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York College lacrosse teams capture major CAC honors

STAFF REPORT, York Dispatch
  • York's Brandon Childs was named the CAC Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
  • York's Jen Muston was named the CAC Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year.
  • York's Nicole Clauter was named the CAC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year.
  • York's Meghan Fox was named te CAC Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year.

The York College men's and women's lacrosse teams both had outstanding seasons this year.

York College's Meghan Fox (6) scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the Spartans' 5-4 win over St. John Fisher in the second round of the women's NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Their strong campaigns netted them a number of major Capital Athletic Conference honors.

The men's team put a school-record-tying eight players on the all-conference teams, while the women had five of its own. In addition, both teams' coaches earned CAC Coach of the Year accolades.

On the men's team, sophomores Brendan McGrath and Austin Glab, junior Joey Fiorino and senior Conrad Ordakowski made the All-CAC first team, while sophomores Cameron Leech and J.D. Beck and juniors Matt Whitcher and Landry Marshall were named to the second team. Brandon Childs was named the league's coach of the year for the second time.

McGrath led York in scoring, registering 73 points on 51 goals and 22 assists. He finished fourth in the conference in points. Glab notched 28 goals and five assists for 33 points. 

This was Fiorino's third All-CAC honor and his second consecutive first-team recognition. He was the leader of the Spartans' defense that allowed just more than seven goals per game, ranking it 17th in the nation. Ordakowski was a short-stick defender who collected 27 ground balls and caused six turnovers.

Leech had 59 points on a school-record 42 assists. Beck had 30 ground balls and forced 11 turnovers. Whitcher recorded 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points. Marshall, the team's goaltender, went 16-2 with a 6.85 goals-against average and stopped 56.5 percent of shots against him.

York has a 16-3 record and finished second in the CAC regular season. They are ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III. The Spartans lost to top-ranked Salisbury in the conference tournament championship game last Saturday, 15-5.

Women's standouts: On the women's team, head coach Jen Muston was named CAC Coach of the Year, while Nicole Clauter was named CAC Player of the Year and Meghan Fox took home Rookie of the Year recognition.

Clauter was the second Spartan to win Player of the Year, doing it as a defender. Clauter led the team in draw controls (58), ground balls (22) and caused turnovers (16). She was the catalyst for a defense that finished second in the CAC in goals against, allowing 5.75 per game.

As a freshman, Fox led the Spartans in scoring, recording 35 goals and 11 assists for 46 points.

Joining Fox and Clauter with All-CAC first-team honors was freshman Regan Cook, who played in just 12 games, before missing the final five with an illness. She notched 25 points, 24 of which came from goals. 

Melissa Meehling and Charlotte Wright were both named to the second team. Meehling earned her second consecutive All-CAC appearance. She recorded 16 points on 13 goals and three assists. She also came up with 15 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. Wright secured her first All-CAC recognition as a goaltender, boasting a 6.16 goals-against average and 43.4 save percentage. 

The women have a 14-3 record, losing to Salisbury in the CAC championship game, 7-2, last Saturday. York, ranked No. 9 in NCAA Division III, won the CAC regular-season crown. 

Both the men's and women's team will learn their NCAA Division III Tournament fates on Sunday night.



Susquehannock grad Wagner recognized: Susquehannock High School graduate Katie Wagner has earned second-team All-CAC women's tennis honors in both singles and doubles.

Wagner is a junior at York College. She finished 11-3 in No. 1 singles action this season. She has played No. 1 singles all three seasons for the Spartans and has a career record of 32-8. That is a program record.

Wagner and Darian Naill played at No. 1 doubles for York, going 10-5. Wagner and Naill are the first Spartans' women's tennis players to earn All-CAC honors since 2011.  

Wagner has 27 career doubles victories at York. Naill also finished her York career with 27 doubles wins.

York Catholic grad Gabriele honored by PSAC: York Catholic High School graduate Sarah Gabriele, a junior at Kutztown University, has been selected to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Second Team.

This is the second consecutive year that Gabriele was named to an All-PSAC squad. Gabriele improved from third team in 2016 to second team in 2017.

Gabriele led the Golden Bears in goals (53) and points (67). She was also second on the team in assists with 14. Gabriele is already the program leader in points (172) and goals (135), with another season left to go. Gabriele is also fourth all-time with 37 assists.

 Kutztown finished 7-10 overall and 3-9 in the conference.

Spartans' baseball team falls: The York College baseball team had a 5-2 lead after 3 1/2 innings but couldn't hold on in dropping a 7-6 non-league decision at Susquehanna.

York fell to 18-21. Susquehanna is 22-16.

Zach Hossler (three hits, homer, two RBIs, two runs), Seth Brosius (homer, two RBIs, run), Christian Bilan (two doubles), York Catholic grad Patrick Clement (homer) and Kennard-Dale grad Collin Crowell (double, run) led York's offense.

Hossler is CAC Player of the Week in baseball: York junior second baseman Zach Hossler was named the CAC Baseball Player of the Week after helping York to a 3-0 record last week. Hossler had multiple hits in all three of the Spartans' wins, hitting an impressive .727 in the contests, while driving in three runs, recording two doubles and scoring five runs.

Quenzer earns track accolade: York junior hurdler Ericka Quenzer took home the CAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week award. Her strong week included breaking her own school record in the preliminary round of the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.84 seconds at the Paul Kaiser Invitational. She went on to top that time again in the finals with a time of 14.82, good for third place.