Hutson Named CAC Rookie of the Year, Lands on First Team; Blaker Captures Second-Team Honors
YORK, Pa. – York College men's lacrosse freshman Tyler Hutson was named the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and landed on the all-league first team while senior B.J. Blaker garnered second team all-conference honors as released by the conference office on Wednesday. Hutson becomes the second Spartan to capture CAC Men's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year accolades as Andrew Collins was the league's Co-Rookie of the Year in 2004.
Hutson's postseason accolades come on the heels of a tremendous first collegiate campaign. The rookie attack notched a team-leading 67 points on 51 goals and 16 assists. Those 67 points ranks first all-time for the Green and White in single-season points while his 51 goals is the second most for a Spartan in one year. Ranked fourth in the conference in both points and goals this season, Hutson is the first Spartan to notch first-team honors since former defensive standout Steve Mersinger during the 2009 campaign.
"Tyler had one of the best seasons I've ever seen from a freshman," Spartan head coach Brandon Childs said. "He has the ability to score every time he touches the ball. Tyler is more than just a scorer. He rides hard, gets tough ground balls, and sees the field well, too."
Blaker secures his second All-CAC award after capturing second-team honors as a sophomore in 2010. The senior midfielder ranked second on the squad in points and goals this season as he tallied 32 points on 24 goals and eight assists. Blaker finishes his outstanding Spartan career having played in 62 games and tallied 125 points on 91 goals and 34 helpers. For his career, Blaker tied for first all-time in total games played, stands fourth overall in Spartan history in goals, fifth in points, and eighth in assists.
"B.J. is a great player and has been the go-to guy at the midfield since he stepped foot on campus," Childs said. "His speed and ability to score makes him a matchup problem for anyone."