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Yackel, Ludwig Receive CAC Accolades; Seven Land on All-Star List
YORK, Pa. – The York College men's soccer team received tremendous news Friday morning as the 2010 All-Capital Athletic Conference squad was officially announced by the league office. Spartan freshman defender Matt Yackel was named the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year and head coach Mark Ludwig was chosen by his peers as the conference's Coach-of-the-Year while seven players were chosen as All-CAC performers. Lucas Emil, Adam Good, Mike Gill, Jesse Derksen, and Andy Stromberg each were first-team choices while Kemal Nuspahic and Antonio Bua landed on the second team.
Yackel, who has posted an excellent freshman campaign, becomes the fifth Spartan since 2002 to be named the league's top rookie (Scott McDowell – 2002, Chris Ports – 2004, Kyle Marks – 2005, Kemal Nuspahic – 2008). Yackel has played in 20 of York's 21 games, drawing 19 starts during that time. His performance along the right side of the Green and White defense has been nothing short of outstanding all season long. He has been a main cog in a unit that has put together a 0.46 goals against average while posting 14 shutouts over their 16 wins.
Ludwig garners his third CAC Coach-of-the-Year accolade after leading the Spartans to their second consecutive league title, an 8-0 regular season conference slate, and a 16-4-1 record thus far. Also honored as the league's top mentor in 2005 and 2006, Ludwig has guided York to their sixth consecutive berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Emil snags his third All-CAC accolade after another standout campaign. The senior captain, who was a first-team choice in 2008 and a second-teamer in 2009, has been a stalwart in the Spartans' central midfield and key cog in York's lineup. Emil has started all 21 contests for the Green and White this season, notching two goals and three assists. More than that however, Emil has been a steady and consistent presence who brings solid leadership to the Spartan squad.
Good returns to the all-star list after capturing second-team honors last season. A senior center back, the captain has been a tremendous leader for the Green and White throughout the 2010 slate. An experienced defender, Good has thwarted numerous attacks before they became dangerous opportunities. He has started all 21 contests for the York side this year, posting one assist from his center back spot.
Gill has put together a remarkable season in his second campaign with the Spartans. A junior captain, Gill originally began the year as a defensive midfielder who gave York bite in the center of the pitch. Moved up front late in the season, he has provided an intense work rate in the attacking third that has helped York to a 6-0-1 mark over their last seven games that he has started up front. A starter in all 20 games in which he has played, Gill has totaled 13 points on five goals and three assists.
Derksen makes his initial appearance on the all-league team, securing first-team honors in his first season as York's full-time starter in goal. The exceptionally talented sophomore goalkeeper currently sports an impressive 0.44 goals against average while posting nine clean sheets during the year. Having started all 21 contests this season, he did not allow a single goal throughout the Spartans' CAC regular season schedule. In the CAC Championship match, Derksen came up huge with several quality saves during the 110 minutes of double-overtime soccer and then three stops in the penalty-kick shootout.
Stromberg also captures first-team accolades for the first time in his career. Stepping in at center back this season, Stromberg has been nothing short of rock-solid throughout his 19 games played. A tough, confident defender, his ability to bring opponents' attacks to a screeching halt has helped York to their glistening 0.46 goals against average. Stromberg has also proven a threat on the offensive end, especially with his ability in the air, as has scored a pair of goals this season, including one game-winner, while also tallying an assist.
Nuspahic adds yet another award to his already long list of accolades. A first-team performer in both the 2008 and 2009 campaigns, Nuspahic was also the league's Rookie-of-the-Year in 2008, he lands on the second-team this season. The junior forward started 19 of his 20 games this year and totaled 15 points for the Spartans – tied for the second-best mark on the squad. Nuspahic tallied four goals and seven assists, which proved the most on the York side, as three of his scores this season were of the game-winning variety.
Bua collects second-team honors as he has posted an excellent sophomore campaign. The outside midfielder has notched five goals and five assists, as he is tied with Nuspahic with 15 points, as he has wreaked havoc on the flanks for the Green and White. He has appeared in all 21 contests and drawn starts in 20 of those games. Technically-gifted, athletic, and confident, Bua has created countless chances for the Spartans and has proven very dangerous in the attacking end.
The Spartans, who have been chosen to host the opening weekend of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, open the national tournament on Saturday, November 13. York is set to take on Kenyon College from Graham Field at 11:00 am. The winner of that match will face the winner of Ohio Wesleyan University and Catholic University (which is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 pm) on Sunday, November 14, at 1:00 pm for the right to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. Complete tournament information for this weekend at York can be found at the link provided below.