ST. MARY’S CITY, MD – The York College field hockey team placed three student-athletes on the 2007 edition of the All-Capital Athletic Conference squad. Junior forward April McFarland (York, Pa./Eastern York), junior midfielder Casey Knauss (St. Michaels, Md./Easton), and sophomore goalkeeper Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) each earned second team honors for their efforts during the season.
McFarland continued to add to her impressive collegiate resume with a strong junior campaign. The forward amassed eleven goals and one assist for a total of 23 points. McFarland is a strong and athletic player who consistently gets into the right spot to create dangerous chances. For her career, McFarland has tallied 35 goals while registering seven assists for 77 points.
“April was overlooked last year and I’m pleased that she was able to make second team,” Head Coach Megan Eckenrode said. “She is one of our strongest players.”
Knauss earns her second bid on the All-CAC squad after also landing on the second team in 2006. A tough midfielder who has the ability to make big plays, Knauss’ steady play in the middle of the field proved invaluable to Spartans this season. Knauss handed-out one assist from her midfield slot this year as she increased her career total to five. She also has one goal to her credit in her Spartan tenure, tallying a game-winning score last season.
“Casey had a strong season for us this year,” the Spartan mentor noted. “She is a very dependable player; definitely a playmaker as she creates scoring opportunities.”
Rekitzke backed up a stellar 2006 freshman campaign with her first All-CAC selection in her second season in the green and white. Rekitzke played 1423:41 of York’s 1485:58 drawing starts in 19 of 21 contests. She posted a .709 save percentage en route to setting York’s single season save record with 161 stops. A solid goalkeeper who is committed to honing her craft, Rekitzke should only get better as her college career progresses.
As a former goalkeeper during her playing days, Eckenrode is very high on her sophomore netminder. “Claire is one of the strongest goalkeepers not only in our conference but also in Division III field hockey,” Eckenrode said.
York fell to Wesley in the quarterfinal round of this season’s CAC tournament. The Spartans will look to work hard in the off-season as they continue to make positive steps in their ascent to the top of the CAC.