YORK, Pa. – A conference-best, and school-record, nine members of the York College men's lacrosse team were named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference teams, headlined by seven on the first team, the league announced on Friday.
Additionally, Brandon Childs was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season and third time in his career after leading the Spartans through an undefeated CAC slate, and 17-1 overall record, and to the program's third consecutive conference championship game. Childs also earned the award in 2014.
Dillon Hannah, Thomas Pfeiffer and Nick Roman earned All-CAC honors for the first time in their careers, joining Joey Fiorino, Landry Marshall, Billy Sasso and Matt Whitcher on the first team, while J.D. Beck and Hunter Davis garnered second-team distinction.
"I am thrilled that a few of our men were honored," Childs said. "These are team awards, though, as nobody would be all-anything without their teammates.
"Selflessness and hard work have gotten our program where it is today," he added. "And we will all celebrate these all-conference guys as a team."
Fiorino, now a four-time All-CAC nod, has anchored a stout Spartan defense that has allowed just 6.06 goals per game, the conference-best and good for seventh in the nation. Also a two-time All-American, Fiorino has picked up 32 ground balls, caused 16 turnovers and even racked up three points on two goals and an assist. It is his third time on the conference's first team.
Hannah, a senior, was named to the first team after totaling 39 points on 29 goals and 10 assists as one of the many Spartan scoring options. The first-time All-CAC pick has erupted with five goals in two games this season, including a seven-point performance in a 16-4 win over Mary Washington. The other came in a tight 15-11 win over CNU.
Marshall, a second-team pick a season ago, has solidified himself as one of the best goalkeepers in Spartan history, putting together another 17-win season in net, tied for the most wins for a goalie in a season all-time. He sports a .550 save percentage, while allowing just 5.70 goals against per game. Twice he made at least 10 saves in a game this season, including 11 in the CAC semifinal against Frostburg St. on Tuesday.
Pfeiffer leads the team in scoring this season with 76 points on 45 goals and 31 assists. His 76 points currently is tied for the third-most in a season in school history, just six behind the record, and second most in the conference. The junior has scored in 17 of the 18 games this season, including blitzing Stevenson for six goals and three assists. His nine points against the Mustangs is tied for the second-most in a game all-time. He does more than score, though, and has scooped up 29 ground balls in the offensive end. He earned All-CAC honors for the first time.
Roman is a first-time All-CAC mention, and another key cog to the stifling Spartan midfield and defense. The sophomore has picked up 61 ground balls, the second-most on the team and caused 15 turnovers, five times the amount he's turned it over himself.
Sasso, a second-team pick in 2016, earns the face off spot on the first team after winning 65.6% of his attempts, going 185-for-282. His 93 ground balls is third-most in the CAC. The junior also notched a goal and an assist this season, and has caused one turnover.
Whitcher earned first-team honors for the first time, and was a second-team mention last year. The do-it-all-midfielder is fourth on the team in scoring with 41 points on 30 goals and 11 assists, third in ground balls with 48 and third in caused turnovers with 17. The senior scored five times and added an assist against Nazareth this season.
Beck was an All-American honorable mention last year, and earns second-team honors for the second time in a row. The junior leads York with 20 caused turnovers and has scooped 24 ground balls.
Joining Beck on the second team is Davis, who has tallied 54 points on 38 goals and 16 assists this year, while recording 36 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers. The first-time All-CAC pick has finished with at least five points in a game four times this year, including four goals and three assists for seven points against Stevenson in a monstrous 20-7 road win.
York will host Salisbury in the CAC championship at Kinsley Field on Saturday night at 6 p.m. It marks the Spartans' fourth berth in the conference title game, where they have faced the Sea Gulls each time.