YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team had 10 members of the program honored as the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse all star squad was announced on Thursday morning.
The Spartans placed six players on the first team led by three-time first team selection Tyler Hutson (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill). Hutson is joined on the first team by sophomore attack Andrew Gamble (Easton, Md./Easton), senior midfielder Seth Krolus (Westminster, Md./Loyola Blakefield), senior midfielder James Lowe (Monrovia, Md./Urbana), sophomore defender Josh Kluver (Abington, Pa./Abington), and sophomore goalkeeper Caleb Abney (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston). Junior short stick midfielder Andrew Thomas (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford) and junior long pole defender Tyler Fields (Catonsville, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) earned second team All-CAC honors.
York College head coach Brandon Childs was named the CAC Coach-of-the-Year while freshman Garrett Barker (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) was tabbed as the conference Rookie-of-the-Year.
Hutson makes his third appearance on the first team after being the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year in 2012 and the conference Player-of-the-Year last spring. He had another fantastic year as the junior attack has tallied 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists. He has notched four game-winning goals and seven man-up goals while he has also picked up 35 ground balls.
Hutson ranks fourth in the CAC points, second in goals and 19th in assists. Hutson is the Spartans' career leader in points (204) and goals (156), while he is fourth (48) in assists.
"Tyler has had another very good year for us," says Childs. "He was the focus of most of our opponents defensive game plans which made things tougher on him. He did a good job of not forcing things and facilitating for his teammates."
Gamble has had a break out year as a sophomore for York. He leads the Spartan squad with 68 points on 49 goals and 19 assists. His 68 points are already second on the single-season list while the 49 goals ranks him fourth on the single-season chart. Gamble has notched a school-record seven game-winning goals while he has also found the back of the net for seven man-up goals. Gamble is very efficient with his shooting as he converts 53.8% of his shots into goals (49-of-91) while he also has picked up 24 ground balls. Gamble puts an incredible 78% of his shots on target.
Gamble is third in the CAC in points but first in the league in goals scored. His shooting percentage is also the best of any player in the CAC with more than five goals for the year.
"Andrew is so consistent," says Childs. "He is very steady and has provided us with another dangerous player in our attack. Andrew is very accurate and doesn't need many shots to do his damage."
Krolus is making his second appearance on the All-CAC first team, as he is one of the best two-way players in the conference. Krolus has notched 31 points on 13 goals and 18 assists in 18 games. He has collected 74 ground balls and caused eight turnovers. He is ranked fifth in the CAC in total ground balls.
Krolus has notched 216 career ground balls, good for fourth on the all-time list.
"Seth continues to be a great two-way player in the midfield for us," states Childs. "His ability to make plays in the midfield is a huge part of our success. There are very few players that contribute to a team in the way Seth does."
Lowe earned his second All-CAC honor after being named a second team selection last year. Lowe has notched 46 points on 25 goals and 21 assists. He has four man-up goals while he has also collected 29 ground balls for the Green and White.
Lowe has climbed up to third on the Spartans' all-time scoring list with 152 points on 81 goals and 71 assists.
Lowe is ranked ninth in the CAC in points, eighth in assists, and 11th in goals scored.
"James gives us an extremely explosive offensive player in the midfield," says Childs. "He has really matured as a player and is a very steady and consistent player for us. He is a tough match up for our opponents. He has the ability to make things happen without turning the ball over."
Kluver has blossomed into one of the top defenders in the conference. Just a sophomore, Kluver leads the CAC in caused turnovers with 29 while he ranks third on the Spartan squad with 41 ground balls. Kluver also has three goals, including the game-winner at the horn against Ursinus in a key non-conference win. The CAC honor is the first for Kluver.
"Josh is a great defender," says Childs. "He has a great deal of responsibility in our defense and has performed really well this year. He is a kid who just knows how to make plays."
Abney makes his second appearance on the All-CAC squads after being a second team pick last year. Abney has again been outstanding for York as he is 15-3 with a 7.07 goals against average. He ranks 11th nationally in save percentage at .631. Abney has played 942 minutes in net for York.
Abney is ranked second in the CAC in goals against average, first in save percentage, and second in total saves (190).
Abney has already broken the school record for goalkeeper wins, as he is 25-6 in two seasons in the pipes for York. He has accumulated 341 saves, good for fifth on the career list and boasts a .642 career save percentage.
"Caleb is a big goalie who comes up with big saves for us time and time again," says Childs. "He continues to refine his technique as he becomes a more efficient goalie."
Thomas makes his second All-CAC appearance after being a second team selection last year. He has been limited to 14 games this year due to injury but he still has been productive with five points on four goals and an assist. Thomas has scooped up 32 ground balls while he has caused 14 turnovers.
"Drew does a great job of controlling the defensive midfield for us," says Childs. "His ability on the clear is a big reasons we are near 90% on our clear attempts."
Fields makes his first All-CAC appearance, as the junior long pole defender has become a highly reliable player. He has collected 35 ground balls and forced 11 opponent turnovers.
"Tyler has improved as much as any player we have had," states Childs. "He has made himself into an important part of our defense."
Barker has played in and started all 18 of the Spartans' contest as a freshman defender. He has grabbed 29 ground balls and forced 19 opponent turnovers as the Spartan defense is allowing just 7.46 goals per game.
"Garrett made an immediate impact on our defense from game one," states Childs. "He is an athletic player who is quickly learning where he needs to be. He is a very good team defender."
Barker is the third Spartan to earn the Rookie-of-the-Year award joining Hutson (2012) and Andrew Collins (2004).
Childs is the first York College men's lacrosse coach to earn the Coach-of-the-Year Award. He has led the Spartans to a school record 15 wins. The Spartans are 28-7 over the last two years and are 37-14 in Childs' three years at the helm of the program. York finished as co-regular season champions with Salisbury University as they were both 6-1 in the CAC regular season this spring.
The Spartans head to Salisbury, who earned the top seed via a tiebreaker, on Saturday afternoon for York's first CAC Championship game appearance. First face off is scheduled for 2:00 pm in Salisbury, MD.