Spartans Nab Record-Setting Five All-CAC Members
YORK, PA – On the heels of their highest win total since 2001, the 14-8 York College field hockey squad received fantastic news Thursday as a program-best five Spartans were chosen to the 2009 All-Capital Athletic Conference squad.
Seniors Veronica Eltz (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) and Claire Rekitzke (Seaford, Del./Seaford Senior) were each first-team all-conference selections while Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County), Katie Dawkins (Easton, Md./Easton), and Allison Roush (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) received second-team bids.
Eltz makes her first appearance on the All-CAC first-team after being named to the second-team last season. A tough defender who is exceptionally fit, Eltz provided the Spartans with an intelligent and experienced presence in the back. She is a two-year captain who brough quality leadership to the Spartans both on and off the field.
“I am so glad to see Veronica receive this honor,” Spartan head coach Jamie Swartz said. “She plays a position that has such an effect on the game yet does not post many statistics, so it is great to see that she was recognized for her tremendous contributions.”
Rekitzke is no stranger to all-league accolades as she returns to the All-CAC team for the third time in her stellar career, landing on the first-team for the first time. York’s top goalkeeper had a tremendous senior campaign as she paced a stellar Spartan defense that cut their goals against total by more than 30 tallies compared to 2008. Rekitzke’s confident attitude and superb technical skill allowed her to become the CAC’s best netminder this season.
“Claire really focused on playing well and having fun this
year,” Swartz said. “She had a simply outstanding
senior year and deserved her first-team award.”
Spangler also returns to the all-conference squad after appearing as a second-teamer in 2008.
One of the Spartans’ most skilled players, Spangler ranked third on the team with 23 points on seven goals and nine assists as she continued to be a strong offensive force. An athletic forward who spent much of her time on the left flank, Spangler created countless dangerous opportunities for the Green and White.
“She has such fantastic stick skills,” Swartz commented on York’s senior forward. “Her ability to weave down the sideline really provided us with an added dimension in our attack.”
Dawkins receives her first All-CAC nod after a fantastic junior campaign. The third-year forward erupted in 2009 as she tallied a team-high 18 goals and 40 points while scoring only three times over her two previous campaigns. Another athletic forward, Dawkins molded into a standout finisher this season en route to the second-team all-league bid.
“Katie really had a breakout year,” Swartz said. “She came into the year ready to play and definitely stepped up in a big way.”
Roush also makes her pioneer trip to the all-conference list having become one of the conference’s most well rounded attacking players. The junior notched 34 points on the season, ranking second on the squad, while scoring eleven times and distributing a team- and conference-best 12 assists. Posting double figures in both goals and assists makes her the first Spartan since Emily Schneck in 2001 to record double-digits in both categories.
“Allison’s ability to create plays and corners added a very dangerous component to our attack,” Swart said. “She had a great year and is deserving of the all-conference honor.”
York’s five All-CAC honorees prove the highest total of Spartans on the all-league list since the Green and White joined the conference in 1994. Previously, the Spartans placed four individuals on six separate All-CAC squads.
“All of them really stepped up this year,” Swartz commented on the Spartans’ record-setting five all-conference players. “In their effort to support their teammates, they ended up playing better themselves and shining throughout the year.”
Claire Rekitzke photo courtesy of Steve Doemland (www.stevedoemland.com)