YORK, PA – For the first time in school history, the York College Spartans captured the 2009-10 Capital Athletic Conference Men’s Commissioner’s Award as announced by the CAC office recently.
The award, which signifies the most outstanding men’s athletic program in the conference, is in it’s third year of existence as the Spartans accumulated 76.0 points, edging last year’s champion, Salisbury University, by 2.5 points in the overall standings. Mary Washington finished third followed by Wesley.
The Spartans earned the award on the strength of a men’s soccer CAC championship while they also placed second in golf and men’s swimming. The Spartans’ nine programs in the CAC (wrestling is a member of the Metropolitan Wrestling Conference) accumulated a mark of 189-71-7 in 2009-10. That translates into a blistering 72.1% winning percentage. The Spartans did not have a CAC sponsored men’s team finish below .500 during the campaign. Men’s Swimming won at the highest percentage as their 10-1 record was good for a 90.1% winning percentage. Men’s Soccer went 17-1-5, which is an 84.7% winning percentage. Five Spartan teams finished with a 66.7% winning percentage or better.
York College Assistant Dean of Athletics and Recreation was pleased to see the Spartan men’s program earn the distinction of the best men’s program in the conference.
“While NCAA tournament participation can signify a specific team’s national impact, it is this broad based success that has been our primary goal for years,” states Sullivan. “York College athletics strives to be a powerhouse across all 20 varsity programs and this Commissioner’s Cup win demonstrates that we are well on our way to achieving that goal. This is an amazingly significant achievement for our department given the strength of the teams we are competing against.”
The men’s soccer title was the fourth overall in school history as the team advanced to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament, a new school record for York. The Spartans have now won 13 Capital Athletic Conference championships overall with 11 of those coming from the men’s side of the program.
In the overall Richard C. Cook All-Sports Award, the Spartans finished third the Green and White accumulated 150 points. Salisbury finished first for the fifth consecutive year as they won seven CAC championships and finished second in four other sports. Salisbury accumulated 172 points while Mary Washington was second with 168.5 points. The Spartans finished 57.3 points in front of fourth-place St. Mary’s. The Spartans closed the gap on the top two as they finished 10 points closer to Salisbury and Mary Washington, a sign the Spartans are heading in the right direction.
On the women’s side of the ledger, the Spartans finished third with 74 points, finishing behind women’s champion Salisbury at 98.5 points and Mary Washington at 97.0 points.