YORK, Pa. – The on the heels of their best season in program history, the York College women's lacrosse team received outstanding news as fourth-year head coach Jen Dragoni was named the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and five Spartans were chosen to the All-CAC squad, including three on the first team. Sophomores Leah Schultz, Katie Vautier, and Kim Wayson were first-team choices while classmates Jordan Hall and Tina Nicklas landed on the second team.
Dragoni, who has quickly built a firm foundation for the Spartan program, picks up her first honor as the league's top mentor. Dragoni led the Green and White to a tremendous 13-4 record this season, including wins in their first five contests and seven of their first eight. Those 13 wins establish a program-best for victories in a season, topping the previous high of 11 set back in 2008, Dragoni's first season at the helm.
Schultz makes her second appearance on the All-CAC squad after posting a standout sophomore year. The second-year midfielder started each of the Spartans' 17 contests in 2011 as she proved exceptionally valuable all over the field. She regularly filled up the stat sheet including the March 29 CAC game at Stevenson when she totaled four goals, five ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers. For the season, Schultz recorded a career-high 42 goals while grabbing a team-high 58 draw controls. She also corralled 25 ground balls, the second-highest total on the squad while causing 13 turnovers, again the Spartans' second-best total for the year.
Vautier lands on the first-team after a truly fantastic campaign. The talented defender started in all 17 games for York and put up Spartan-best totals in groundballs (43) and caused turnovers (31). Those 43 ground balls ties her for third in the CAC. Additionally, her 32 draw controls ranks third on the team. During the season, Vautier posted five ground balls in two different games while she caused four turnovers in two contests.
Wayson, a juggernaut on the offensive end, grabs the second All-CAC selection of her brief career. As a sophomore in 2011, Wayson started all 17 contests en route to tallying a team-high 78 points on 60 goals and 18 assists, as she ranked third in the league in points and second in goals scored. This year, she notched six goals in two separate games while registering nine points twice. For her career, the Spartan has already established programs records in career points with 150 and career goals with 117.
Hall garners her first All-CAC nod after a strong sophomore campaign. Starting in each of the 17 Spartan contests this year, Hall proved a tough defender for the York side. During her time, Hall snagged 20 ground balls and 13 draw controls while she caused five turnovers. Against St. Mary's on April 9, Hall registered a season-high five ground balls while also notching a draw control and a caused turnover in the CAC tilt.
Sophomore goalkeeper Tina Nicklas makes her first appearance on the all-league list as York' starting netminder in 2011. Nicklas, the starter in each of York's contests this season, played over 737 minutes between the pipes this season. She registered a quality 7.81 goals against average and recorded 88 saves throughout the year. Nicklas made a career high 15 saves in York's 10-9 win over Stevenson on March 29, including a game-saving stop on a Mustang free position attempt with seconds left in the contest.
With Dragoni at the helm and each of the five having only completed their sophomore seasons, the future looks bright for the Spartan program.