The York College field hockey program was honored for its success in the classroom on Monday when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its team and individual academic award selections.
Seventeen Spartans, the most in program history, earned recognition as members of the NFHCA NCAA Division III National Academic Squad, only eligible to student-athletes who maintained a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic school year. That list included three women who graduated from York County high schools.
The York College team as a whole, was mentioned as one of 124 recipients of the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award, given to institutions that achieved a combined GPA of at least 3.0.
Additionally, three Spartans earned top individual accolades when they were named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction, honoring student-athletes with a 3.90 GPA or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. Sophomore Naomi George received the distinction for the second time, while freshmen Sam Keating and Greta Plappert were first-time selections. They were three of just 208 student-athletes nationally that were recognized for their achievements. Plappert is a Central York High School graduate.
In addition to George, Keating and Plappert, here is the list of the other 14 Spartan student-athletes selected to the National Academic Squad: Freshman Abby Batchelder, freshman Amanda Boclair, junior Shania Gelvin, sophomore Naomi George (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring), freshman Kendall Hamlin, sophomore Eve Hauptle, freshman Meghan Heary, junior Kenidy Kubitz, senior Sydney LaMarsh, junior Autumn Mallory, sophomore Lindsay Nye, junior Beth Patrick, sophomore Kate Swope, senior Alexa Taylor and sophomore Paige Taylor.
Both Taylors are Red Lion High School graduates.
Gelvin, Kubitz, LaMarsh, Mallory, Patrick and Alexa Taylor are now three-time selections, while George, Hauptle, Swope and Paige Taylor are making their second appearance on the National Academic Squad.
York has received team and individual recognition every season since the 2006 season. York finished 13-6 this season.
Clauter earns CAC honor: York College sophomore defender Nicole Clauter has been named the Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week as announced by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Clauter led the Spartans to a win in their only game this week, when York downed SUNY Oswego on Sunday, 12-5. Clauter registered five draw controls, two ground balls and a career-high three caused turnovers in the win. Clauter played the first 45 minutes of the game before being subbed out in the lopsided game. When Clauter was on the field, the Spartans allowed just three goals on eight shots. Half of Oswego's shots came after Clauter headed to the bench.
For the season, Clauter is ranked fifth in the CAC in draw controls but she has played three less games than the players ranked above her. She leads the Spartans in draw controls (22), ground balls (22) and caused turnovers (7).
Baseball team keeps rolling: The York College baseball team continued its recent roll on Tuesday, earning its fourth straight win with a 9-6 non-conference victory at Stevenson in Maryland.
The Spartans improved to 8-3, while Stevenson fell to 6-9.
Devin Champman (two hits, two RBIs), Michael Moore (three runs, two walks, hit), Zach Hossler (two hits, walk, run), Christian Bilan (two hits, run, RBI), Grant Oberholtzer (two RBIs, two walks, hit) and Garrett Southern (two hits, double, run) led York's 10-hit attack. Bobby Kuehn got the win on the mound, pitching 6 2/3 innings and allowing five runs.
Softball team settles for split: The York College softball team settled for a split in its non-conference doubleheader at Hood in Frederick, Maryland, on Tuesday, winning the first game, 5-0, before suffering a 5-3 loss in the second game.
In the opener, Ginger Lewis threw a six-hit shutout for York, striking out five and walking one. Savannah Zittle had two hits and a run scored for the Spartans, while Haley Hirn had two RBIs, a hit, a walk and a run scored. In the second game, Hirn, Carleigh Ruleman and Katelyn Mehrling homered to account for all of York's offense.
York is now 10-6, while Hood is 9-4.