the year on a penalty kick in the Sept. 12 win over Susquehanna. He powered a defense that owned an overall goals-against average of 1.02, including five shutouts. The Spartans' goals-against average went down to 0.61 during conference play with four clean sheets.
Donahue finished his career with 10 points on two goals and six assists during his 83 games played. The Spartans boasted a goals-against average of 0.88 over Donahue's four-year career.
"Ryan was our most consistent player over our 19 games this fall," first-year York head coach Evan Scheffey said. "His athleticism and composure on the ball allow him to excel at a number of different positions on the field, and for us this year he was a rock at outside back before sliding in to the center back role for the second half of the year. I was really impressed with the way that he embraced his leadership role as a captain and became a true leader as the season progressed. Ryan was without a doubt one of the most consistent four-year players ever to come through the program and that is backed up by the fact that the was a three year all-CAC player and ranks first all time in program history for minutes played. We will definitely miss Ryan's leadership and steady play next fall."
Robinson made a significant impact on the Spartan squad after transferring into the program as a junior. Robinson tallied 14 points on six goals and two assists in his 19 games played.
Bechard finished up his career as an All-CAC selection for the second straight year. He was York's second-leading scorer this year, notching 15 points on five goals and five assists in 17 games. Bechard played in 82 games during his career. He tallied 37 points on 13 goals and 11 assists with a pair of game-winning goals.
Teston led the Spartans in scoring with 18 points on five goals and a team-high eight assists. Teston set a new school record on Oct. 24 when he registered eight points on three goals and two assists. In his two years in the Green and White, Teston has 25 points on eight goals and nine assists in 34 games.
Robinson and Teston will lead the Spartan returners for next year, when Scheffey will return eight starters. This year's York team finished 9-8-2.
Three York women's soccer players honored: Three members of the CAC champion York College women's soccer team also earned All-CAC honors.
Junior midfielder Kirsten Good, sophomore defender Marisa Brisbane and senior goalie Kate Lutte were picked for the second team.
Lutte played in all 19 games with 18 starts, posting a 1.36 goals-against average. She finished the year with a record of 9-8 with five clean sheets.
Good played in and started 18 matches for York. She did not score throughout the year but powered the Spartan defense to five shutouts.
Brisbane played in 18 games with 17 starts. She dished out one assist.
The Spartans will open play in the NCAA Division III Tournament vs. No. 4 Washington University–St. Louis in Granville, Ohio, at 11 a.m. Saturday.
OTHER YORK COLLEGE NEWS
Spartans picked seventh in CAC men's basketball: The York College men's basketball team was picked to finish seventh in the 10-team CAC in a preseason poll voted on by the conference head coaches.
Christopher Newport received eight first-place votes and totaled 80 points to sit atop the poll. Salisbury gained a pair of first-place votes and 68 points to nab second, slightly ahead of third-place St. Mary's (67 points). Mary Washington was next with 54 points, while Marymount wrapped up the top five with 44 points. Wesley was picked to finish sixth with 37 points, followed by York (33 points), Frostburg State (29 points), Penn State Harrisburg (27 points) and Southern Virginia (11 points).
Last season, Salisbury captured its second CAC title in program history and first since 1995-96 with a dramatic championship game triumph over Christopher Newport.
York was 5-20 overall last season and 4-14 in the CAC, good for a tie for eighth. Matt Hunter is entering his fourth season leading the Spartans, who open their 2015-2016 season Friday night at Stevenson. In three years at York, Hunter's teams are 17-59.
The Spartans return four of their top six scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer Dalton Myers (13.5 points per game), a 6-foot, 7-inch junior forward. The other top returners are: 6-1 sophomore guard Matt Scamuffo (8.2 ppg), 6-foot junior guard Brad Wesner (7.5 ppg) and 6-foot sophomore guard Mike Duffty (6.5 ppg).
Duffy is a South Western graduate. The only other York County player on the roster is Mike Coleman, a 6-4 freshman from Northeastern.
York swimmers split with Messiah: The York College swimming teams split their meets vs. visiting Messiah on Wednesday.
The Spartan men triumphed, 115.5-88.5, while the Spartan women fell, 138-67. The York men improved to 2-4 overall, while the York women fell to 1-5.
Kyle Walthall won the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke to pace the Spartan men, while Andrea Sturgis took the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle for the Spartan women.