YORK COLLEGE: Spartans earn All-CAC recognition
- Andrew Gamble, Caleb Abney, Josh Kluver and Joey Fiorino earned the All-CAC honors.
- The York College men's lacrosse team has compiled a 15-3 record so far this season.
- York College will face Salisbury for the CAC men's lacrosse title at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The nationally ranked York College men's lacrosse team placed four players on the 2016 All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse First Team.
The second-place Spartans will play top-seeded Salisbury in Saturday's CAC championship game in Salisbury, Maryland. All four players are repeat all-conference performers for the 15-3 Spartan squad.
Gamble: Gamble is York's leading scorer. He is making his second appearance on the All-CAC First Team. Gamble has tallied 50 points on 32 goals and 18 assists. He has tallied eight man-up goals while he has scooped up 32 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers. Gamble is the Spartans' second all-time leading scorer. He sits behind former four-time All-CAC selection Tyler Hutson. Gamble has 213 career points with 143 goals and 70 assists. He has 21 man-up goals. He is just one of two Spartans to eclipse the 200 career point mark in school history. His 21 man-up goals are the second most in school history.
Abney: Abney will go down as the greatest goaltender in Spartan history. Abney has recorded a school-record 50 wins. He has notched 660 saves in 3,606 minutes in goal in 70 career games. The All-CAC berth is the third for the senior keeper. He was a first-team pick in 2014 after earning second-team accolades in 2013. Abney is 14-2 in 2016 with a 6.43 goals-against average. He has made 134 saves on 362 total shots faced and boasts a save percentage of .593 in 859 minutes of action.
Kluver: Kluver will go down in York history as one of the Spartans' best-ever defenders. Kluver is making his third appearance on the All-CAC squad. He was a second-team selection as a junior after being a first-team pick as a sophomore. Kluver has played in all 18 games. He has 54 ground balls, a team-high 30 caused turnovers and three points on two goals and an assist. Kluver has played in 75 games with seven points on five goals and two assists from his defensive position. He has a school-record 126 caused turnovers, 66 more than the second-ranked player. His 174 ground balls rank him ninth on the Spartans' all-time ground-ball list.
Fiorino: Fiorino is making his second All-CAC appearance after making the second team as a freshman in 2015. Fiorino has played in 17 games. He has recorded six points on five goals and one assist from his defensive position. He has collected 51 ground balls with 28 caused turnovers. He has also won 13 of 28 face-offs he has taken this year. He has also not been called for a penalty despite playing in a large majority of York's defensive minutes. Fiorino has tallied 10 points on eight goals and two assists in his 36-game Spartan career. He has collected 97 ground balls, caused 37 opponent turnovers and has 23 face-off wins. Fiorino was also a Spartan captain as a sophomore.
The Spartans will attempt to win their first-ever CAC men's lacrosse championship on Saturday when they make the trip to Salisbury. It's York's second conference championship game appearance. They also played in the title game at Salisbury in 2014. Game time at Sea Gull Stadium is set for 3:30 pm.
Salisbury is ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches Poll. York is ranked No. 12 in that same poll.
In their regular-season meeting on Wednesday, April 13, in York, Salisbury rolled to a 17-5 win over the Spartans.
Softball team also has three honored by CAC: The York College softball program also had three players earn All-CAC honors.
Jurkiewicz: Jurkiewicz is making her first all-league appearance after a strong sophomore season. In the circle, the right-hander went 13-10 with a 1.89 ERA in 148.1 innings. Jurkiewicz struck out 91 and walked 15. She had 17 complete games and three shutouts. She held opponents to a .261 average. At the plate, she hit .297 with 12 RBIs, 10 runs scored, three doubles, a triple and a home run in 64 at-bats. She also stole three bases. For her career, Jurkiewicz has 19 wins, an ERA of 2.47 in 223.2 innings and 125 strikeouts and 24 walks.
Maloney: Maloney earned her third straight All-CAC honors. The junior shortstop hit a team-best .366 with 29 runs scored, 18 RBIs, 10 doubles, two triples and a home run. She owned a .518 slugging percentage and a .415 on-base percentage. She was also 8-for-9 in stolen bases. Sha also had just four errors in 160 fielding attempts. Maloney became the 16th player in school history to reach 100 career hits. Maloney has played in and started 124 games in her career with a batting average of .370. She has 137 career hits with 87 runs scored, 57 RBIs, 28 doubles, 10 triples, five home runs and 32 stolen bases.
Ruleman: Ruleman makes her first All-CAC appearance. Ruleman hit .327 with 25 RBIs, 22 runs scored, eight doubles, a triple and a team-best seven home runs. She had a .617 slugging percentage and a .459 on-base percentage. Ruleman drew 20 walks while she was also hit by six pitches. Ruleman became the Spartans' all-time home run leader and she also became the 17th Spartan to record 100 career hits in the game. She has played in 122 games in her career with 120 starts. She owns a career average of .309 with 59 runs scored, 68 RBIs, 22 doubles, two triples, and 20 home runs.
York (25-17) finished with 25 wins in 2016, it highest total since 2010 when York won 36 games.