YORK, PA – The good news keeps rolling in
for the York College men’s soccer team as a trio of Spartans
landed on the NSCAA All-American squad. Junior Jon Ports
(Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) and seniors Chris Ports
(Baltimore, Md./John Carroll) and Evan Scheffey
(Lititz, Pa./Warwick) received first, second, and third
team bids, respectively.
“This is the first time in the history of our program that we have had this many NSCAA All-Americans in one season,” Spartan Head Coach Mark Ludwig said. “Each of these student-athletes worked very hard this season and over their individual careers in fact. It is great to see them get recognized at this level.”
Jon Ports backs up his 2007 first-team accolade with another first-team performance in 2008. Ports has racked up the honors this season being named to the Capital Athletic Conference first-team, as well as capturing the league’s Player-of-the-Year award, to go along with his first-team all-region and All-American choices. Ports’ 32 points on eleven goals and ten assists led the Spartans offensively as his dynamic play created numerous dangerous opportunities for the green and white.
Chris Ports captures his second NSCAA All-American selection after a strong senior campaign. Ports, who was one of York’s first two NSCAA All-American’s back in 2006, lands on the second team this season. Ports’ 19 points in 2008 came on eight goals, including a pair of game-winners, and three assists. One of the best players to ever don the green and white, the fifth-year senior’s incredible technical ability, creativity, and in-depth knowledge of the game helped make him one of the most dangerous attacking players in the nation throughout his career.
Scheffey notches third-team honors from the NSCAA this season after being a d3kicks.com All-American for the past two seasons. A gritty central defender, Scheffey’s unquestioned leadership of the York side helped bring the Spartan program to new heights during his tenure in the green and white. Over his three seasons as a defensive starter, the Scheffey-led unit has only surrendered an average of 0.45 goals per game, with opponents scoring a total of 32 times in 69 contests.
“To be listed alongside the best Division III players in the country is quite an honor,” Ludwig said. “The talent, drive, and motivation that Jon, Chris, and Evan each possess is simply outstanding. Once again, it is great to see them receive recognition on such a high level. They have set the standard of excellence for our program and hopefully next year’s players will be up to that challenge.”