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Girsh and Yapps Recognized by the IWLCA

YORK, PA-The York College women’s lacrosse team had two players recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) as the all regional teams were released recently.

Senior midfielder Jaclyn Girsh (Mahopac, NY/Mahopac)and junior attack Brianna Yapps (Joppa, MD/Fallston)both earned second-team All-Metro Region honors. The appearance for Girsh was her second after earning second team honors last year. Yapps made her first appearance on the squad after playing her first year in the green and white.

Girsh finished the season with 59 points on 42 goals and 17 assists. She completed the campaign with 41 ground balls, 42 draw controls, and 13 caused turnovers. She converted a team-high eight free position shots for the green and white.

For her career, Girsh recorded 89 goals and 36 assists, good for a school-record 125 points. Girsh finished 2007 ranked ninth in the CAC in assists per game and ninth in points per game.

Spartan head coach Allison Fordyce nows the impact that Girsh made on the Spartan program.

“It was such a blessing for our program to have a player like Jackie,” says Fordyce. “She was a great player, a great person and a great leader. She will go down as being one of the best players in the program’s history.”

Yapps had an outstanding season as she finished with 75 points on a school-record 61 goals and 14 assists. Yapps added 31 ground balls, 21 draw controls, and nine caused turnovers. She finished with a team-high 124 shots, of which 103 were on goal for a team-high 83.1% of her shots coming on target. Yapps recorded three game-winning goals and converted four free position shots. Yapps finished fourth in the CAC in goals per game, sixth in points per game, and tied for fifth in game-winning goals.

Fordyce was happy to see Yapps earn the regional recognition.

“Brianna played well all year for us,” says Fordyce. “She was a very hard worker that got the maximum out of her abilities. Brianna was a pleasure to coach and a great player to have as a part of our program.”

The Spartans finished the season with a mark of 7-10, a one-game improvement over 2006’s inaugural campaign. The green and white also posted their first CAC tournament win with their 18-17 double overtime win over Catholic University in this year’s CAC quarterfinals.

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