Men's Lacrosse Has a Record Seven Players Earn USILA All-American Honors

Men's Lacrosse Has a Record Seven Players Earn USILA All-American Honors

YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse squad earned a school-record seven All-Americans as announced by the USILA on Friday morning. Last year, the Spartans placed six players on the All-American squads.

The seven All-Americans were highlighted by first team honorees Joey Fiorino, Matt Whitcher, and Thomas Pfeiffer,

Senior Dillon Hannah earned second team honors while junior J.D. Beck was a third-team selection. Junior Billy Sasso and senior Landry Marshall received honorable mention accolades.

Fiorino closes out his Spartan career as a three-time All-American as he was a third teamer as a sophomore and a second-teamer as a junior. He finishes his Spartan career as a four-time All-CAC selection for York. Fiorino led a Spartan defense that allowed just 6.82 goals per game. He collected 43 ground balls and forced 22 caused turnovers while he also had four points on two goals and two assists. He had just four penalty minutes all season long.

Fiorino concluded his Spartan career with 193 ground balls, 72 caused turnovers, and 16 points on 12 goals and four assists. He is first in career games started (82), second in caused turnovers, third in games played (83), and eighth in ground balls.

Whitcher had one of the best and most rounded years of any midfielder in the country. Whitcher finished the year with 48 points on 35 goals and 13 assists. He added 58 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. He set a new career-high with six points in the March 16 win over Nazareth while he also had five goals in that win.

For his career, Whitcher finished with 119 points on 86 goals and 33 assists. He played in a school-record 84 games while he also had 126 ground balls and 48 caused turnovers. He was named to the All-CAC first team earlier in May.

Pfeiffer earned his first All-American honors after leading the Spartans in scoring with a school-record 85 points on 52 goals and 33 assists. He recorded 10 man-up goals and had one game-winning goal for the Spartans. His season ties him for fourth in single season goals, third in assists and third in man-up goals. Pfeiffer finished third in the CAC in points, second in goals, and sixth in assists.

Pfeiffer has scored 176 points on 111 goals and 65 assists in 64 career games wearing the Green and White. Pfeiffer has recorded 19 man-up goals and scooped up 93 ground balls. He ranks third on the career-list in points (176), fourth in man-up goals, sixth in goals, seven in assists, and eighth in points per game (2.75).

Hannah capped his career with a brilliant senior season. He recorded 44 points on 32 goals and 12 assists in his 22 games in 2018. Hannah also had three game-winning goals, two man-up goals and 11 ground balls. He was a first-team All-CAC selection in 2018.

Hannah ended his Spartan career with 170 points on 114 goals and 56 assists in 84 games. Hannah is tied for first in career games played, third in shots on goal, fifth in points, fifth in goals scored and eighth in assists. The All-American honor is the first for the senior midfielder.

Beck had another stellar year as he earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year after being an honorable mention honoree as a sophomore. Beck started all 22 games as he helped anchor York's stellar defensive unit. He recorded a team-best 27 caused turnovers while he also picked up 31 ground balls for the Green and White. He ranked eighth in the CAC in caused turnovers as he earned second-team All-CAC honors.

Beck has played in 65 career games and has recorded 104 ground balls and 57 caused turnovers. He ranks fourth in career caused turnovers while he finished sixth in caused turnovers in a season.

Marshall concludes his career as one of the best goalies in Spartan history. Marshall went 19-3 in net for the Green and White as he played 1,198 minutes in 22 games. He registered a goals against average of 6.56 and a 54.4% save percentage. He recorded 156 of York's 178 saves and set a new school record for goal wins in a season. Marshall had four double digit save efforts including a career-high tying 17 in the Elite Eight loss to RIT.

Marshall finished his time in the Green and White with a record of 36-7, a goals against average of 6.95 and a 54.9% save percentage. He has racked up 340 saves in 2,409 minutes of play. Marshall is first in career goals against average, second in total wins, sixth in total saves, sixth in save percentage, and eighth in saves per game (6.94).

Sasso had great season at the X for the Spartans as he finished the campaign having won 60.7% of his face offs this year. Sasso was 224-for-369 at the X while he also had 106 ground balls, and two points on a goal and an assist. Sasso was second in the CAC in face offs won.

For his career, Sasso has won 505-of-857 face offs with 251 ground balls. He has scored four goals and dished out one assist for the Spartans. He ranks third in career ground balls, fifth in face off winning percentage and fifth in ground balls per game.

Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was pleased to see all his players get honored.

"These individual awards come along when you have an excellent team with great players," says Childs. "To have nine players earn All-CAC honors and another seven earn All-American honors, truly speaks to the quality of our team and the quality of our players. We are very fortunate because these players are not only great on the field but are even better people."

The Spartans must replace Fiorino, Whitcher, and Marshall but have a very strong core returning for another tournament run in 2019.