YORK, PA – York College sophomore attack Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) was named the 2013 Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year just one year after earning the league's Rookie-of-the-Year as the conference's post-season awards were announced by the league on Wednesday.
Hutson had a school-record five Spartan teammates join him on the two teams. Junior midfielder Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield) was named to the first-team along with Hutson while senior defender Justin Gordon (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley), junior midfielder James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana), sophomore short stick defender Drew Thomas (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford), and freshman goalie Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) each earned a berth on the second team. York established a new school-record with 13 wins as they advanced to the CAC semifinals before dropping a one-goal decision to St. Mary's.
Hutson capped a record-setting sophomore campaign with 78 points on 58 goals and 20 assists. Hutson's 78 points and 58 goals both established new single-season standards for the Green and White. His point total is currently 25 more than the next closest player in the CAC while his 58 goals are 21 more than the next closest goal scorer.
Hutson now has 145 career points on 109 goals and 36 assists in just 33 games. He ranks third in all-time points as he enters next season just 30 points out of first place. His 109 goals tie him for second place, 12 goals away from taking sole possession of first place.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs is pleased to see his sophomore attack get recognized with the Player-of-the-Year award.
"Tyler had a great sophomore year and is certainly deserving of the award. He was very steady for us all year and was a big part of our success," said Childs. "The great thing with Tyler is that he can continue to improve and become even more dangerous. I am grateful that we have him for another two years."
Childs also feels this is a team award just as much an individual one.
"To have the conference player of the year is a really great accomplishment for this team. I think having the other coaches vote one of our guys as the player of the year is a true indicator of our team's work. Believe it or not, this is a team award. Tyler is a great player but a lot of other guys do a lot of things that make Tyler better everyday."
Hutson started the season with five goals in three of his first four games as he got off to a fantastic start to the campaign. After a three game stretch where he was held to one goal and three assists, Hutson roared back with back-to-back seven point games followed by a six-point performance at Misericordia. Hutson then established a new career high with seven goals in the 17-5 rout of Christopher Newport. He also had an assist in the game to tie his previous career-high of eight points. Hutson would go on to score at least four points in the final five games of the season.
Krolus had a fantastic year as the Spartans' top midfielder. The junior played in and started all 17 games as he tallied 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. Krolus recorded 65 ground balls while he caused nine turnovers for York. He is one of the best two-way midfielders in the conference. The All-CAC berth is the first for Krolus.
"Seth is a rock for us," says Childs. "He is a fantastic two-way player that does so much for us. His ability to defend and then be a dangerous player on offense is a very valuable weapon for us."
Lowe makes his first appearance on the All-CAC after a very good junior season. Lowe, who moved from the attack to the midfield early in the year, finished the year with 33 points on 19 goals and team-high 22 assists. He picked up 26 ground balls while he also forced nine caused turnovers.
Lowe scored at least one point in 14 of his 17 games including a season-high of four points in the Spartans' 9-7 win over McDaniel on March 2.
"James is a very dynamic offensive player," says Childs. "Once we moved him to the midfield, he was able to create more for others and became a dangerous player within our offense."
Gordon closed out his Spartan career as a highly reliable defender for York. He spearheaded a defense that allowed just over seven goals per game. He racked up 43 ground balls while he caused 13 turnovers.
"Justin was very good for us this year," says Childs. "He has great stick skills and is a smart player who puts himself in good position as a team defensive player. He will be a tough player to replace."
Thomas was a fantastic short-stick defender that battled a nagging injury all year to flourish during his sophomore year. A tough, aggressive player, he was the lynchpin of kick-starting the Spartan fast break. Thomas finished the year with nine points on four goals and five assists while he also had 30 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers.
"Drew is a tough, physical kid that gave us a good edge on defense," states Childs. "He really fought through a nasty hamstring injury and gave us a great year. I was happy to see him get recognized by the conference coaches for his efforts."
Abney made a big impact on the Spartans after earning the starting goalkeeper job for good in the Salisbury game. He opened his career with a career-high 19 saves in the Spartans' 9-7 win over McDaniel.
Abney finished the year with a 6.87 goals against average and a .657 save percentage in his 689:55 of play. He currently ranks first in the CAC in save percentage, second in goals against average, fifth in total saves, and third in wins with 10. Abney ranks fifth nationally in save percentage and 24th in goals against average.
Abney recorded nine double-digit save games including his last four games of the year.
"We recruited Caleb with the idea that he could be the starter as a freshman," says Childs. "He performed well throughout the year and gave us stability in net. He has the ability to be a dominant goalkeeper during his career for us."
Childs was pleased to see the guys who do some of the dirty work on the field get recognized by the league coaches.
"The best thing about this year's all conference selections is that a lot of our guys that do the little things the best were rewarded. We always harp on little things equaling big results and it is great for the other coaches in the league to honor the guys at York who do the little things!"
The Spartans welcome back a wealth of talent in 2014 as eight of the Spartans' nine double figure scorers return next year.
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