The York College men's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Division III men's basketball national championship tournament.
The Spartans used a hot shooting performance and placed five players in double figures to earn the program's third Capital Athletic Conference tournament championship with an 82-73 win at top-seeded Christopher Newport on Saturday in Newport News, Virginia.
The Spartans trailed midway through the second half but used a 19-3 run to take control. York went 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the final 1 minute, 50 seconds of the game to secure the road win.
The win avenged a 10-point loss that came at CNU just a week ago in the regular-season finale for both teams. York earned its first tournament championship since 2011-12.
York, ranked No. 12 in the latest d3hoops.com NCAA Division III national poll, improved to 23-4. CNU fell to 21-6. The two teams had shared the CAC regular-season title and had split their two regular-season meetings.
The Spartans shot 56.6 percent from the field, compared to 43.3 percent for CNU. That marked York's best shooting effort for the season. York shot 46.2 percent from 3-point range.
Blayde Reich powered York with 25 points, six rebounds and three assists in just 22 minutes. He was 10 for 16 from the field.
Jason Bady (16 points, five rebounds, two assists, four steals), Matt Scamuffo (13 points, three rebounds), Central York High School graduate Jared Wagner (11 points, four rebounds, two assists, 4 for 4 from the field) and Dalton Myers (10 points, three assists) also hit double digits in scoring for York.
South Western High School graduate Brock Geiman led CNU with 21 points on 8 for 13 shooting, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range. Geiman is just a freshman.
The Spartans had never won at the Freeman Center, entering the game at 0-5 in the building since the Captains joined the CAC. York is now 3-10 all-time against the Captains.
York's previous CAC tournament titles came in 2004-05 and 2011-12
The Spartans are ranked first in the Middle Atlantic Regional rankings, while CNU entered the game at No. 2.
York's 23 wins are the most since the 2005-06 squad went 25-4.
The Spartans will now wait for Monday's NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament selection show to see who and where they will play in the NCAA tournament. This will be the Spartans' fifth NCAA tournament appearance. The show is set for a 12:30 p.m. start on www.ncaa.com.
Spartans take second at wrestling regional: The York College wrestling squad capped a strong weekend with a second-place finish at the NCAA Division III Southeast Regional in Rocky Mount, Virginia on Saturday.
The Spartans, ranked No. 14 in the latest NCAA Division III poll, totaled 133 points, finishing second to Messiah. The Falcons won the regional with 147 points.
The Spartans finished with two champions — juniors Dylan Nuttall (125 pounds) and Greg Warner (149). Four other Spartans will join Nuttall and Warner in Cleveland, Ohio, for the NCAA D-III national championship meet — Eric Hutchinson (157), Joe Sindoni (174), Frankie Krauss (184) and Hasan Alic (197). The six qualifiers tie the 1996 Spartans for the most qualifiers in school history.
Nuttall beat second seed Kordell Rush from Delaware Valley in the 125 final, 2-0, to earn his first regional crown and get his first berth in the national meet. Nuttall, who battled injuries most of this year, improved to 11-3.
Warner earned his first regional title but third NCAA championship berth. He earned a 5-2 win over Messiah's Stephen Maloney in the 149 championship bout. Warner enters the national tournament at 29-3 and on a 21-match win streak. He will look to become a three-time All-American. He turned the trick as both a freshman and a sophomore.
Hutchinson, a freshman, finished second at 157. He lost to Messiah's Kevin Edwards in the title match, 6-3. Hutchinson is 19-9 and moves on to his first national championship tournament.
Sindoni, a junior, earned his first NCAA Tournament berth with third-place finish at 174. His record stands at 14-5.
Krauss, a junior, was third at 184 to earn his first trip to the national tournament. Krauss heads to Cleveland at 28-5.
Alic, a senior, took third at 197. Alic heads to the national championship at 21-11.
The NCAA D-III national tournament will be held on March 9 and 10 in the Cleveland Public Auditorium in downtown Cleveland.
No. 8 Spartans take women's lacrosse opener: The York College women's lacrosse team opened its 2018 campaign with a 15-4 victory over Montclair State University on an overcast Sunday afternoon in York.
Sophomore Meghan Fox scored York's first four goals of the game and the Spartans would cruise from there. The game was the first women's lacrosse game on the new Kinsley Field playing surface.
York is ranked No. 8 nationally in NCAA Division III.
Fox, a sophomore, finished with four goals and two assists. The six points were a new career high for Fox. The four goals tie her career high. Caitlin Rankin (three goals, assist) and Devin Hursey (goal, assist) also excelled for York. Rankin also set a career high with her four points.
Senior goalie Charlotte Wright earned her 30th career victory for the Spartans in her 42nd career game. She made three saves.
The Spartans return to action Wednesday, when they host nationally ranked Franklin & Marshall College in a non-conference contest at Kinsley Field. Game time is set for a 4 p.m.
Spartan swimmers excel: Keven Stahl, Morgan Schreiber, Jesse Tate and Justine Wantz excelled at the Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, which concluded Sunday at St. Mary's City, Maryland.
In men's action, Stahl, a freshman, won the 500 freestyle, 400 individual medley and the 1,650 freestyle. Schreiber, a senior, won the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke. Tate, a sophomore who swam for Central York High School, won the 200 IM and 200 butterfly. The York men also won three relays — the 400 medley, 800 free and 200 medley.
In women's action, sophomore Justine Wantz won the 100 back and 200 back. The York women won the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.
The York men and women each finished second in the respective team competitions. Mary Washington won both titles.
Softball team goes 2-2 over weekend: The York College softball team went 2-2 over the weekend in season-opening action in Clermont, Florida.
Saturday, York beat Alverno, 3-0, and lost to Augustana, 3-2. Sunday, York beat Johnson State, 26-0, and lost to Augustana, 8-7.
In the win over Alverno, Ginger Lewis pitched a seven-inning no-hitter, striking out seven and walking two. Madison Bowen had a three-run triple for York.
In the win vs. Johnson State, Samantha Kiser pitched a five-inning one-hitter, striking out four and walking none. Jordan Vazquez (two doubles, triple, three runs, four RBIs) and Savannah Zittle (three hits, homer, three runs, five RBIs) paced the York offense.
In Sunday's loss to Augustana, Zittle had two doubles, three hits and two RBIs.