Five York College field hockey players earned All-Capital Athletic Conference honors Thursday.
Red Lion High School graduate and junior midfielder Ali Posey led a group of first-team Spartans that included senior defender Sydney LaMarsh and sophomore forward Lindsay Nye.
Senior midfielder Alexa Taylor, another Red Lion grad, and junior forward Autumn Mallory landed on the second team.
Posey is making her third appearance on the first team. The Spartans' 2015 All-American finished with 30 points on 13 goals and four assists this year. She also ranked sixth in the CAC in goals scored and seventh in points.
Posey’s individual numbers saw a decline this year because she switched positions and took on more responsibility in the Spartan midfield. York finished the year at 13-6.
"I am not sure that people outside the program understood that Ali was playing a different role for us this year," York head coach Kaitlyn Hamilton said in a news release. "It would be easy to say she didn't have as good a year, but in reality, she was fantastic for us. Without her willingness to do what it takes for us to win, we would not have been able to accomplish what we did as a team."
Posey has career totals of 99 points on 43 goals and 13 assists in 58 games as a Spartan. She has 10 career game-winning goals, two defensive saves and is 5-for-7 in penalty strokes.
Taylor is making her first appearance on the All-CAC list after a solid senior season. Taylor played in and started all 19 games during the year. She finished with 12 points on three goals and six assists, and was York's primary inserter on penalty corner plays. She finished tied for sixth in the conference in assists.
"I couldn't be happier for Alexa," said Hamilton in the news release. "She has worked extremely hard to make herself into an all-conference-caliber player. Alexa is proof that hard work and dedication really does pay off. Her leadership and determination really came shining through this year."
Taylor finishes her Spartan career with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists in 74 games. She had one game-winning goal and three defensive saves.
Nye led York in scoring with 41 points on 18 goals and five assists. The All-CAC team appearance was the first for Nye after she earned CAC Co-Rookie-of-the-Year honors as a freshman.
LaMarsh makes her second All-CAC appearance after being a second-team selection as a junior. LaMarsh played in and started all 19 games for the Spartans. She recorded eight points with three goals and two assists. LaMarsh also recorded one defensive save.
Mallory earned her first All-CAC berth after recording 19 points on nine goals and one assist.
Spartan women tied for third in CAC preseason poll: York College tied for third in the 2016-17 CAC Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches' Poll, which was released Thursday.
Defending champion Mary Washington edged Christopher Newport, 78 points to 76 points, to take the top spot in the poll.
Perennial contenders Marymount (61 points) and York (61 points) were tied for third, with Salisbury (49 points) rounding out the top five. Penn State Harrisburg, St. Mary's, Wesley, Southern Virginia and Frostburg State completed the top 10.
The Spartans return 13 players from last year's 20-7 squad, including first-team All-CAC forward Sam Hruz. York also returns its top seven scorers from a season ago.
Hruz, a 6-foot, 1-inch senior, finished last year averaging 10.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. She led the CAC in blocked shots with 87. Hruz opens the year five blocks short of the Spartans' all-time school record.
Red Lion grad Morgan Kuehne, a 5-10 junior, was the Spartans’s other double-digit scorer last year with a 10.8 average to go along with her 3.7 rebounds per game. Susquehannock grad Katie Wagner, Beth Wiseley, Brianna Bisci, West York’s Sarah Shearer and Morgan Golec round out the Spartans' top seven. Wagner is 5-7 junior and Shearer is a 5-8 senior. Wagner averaged 9.4 points per game last season, while Shearer averaged 6.3 points per game.
Moyer shines for North Carolina: Central York High School graduate Lauren Moyer is excelling as a senior for the North Carolina field hockey team.
Moyer, a 5-foot, 5-inch forward, leads the Tar Heels with 21 goals and three assists, good for 45 points.
North Carolina is 17-5 and will compete in the NCAA Division I playoffs this weekend. The Heels will face Stanford in the first round Saturday in College Park, Maryland.
Moyer was recently named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Tournament Team.
North Carolina is ranked No. 4 in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association D-I poll.
Dallastown grad earns Sun Belt honor: Dallastown High School graduate Becca Austin was recently named to the All-Sun Belt Conference Women's Soccer Second Team as a goalkeeper for Coastal Carolina University.
Austin allowed 18 goals in 18 games with 79 saves and seven shutouts. She helped the Chanticleers to a 12-6-3 record. Individually, Austin had a 10-5-3 mark.
Coastal Carolina competes at the NCAA Division I level.