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Nicole Clauter of the York College women's lacrosse team was named a first-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) on Friday.

She becomes just the seventh Spartan to earn All-American honors, and the second to be placed on the first team.

Clauter is one of just two sophomores to be named to the first team, while just five earned All-American status. She is the anchor of the York defense, which ranks seventh in the nation in scoring, at just 5.65 goals against per game. She leads the Spartans in the three major defensive categories with 62 draw controls, 22 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers.

Earlier this month, Clauter was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, becoming just the second Spartan and second defender to earn the honor. Additionally, she was named the CAC Defensive Player of the Week on three occasions, separating herself as one of the premier defenders in the country. She is a two-time first-team All-CAC selection in both of her two seasons at York College.

This year Clauter has controlled at least four draws in 10 games, and snatched seven of them in a 14-6 victory over No. 11-ranked Catholic. She also controlled the most important draw of the season on Sunday with 20 seconds remaining to clinch York's victory over St. John Fisher in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"Our entire staff is very proud of Nicky for this achievement," head coach Jen Muston said in a news release. "Being selected as an All-American is a tremendous honor not only for Nicky, but for our entire program. She is a very tough and consistent player who performs everyday, and has shown great improvement in her game in just her second year."

As just a sophomore, Muston is looking forward to the next couple of years. "She has a very bright future, and a lot of great lacrosse left in her," she said.

She has started in all 37 games of her Spartan career, totaling 95 draw controls, 43 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers. She scored two goals and added an assist in her freshman year.

Clauter has helped the Spartans to a 15-3 record, an undefeated conference season, a CAC championship game appearance and a spot in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

York will take on Messiah College at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Hartford, Conn. in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. With a win, the Spartans will reach the Elite Eight for just the second time in school history. That national quarterfinal would be against the winner of Trinity (Conn.) and Franklin & Marshall.

Information for this story was provided by York College.

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