York College men's lacrosse players named All-Americans
- Josh Kluver was named a second-team All-American.
- Caleb Abney and Joey Fiorino each were selected third-team All-Americans.
- Andrew Gamble captured honorable mention All-America status.
The York College men's lacrosse team has placed four players on the 2016 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America squads.
The four All-Americans is the second-highest total in school history, coming in runner-up to the five selections in 2014.
The Spartans had a record-setting 2016 season when they won a school-record 18 games, earned the program's first-ever Capital Athletic Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Kluver is just the second Spartan in school history to earn second-team honors, matching Tyler Hutson's 2013 second-team award. Kluver finishes his career as a two-time All-American. He earned honorable mention honors as a sophomore in 2014. Kluver finished his career playing in a school-record 79 games with seven points on five goals and two assists. He forced a school-record 141 caused turnovers, scooped up 190 ground balls and had one game-winning goal. He finishes his career with 81 more caused turnovers than any other Spartan in school history. He is is also ranked seventh in ground balls. He led this year's team with 70 ground balls and a school-record 45 caused turnovers.
"Josh is one of the best defenders in the country," York coach Brandon Childs said. "He was incredible down the stretch and in the postseason. Josh has the ability to take the ball away from just about anyone and that proved to be a huge part of our success this year."
Kluver had 18 caused turnovers and 17 ground balls in the Spartans' five-game postseason run.
Abney finished his career as the greatest goalie in Spartan history. Abney concluded his career with a record of 53-20, a save percentage of .604, a 7.18 goals-against average and 702 saves. He owns the school record for saves (by 234 saves), save percentage, goals-against average (by 2.06 goals per game), and wins (by 31 victories).
"Caleb was outstanding this year and is worthy of earning All-American honors," Childs said. "He came up with so many big saves during his career and his ability to make the clutch saves led us to many wins in the last four years."
Abney is now a two-time All-American after earning honorable mention honors in 2014. He finished his career as a three-time All-CAC goalkeeper, including being a two-time first-team pick (2014 and 2016).
Fiorino is making his first appearance on the All-American squad. Fiorino played in and started 21 games, tallying six points on five goals and one assist. He collected 57 ground balls, forced 29 opponent turnovers, and went 14 for 29 at the face-off X. He was an important part of a defensive unit that limited Spartan opponents to 6.68 goals per game. That was the second best goals-against average in the CAC and 10th best in all of Division III. He also did not commit a penalty this year.
"Joey was a captain as a sophomore for us this year and that speaks volumes about his value to our team," Childs said. "He is everything you want in a defender, but more importantly he is a great leader for our team. I am happy that Joey got recognized for his play this year."
Fiorino has played in 40 career games and scored 10 points on eight goals and two assists. He has collected 103 career ground balls and caused 38 opponent turnovers.
Gamble concludes his career as one of the best offensive players in the history of the program. Gamble led the Spartans in scoring this year with 60 points on 39 goals and 21 assists. Gamble also picked up 41 ground balls and caused 13 opponent turnovers.
Gamble finished his career with 223 points on 150 goals and 73 assists. He ranks second in school history in points, goals, man-up goals and game-winning goals while he is third in assists. Gamble is tied with Kluver for the school record for games played with 79.
"Andrew was such an important part of our offensive identity," Childs said. "He was the steady influence on a very young offensive unit. I couldn't be happier that he was rewarded for his play this year."
Kluver, Abney, and Gamble depart York as a part of the most successful class in school history. The went 57-22 in their four years in the program. They were also the first recruiting class for Childs when he arrived at York in 2012.
"All of our seniors will hold a special meaning for me and for this program," Childs said. "They bought into what I wanted to do as a program. They have established a culture of doing things the right way and having a high level of expectations both on and off the field. I will miss having them but their accomplishments as a group will be something I will never forget."
Fiorino returns to the Spartans next year and he will be joined by nine of York's top-10 scorers from this season.