Six members of the York College men's lacrosse team were recently named to the 2017 USILA/Nike NCAA Division III All-American Teams as chosen by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Conrad Ordakowski made program history by becoming the first Spartan ever to earn first-team honors. Joey Fiorino was named to the second team, while Brendan McGrath, Austin Glab, Cameron Leech and J.D. Beck were honorable-mention selections. The six selections set a single-season Spartans record.
A defensive-minded short-stick midfielder, Ordakowski picked up 31 ground balls, caused six turnovers and notched two points on one goal and one assist this season. The senior was also a first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference selection, marking his first appearance on either squad.
Fiorino, the third second-team selection in program history, was named an All-American for the second time in his career after picking up third-team honors last season. He’s also just the fourth Spartan to be named All-American more than once. Fiorino started all 21 games this year, recording 47 ground balls, causing 12 turnovers and scoring two goals from his spot on the Spartan defense. He was a first-team All-CAC pick this year after being a second-teamer in his freshman and sophomore years.
The sophomore McGrath set records of his own this season with a new school, single-season record of 82 points. That mark included a single-season school record 58 goals, four of them game-winners, and 24 assists. He tied a single-game school record with seven goals against Aurora on Feb. 25. McGrath finished fourth in the CAC in both points and goals, and was a first-team All-CAC selection this season.
Glab recorded 37 points on 31 goals and six assists this year, with seven of those goals during man-up situations. The sophomore also registered 17 ground balls, caused four turnovers and was a first-team All-CAC pick this year.
Leech set a single-season record for assists with 48 to go along with 17 goals for 65 points. Only a sophomore, Leech now sits fifth in school history for assists with 69, only 11 behind the record-holder Tyler Hutson. He was also a second-team All-CAC pick this season.
Beck scooped up 36 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers while anchoring an outstanding York defense. Beck, another sophomore, was a second-team CAC selection this year.
The Spartans finished the year at 17-4, including a 7-1 mark in CAC play. They reached the CAC Tournament championship and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Their 17 wins fell one short of the program record from 2016.
DeMeester Academic Award winners picked: York College recently handed out its William DeMeester Academic Awards, which recognize the male and female four-year student-athletes who have the highest cumulative grade-point average. The team awards recognize the men’s and women’s teams with the highest GPA over the course of the 2016-17 academic year.
This year’s men’s winner was swimmer Tim McCullough, who sports a 3.77 GPA and had a perfect 4.0 mark in the spring semester. McCullough is an early education major and has earned Dean’s List honors in six different semesters.
Cross country and track and field standout Alicia Dillman ran away with the women’s award. She finished her Spartan career with a 3.89 GPA. Dillman is a biology major and has earned Dean’s List honors in seven of her York College semesters.
The women’s team award went to the softball squad, which registered a 3.53 GPA for the year. On the diamond, the team posted a 28-15 record. Women’s lacrosse (3.45) finished second, followed by soccer (3.44), volleyball (3.43) and cross country (3.41).
The cross country team trotted home with the men’s award, posting a 3.48 GPA, marking the second straight year the squad has won the award. Track and field finished second at 3.29 followed by basketball (3.26), soccer (3.21), and tennis (3.20).
Overall, the school's athletes had a 3.28 GPA. That breaks the previous school record of 3.26, set last academic season.
Brosius earns regional honor: York College junior outfielder Seth Brosius was recently named to the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-South Region team. Brosius becomes the first Spartan to earn all-region honors since 2014.
Brosius, who also earned All-CAC honors earlier in the month, finished his junior season with a .341 average. He also recorded 39 RBIs, 31 runs scored, 16 doubles, six home runs and four stolen bases. He also posted a .541 slugging percentage, a .407 on-base percentage and a .959 fielding percentage.
The junior led the Spartans in homers, doubles, RBIs and at-bats. He was second in hits and batting average, as well as third in runs scored. He was ranked second in the CAC in doubles, fifth in base hits, eighth in RBIs and 11th in home runs.