May 1, 2008

More Firsts for Spartans; Three Earn All-CAC Bids

YORK, PA - The York College women’s lacrosse team continues to venture into uncharted territory in 2008 as a trio of Spartans land on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squad, the most selections the green and white have ever received. For the first time in program history, York posts first-team honors as midfielder Ali Napolitano (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and goalkeeper Anne Feustle (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville) are both first-team choices. Attacker Kaitlin Davis (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) concludes her strong Spartan tenure by garnering a slot on the second-team.

Napolitano was nothing short of fantastic for the green and white throughout the 2008 campaign. The senior led the squad in every offensive category including goals (61), assists (24), and points (85). She leaves the program as its all-time leader in points (126) and assists (45), playing only two seasons in the green and white. A strong two-way player, Napolitano tied for the team-lead in ground balls (40) and caused turnovers (22), while she was second in draw controls (42). Her name was littered throughout the CAC offensive rankings as well. Napolitano was first in free-position goals with 0.75, third in goals per game with 3.5, fifth in points per game with 4.69, and tied for tenth in assists per game with 1.19. Not only a great player, the senior provided great leadership serving as a captain in 2008.

“Ali is such an outstanding player and an outstanding leader,” Spartan head coach Jen Dragoni said. “She played extremely well for us all season and I am ecstatic to see her receive such an accolade.”

Feustle played between the pipes for every one of York’s 1,005 minutes of action during the year. Her steady play and leadership from the goal propelled a Spartan defensive unit that only allowed a mere 9.375 goals per game over York’s final eight contests. For the season, Feustle ranks fifth in the CAC in save percentage (.455), saves per game (8.5), and total saves (136).  

“Anne worked so hard for us all season long,” Dragoni said. “She has definitely become a top goalkeeper in the CAC. I am excited that we get to have her for one more season.”

Davis receives her all-league nod after notching 41 goals and three assists during her senior campaign. The senior’s left-handed shot and skill around the cage posed problems for opposing defenses all season. Eight free-position goals are included in Davis’ scoring total while she also picked up 17 ground balls and caused six turnovers as an attacker. She leaves the Spartan program as the fourth all-time leading scorer having notched 69 goals over her two-year career.

“Kaitlin was a key player for us this year,” Dragoni said. “She recorded numerous big goals and put significant pressure on the other team’s defense. It is great to see her get recognized for her contributions.”

This trio of Spartans helped lead York to an 11-6 overall mark, the best season in the program’s three-year history.

Ali Napolitano photo courtesy of Scott Guise