When the York-Adams League split into four divisions before the beginning of last season, whispers from players and coaches alike had serious doubts about the caliber of play in Division II.
With the heavyweights of the league — Dallastown, Red Lion, New Oxford — all in Division I, some believed that Division II was just going to be a punching bag.
To an extent, that was the case in the regular season. The Division II squads came up short in many of the head-to-head battles. When the postseason rolled around, however, the story was a little different. Susquehannock advanced to the league final after upsetting favored Bermudian Springs.
This year was similar in many regards. The Warriors finished 1-4 against D-I squads, but 8-0 against divisional opponents.
That’s something that Susquehannock sophomore standout Lauryn Wojcik is hoping will change come next season. Wojcik, who led the Warriors with 21 goals this year, was recently named the D-II Player of the Year by the league's coaches.
It stands to reason that if Susquehannock can gain ground on the D-I foes, Wojcik will be a big part of it.
“After last year we lost a Player of the Year (Brooke Morris), so were a little nervous about this year,” Wojcik said. “But we all had the same goal, which is to win it again. And while we lose more seniors (five, including three all-stars), we hope to do the same.”
Blueprint for the future: Wojcik, who plays for the nationally-regarded WC Eagles club team out of Pottstown in the offseason, pointed to the Red Lion game this year as a blueprint for the future. While the Warriors fell 4-3, that loss came in overtime, which is something Wojcik feels her team can build upon for next year.
“We were in overtime and we had the ball down in their part of the field most of the time,” she said. “But (they won) because they got a lucky breakaway. So after the game we were all still super-excited that we could match up to their playing level. That brought out our best game.”
Increasing her production: Seemingly every game was a highlight for Wojcik, who scored multiple goals in six of her team’s 18 games this year. Her production more than doubled her freshman year production, when she scored 10 goals.
“Lauryn is a really dedicated field hockey player,” Susquehannock coach Tracey Kerr said. “Her stick skills set her apart from most players. She works hard to perfect her skill set and pushes her teammates to do the same.”
Other top players: The other three league players of the year were senior Carly Flickinger (New Oxford, Division I), senior Olivia Blasone (Bermudian Springs, Division III) and senior Avery Martz (Hanover, Division IV).
Flickinger led the Colonials with 23 goals this year. Blasone, a Towson University recruit, finished with 22 goals and 29 assists for the Eagles. Martz scored 35 goals to go with seven assists for the Nighthawks.
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YORK-ADAMS COACHES ALL-STARS
PLAYER OF YEAR: Carly Flickinger, New Oxford, senior.
Bri Smith, New Oxford, senior.
Breann Craley, Central York, junior.
Kyra Heap, Central York, junior.
Hayley Taylor, Red Lion, senior.
Sam Collis, Red Lion, senior.
Shreya Rajachranan, Dallastown, senior.
Kylie Good, Spring Grove, senior.
Jordan Sleeth, Red Lion, senior.
Emily Smith, Central York, sophomore.
Sarah Baker, Dallastown, senior.
Shaeleigh Strange, Central York, senior.
Lauren Smith, New Oxford, senior.
Kiarra Rivera, Central York, senior.
Franzi Bacher, New Oxford, junior.
Rebekah Dodson, Dallastown, senior.
Sarah Parrish, New Oxford, senior.
Peyton Shima, Red Lion, senior.
McKenna Clark, Spring Grove, senior.
Madi Strayer, Dallastown, junior.
Lauren Guise, Spring Grove, junior.
PLAYER OF YEAR: Lauryn Wojcik, Susquehannock, sophomore.
Kyla Hersh, South Western, senior.
Maggie Howells, Susquehannock, junior.
Julia McKenzie, Susquehannock, senior.
Ellie Lindauer, Susquehannock, senior.
Lily Soullaird, South Western, senior.
Kat Study, South Western, sophomore.
Emma DeLuca, Susquehannock, senior.
Alexis Wagner, South Western, senior.
Alyssa Boyer, West York, senior.
Maggie Spadafora, West York, freshman.
Shannon Kelly, Northeastern, senior.
Hannah Smith, Dover, junior.
Libby Bahoric, West York, junior.
Abbey Frey, Dover, sophmore.
PLAYER OF YEAR: Olivia Blasone, Bermudian Springs, senior.
Ashley Kunkle, Bermudian Springs, senior.
Jenna Soukaseum, Kennard-Dale, sophomore.
Morgan Bowings, Kennard-Dale, senior.
Skyler West, Bermudian Springs, sophomore.
Kayla Pyles, Bermudian Springs, junior.
Kelsey Felix, Eastern York, freshman.
Addison Malone, Eastern York, sophomore.
Lindsay Dell, Kennard-Dale, senior.
Anna Coale, Gettysburg, junior.
Heather Spangler, Gettysburg, junior.
Cing Lun, Gettysburg, junior.
Carder Miller, York Suburban, sophomore.
Rachel Peters, York Suburban, senior.
Emma Lucas, Kennard-Dale, senior.
Isabella McKenzie, Eastern York, freshman.
Haley Holtzinger, Eastern York, sophomore.
Karli Bortner, Gettysburg, freshman.
PLAYER OF YEAR: Avery Martz, Hanover, senior.
Saige Stevens, Hanover, junior.
Savannah Schisler, Littlestown, senior.
Makenzie Neiderer, Fairfield, junior.
Madi Kohls, Littlestown, senior.
Brigid Costello, Littlestown, senior.
Delanie Smith, Biglerville, sophomore.
Gracey Hardy, Biglerville, senior.
Emma Fee, Biglerville, senior.
Helen Rosenbrien, Hanover, senior.
Ella Krenzer, Hanover, sophomore.
Kelsey Abrams, Littlestown, junior.
Madelyn Hutton, Hanover, sophomore.
Carter Clabaugh, Littlestown, sophomore.
Bailey Selman, Fairfield, junior.
Hannah Wilt, Fairfield, senior.
Elizabeth Little, Delone Catholic, senior.
Alivia Franco, Fairfield, junior.
Madeline Hoverkamp, Delone Catholic, senior.
Alisun Zimmerman, Biglerville, junior.
Abby Lawrence, Delone Catholic, senior.