YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse program received historic news on Monday as current assistant coach and 2018 graduate Matt Whitcher has been drafted by the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. He is the first York College Spartan men's lacrosse player to get drafted by a professional organization.
Whitcher was one of 16 Cannon picks in the draft as they added five attackmen, three midfielders, four face-off specialists, three defensemen, and a goalie.
Whitcher, a midfielder, concluded his outstanding career in May as he led the Spartans to the Elite Eight after winning a Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs is thrilled to see Whitcher get an opportunity to play professionally.
"Matt is one of the hardest working players in this program's history and he has earned everything that has come his way including this opportunity," said Childs. "Boston saw Matt's ability to play both offense and defense as a huge upside in a face-paced league. I really believe that Matt's game translates to professional lacrosse. I know when given the chance at training camp, he will be ready to go."
Whitcher had a fantastic senior season in which he earned USILA First-Team All-American honors. He finished his senior year with 48 points on 35 goals and 13 assists. Whitcher scooped up 58 ground balls and recorded 22 caused turnovers.
In his career, Whitcher played in a school-record 84 games as he notched 119 points on 86 goals and 33 assists. He recorded 126 ground balls and 48 caused turnovers for the Green and White.
Not only did Whitcher get it done on the field, but he was an outstanding student who graduated with a GPA of 3.66 as he received a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration. Whitcher also earned USILA Scholar All-American honors after his senior year and played in the 2018 USILA Senior All-Star game.
Whitcher will serve this spring as the Spartans Defensive Coordinator and will go to training camp with the Cannons later in the spring.