YORK, Pa. – York College head coach Jen Muston was selected by her peers as the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Women's Lacrosse Coach of the Year while seven Spartans garnered all-league honors as announced by the conference office Thursday. Leah Schultz, Kim Wayson, and Katie Vautier were first-team choices while Jordan Hall, Kelsey Evans, Erica Mulford, and Kerri Nicolich each made the second team. The seven all-league selections are the most in Spartan history, eclipsing last year's then-record five on the All-CAC squad.
Muston's top-mentor accolades come on the heels of the most successful season in the history of York women's lacrosse. Winning the award for the second-straight year, Muston led the Green and White to a program-record 14-4 season and an incredible #10 ranking in the IWLCA Division III poll, the first season the Spartans have been ranked nationally. Playing a challenging schedule in 2012, the Green and White picked up four wins against ranked opponents while all four of their losses came to top-15 schools. On the strength of their program-best 7-1 mark in CAC play, York received a first-round bye in the CAC Tournament for the first time and reached the CAC Championship game, a first for the Green and White.
Schultz makes her third appearance on the all-conference list, garnering her second-straight first-team nod. An outstanding midfielder who performs well throughout the field, the junior captain has been a key cog in York's success this year. Setting a new Spartan career record in draw controls this season (183), she set a new single-season program-best with 88 draw controls in 2012, tops in the CAC. Playing in each of York's 18 games, she has totaled 31 goals, posted 30 ground balls, and caused 11 turnovers for the Spartan squad.
Wayson also finds herself among the CAC's best for the third time, securing her second first-team honor. Incredible around the goal, Wayson has registered a team-high 79 points on 54 goals and 25 assists in 2012 as those 25 helpers proves a single-season best for the Green and White. She currently sits third in the conference in points, fourth in goals, and sixth in assists. Coming into the season as York's all-time leader in goals, she added significantly to that total and now has 171 over her three-year career. She owns Spartan career records in each of the three offensive categories as her 229 career points is over 100 more than second-place on the all-time list while she just took over York's career-assist mark this season having totaled 58 helpers.
Vautier captures her second All-CAC first-team accolade after another stupendous performance leading the Spartan defense. The junior captain started each of York's 18 contests in 2012 and led the Green and White with 24 caused turnovers. (York's second-highest total is 12). She also leads the squad with 33 ground balls while having corralled 43 draw controls, second most on the squad this season. She currently is second all-time in Spartan history in career caused turnovers as she has posted 83 over her three seasons.
Hall returns to the all-league second-team after securing her first All-CAC honor last season. This year, Hall, over her 18 games, amassed 30 ground balls and 13 draw controls to go with 11 caused turnovers. A tough and fiery presence in the Green and White defense, the junior gives York a key cog in their defensive unit that has posted a 7.78 goals against average, the second-best mark in the CAC this year and currently tied for 17th in NCAA Division III.
Evans, another exceptionally key piece to that outstanding goals against average, makes her first appearance on the all-conference squad. The junior goalkeeper played in each of the Spartans' 18 games this year, starting 17 of those contests. Possessing quality shot-stopping ability, she sports a .403 save percentage while accumulating 75 saves in 2012. Playing over 833 minutes between the pipes, Evans owns a personal 7.99 goals against average.
Mulford posted a breakout season for the Green and White as she became a potent offensive force in her sophomore campaign. She posted a career-best 34 goals and 17 assists this season, after amassing 19 and six last year. Providing the York attack with another dangerous presence, she notched career-highs in single-game points (6), goals (5), and assists (3) this season.
Nicolich put together a quality sophomore season as she tallied her first All-CAC bid. Nicolich recorded 33 tallies and five assists for 38 points in addition to 17 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. She posted a career-high five goals in a single game earlier this season.
Sporting that 14-4 mark and #10 ranking, the Spartans now await a possible at-large bid into the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament. Selection is slated for Sunday, May 6, at 9:30 pm. Check back to www.ycpspartans.com for a link to view a video feed to watch the Spartans live on Sunday evening during the selection show.
PHOTO: Original Jen Muston photo, during York's contest against Goucher earlier this season, courtesy of David Sinclair - www.davidsinclair.org