K-D's Dressel earns top Y-A girls' lacrosse honor

Patrick Strohecker
  • Kennard-Dale senior Emmie Dressel was named the Y-A League's Most Outstanding Player.
  • York Catholic coach Rob Linthicum was named the Coach of the Year.

Kennard-Dale senior attacker Emmie Dressel has enjoyed a decorated lacrosse career that will soon come to a close.

Kennard Dale's Emmie Dressel (11) was named the Most Outstanding Player for the 2017 Y-A League season by the Y-A League Girls' Lacrosse Coaches Association.

In her time with the Rams, she's been a member of three consecutive York-Adams League championship teams, a District 3 championship and a few state qualifiers.

Now, she can add an individual honor to that list of accomplishments after the York-Adams League Girls' Lacrosse Coaches Association voted her the league's Most Outstanding Player for the 2017 season.

York Catholic head coach Rob Linthicum secured Coach of the Year honors after leading the Fighting Irish to a 10-1-1 mark in league play, a 15-2-1 overall record through Wednesday's District 3 2-A quarterfinal round and runner-up honors in the Y-A League Tournament.

Dressel has been one of the most dynamic players on the K-D attack over the last three years. After prolific goal-scorer Morgan Day graduated following the 2015 season, Dressel stepped out from Day's shadow and took center stage in the Rams' attack. Her ability to not only score goals, but also facilitate and dish out assists, made her a threat in every aspect of the offensive game, earning her an NCAA Division I opportunity at La Salle University next year.

In the Rams' league championship game victory over York Catholic, Dressel finished with three goals and four assists and her performance has only gotten better in districts. Through K-D's first two District 3 2-A games, she's factored in on more than half of the Rams' 50 goals, scoring eight and assisting on 18, including 13 helpers in their opening-round 29-2 win over Harrisburg Christian.

Joining Dressel on the first-team attack list was York Catholic senior Anna Linthicum, who was voted the Attacker of the Year. Peyton Shima of Red Lion, Kenna Hancock and Kyla Held of Susquehannock rounded out the attack group.

York Catholic girls' lacrosse coach Rob Linthicum was named the Y-A League Coach of the Year after guiding the Fighting Irish to a 15-2-1 record so far this season and a 10-1-1 mark in league play.

In the midfield, Red Lion senior and University of Cincinnati commit Alyssa Adams was named the Midfielder of the Year and was joined on the first team by Susquehannock's Gena Speights and Rachel Marshner, York Catholic's Kayleigh Pokrivka and Amanda Tufano, Eastern York's Briana Pfeiffer and Morgan Bowings of Kennard-Dale.

On defense, Brooke Seibert of Kennard-Dale was named the Defender of the Year. Her defensive linemates, Claire Gamache and Renee Gering, were also named to the first team, along with Spring Grove's Samantha Richards and York Catholic's Reiley Anderson.

In goal, Kirsten Lake of York Catholic was named Goalie of the Year.

The following players earned second-team and honorable-mention recognition from the league's coaches:


Attackers: Emily Kurland (Central York), Maddie Day (Kennard-Dale), Emma Stiffler (Susquehannock), Sarah Mazzur (York Catholic)

Midfielders: Melissa Clapsaddle (Dallastown), Megan Halczuk (Kennard-Dale), Gillian Zimmerman (Kennard-Dale), Raleigh Bateman (New Oxford), Elizabeth Antoshak (South Western), Lauren Grove (Spring Grove)

Defenders: Bridget Sterling (York Catholic), McKenna Keller (Eastern York), Chloe Pevarnik (New Oxford), Mackenzie Ehrbaker (Red Lion)

Goalie: Gracie Ernst (New Oxford)


Attackers: Abby McFerren (Central York), Lexie Leete (New Oxford), Sara Simms (Red Lion), Sydney Sweitzer (West York)

Midfielders: Sam Kreis (Central York), Lauren China (York Catholic)

Defenders: Sarah Lynam (Dallastown), McKenna Clark (Spring Grove)

Goalies: Sam McGuire (Susquehannock), Larissa Herbert (Red Lion)

— Reach Patrick Strohecker at pstrohecker@yorkdispatch.com