It's Capital Athletic Conference playoff time for the York College athletic programs.
The week ahead will be packed with postseason action for the Spartans.
The school's most successful teams this spring, the men's and women's lacrosse programs, will earn byes in the quarterfinals and won't play until Saturday's semifinal round.
The Spartan men, ranked third in the nation in NCAA Division III, finished as the CAC's No. 2 seed with a 15-2 overall record and 7-1 mark in the conference. Their only league loss came last Wednesday to top-seeded and top-ranked Salisbury. On Saturday, April 22, York will play host the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal contest between No. 3 seed Christopher Newport and No. 6 seed Southern Virginia. The championship game will be contested on Saturday, April 29.
In the women's bracket, the Spartans did grab the top seed in the conference by going a perfect 8-0 in league play and 13-2 overall. York earned the No. 1 seeding with a 10-6 win over No. 2 Salisbury last Wednesday. On Saturday, April 22, the Spartans, ranked seventh in last week's D-III poll, will play host the winner of No. 4 St. Mary's vs. No. 5 Christopher Newport, which will take place on Wednesday at St. Mary's. Again, the CAC women's final is set for Saturday, April 29.
In the baseball tournament, York captured the third seed in the CAC, finishing with a 15-15 overall mark, but 10-8 record in league play. The Spartans will open play on Tuesday with a home game against No. 4 Wesley at 3:30 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to face the winner of No. 2 Christopher Newport and No. 5 Marymount on Thursday at 4 p.m., while the loser will fall into the consolation bracket and face the loser of No. 1 Salisbury vs. No. 6 Mary Washington at 9 a.m. All championship weekend games will take place at Salisbury beginning Thursday and concluding on Saturday.
In the softball bracket, York secured the No. 4 seed, ending the regular season 26-12 overall and 8-6 in CAC action. All of the CAC playoff action will take place at No. 1 seed Christopher Newport. The Spartans will face fifth-seeded Mary Washington at 10 a.m. Thursday. The winner of the game will then take on top-seeded Christopher Newport at 2 p.m. Thursday, while the loser will face the loser of No. 2 Frostburg State vs. No. 3 Salisbury at 4 p.m. Thursday. If York makes it through the first day of action, it'll play again on Friday at either 10 a.m. or noon.
In women's tennis, the No. 4 Spartans advanced to the semifinal round with a 6-3 win over No. 5 St. Mary's on Saturday. That sets up York with a showdown at top-seeded Mary Washington on Wednesday afternoon. The winner of that match will face the winner of No. 2 Christopher Newport vs. No. 3 Salisbury in Saturday's championship match.
Meanwhile, the men's tennis team entered the CAC Tournament on Friday as the fifth seed, but pulled off a minor upset against No. 4 Southern Virginia, winning 5-3, to advance to Tuesday's semifinals. The Spartans will travel to face top-seeded Mary Washington at 3 p.m., with a berth in the championship match on the line.
Wagner sets program record: During the York College women's tennis team's opening-round win in the CAC Tournament on Saturday, Susquehannock graduate and Spartans senior Katie Wagner set the program record for most singles victories.
Her 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles was her 32nd career singles win for York, moving her out of a tie with previous record holder Kaitlyn Acker. Wagner now boasts a 32-8 all-time mark in three seasons with the Spartans.
Spartan men's golf team finishes 4th in CAC tourney: The York College men's golf team finished fourth in this weekend's CAC Tournament held at Bay Creek Golf Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia.
Over the course of the three-day event, the Spartans fired a team score of 973, finishing 75 strokes back of champion Christopher Newport, which shot a team score of 898, the only team to break 900 over the course of the tournament. Mary Washington came in second place with a 952 team score, while Marymount took third with a 969, four strokes better than York.
The Spartans' top player, Tyler Newton, led the team with an individual three-round total of 232, which was good for seventh in the field. David Rabil of Christopher Newport won the individual honor with a 221. York's Morgan Uhlick (247) finished in 15th, while Michael Fedak (248) took 16th. Zach Billings (256) finished in 22nd place and Alex Colton (257) finished in a tie for 23rd.