Starner to Receive IWLCA Community Awareness Award

YORK, PA - Good news continues to roll in for the York College women’s lacrosse team as Nicole Starner (Aspers, Pa./Biglerville) has been chosen to receive this year’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Community Awareness Award. The senior will be honored at the IWLCA All-American banquet on June 14th in King of Prussia, PA.

Starner, who is the president of York College’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee, is being recognized for her phenomenal work to help York’s student-athletes become more connected and involved with the surrounding community. Included in her various projects were heading up “Christmas with the Community,” where Spartan varsity athletic teams adopt families from the city of York and purchase Christmas presents for the families, as well as Pennies for the Poor, where teams combined to raise over $2,000 for the Crispus Attucks Association.

“I am so proud of Nicole,” said assistant athletic trainer and SAAC advisor Allison Kunkel. “She has done a great job for the student-athletes and the York community. We were definitely very lucky to have her.”

In addition to her outstanding work with SAAC, Starner recently completed her NCAA eligibility as a two-sport standout, splitting her athletic prowess between lacrosse and field hockey. Starner is also a co-leader for an athlete Bible study on campus while majoring in secondary education with a concentration in social studies and a minor in psychology.

“A leader. Nicole is simply a leader,” women’s lacrosse head coach Jen Dragoni said. “She leads by example and has done incredible work here at York.”

The entire athletic department has felt the impact of Starner’s efforts throughout her time as a Spartan.

“Nicole is the definition of a student-athlete,” Assistant Dean of Athletics and Recreation Sean Sullivan said. “She works hard in the classroom and on the field yet still finds time to help others. It is very exciting to see her receive such a great honor.”

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