A York College field hockey team that features four former York County high school standouts is now ranked among the top NCAA Division III squads in the nation.
Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 10, the Spartans broke into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) NCAA Division III Top 20 after spending the last three week weeks receiving votes. The Spartans made their debut in the poll at No. 18 with an overall mark of 9-2.
The Spartans are ranked for the first time since they were No. 16 on Sept. 11, 2001. The Spartans reached a high of No. 7 during late September of the 2000 season.
York head coach Katie Fost knows that the rankings are something the Spartans have kept an eye on.
"Since we started receiving votes on Sept. 12th it became a goal for this team to crack the Top 20," Fost said in a news release. "I hope that this recognition continues to motivate and inspire our team to keep putting in the effort that is asked of them day in and day out, and that they continue to rise to the challenges put before them."
The Spartans have made hay at home, where they are 5-0 and have averaged 5.6 goals per game (28 goals) while they have allowed just four goals. The Spartans have won both of their Capital Athletic Conference contests by a combined 10-1, downing Wesley 5-1 and St. Mary's 5-0.
After the Spartans play host Bridgewater on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in the middle game of their season-high, five-game home stand, York welcomes Mary Washington (Saturday, Oct. 14) and No. 9 Salisbury (Wednesday, Oct. 18) to Kinsley Field in a pair of key conference match ups.
"We are constantly talking about staying hungry for more, doing the little things right, and holding ourselves to a very high standard, and I could not be more proud of the ability of this team to keep rising each and every practice, and to continuously put in the hard work I ask of them," Fost said in the news release. "They should be really proud of what they have achieved with this milestone, but they know that it doesn't stop here. We want more, and we are willing to put in the work to get after our goals."
The Spartans lead the CAC in goals (50), goals per game (4.5), and penalty corners (125). Senior forward Autumn Mallory leads the conference in goals (14) and points (30) while sophomore forward Greta Plappert is second in goals (12) and points (26). Plappert is a Central York High School graduate.
Senior midfielder Ali Posey, a Red Lion High School graduate, has five goals and six assists, while another Red Lion grad, junior forward Paige Taylor, has three goals and four assists. Sophomore forward Camryn Burk, a Susquehannock grad, has not registered a point this season.
The Spartans have six regular-season games left on the schedule. After the next three home games, York heads out on the road to face No. 8 Christopher Newport on Saturday, Oct. 21, No. 13 Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Frostburg State on Thursday, Oct. 26.
Three Spartans honored by CAC: Three York College athletes have earned weekly honors from the CAC.
Senior Grant Dell was named the CAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week after taking third individually and leading the Spartans to a second-place team finish among 28 teams at the DeSales Invitational. Dell raced to third place out of 268 competitors with a time of 26 minutes, 11.5 seconds, good for an average mile of 5:17.
Junior Jess DelViscio earned CAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week honors after leading the Spartans to a fifth-place team finish among 22 teams at DeSales. DelViscio placed 18th out of 224 runners with a time of 24:28.1, averaging 6:34 per mile.
Junior defender Jennifer Morrissette was selected the CAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week. Morrissette led the Spartans to a pair of wins for the week including a shutout over St. Mary's on Saturday when Morisesette had a defensive save. Morrissette has 16 career defensive saves and is third on the school's all-time list.
Women's volleyball team wins seventh straight: The York College women's volleyball team won its seventh consecutive match on Tuesday, Oct. 10, over Elizabethtown College in five games, 25-15, 25-19, 20-25, 22-25, 18-16.
Three different Spartans (16-5) recorded double-digit kills, with Brooke Krebs leading the way with 13, while Tyler Williams added 12 and Madyson Whitcomb chipped in with 11. Alexis Harbold had 34 digs for York, while Krebs came up with 17. Gabby Emeigh (33) and Molly McCann (20) passed for a combined 53 assists in the win over the Blue Jays (13-7).