Three Spartans Selected to All-CAC First-Team

YORK, PA - The York College women’s soccer team placed a trio of student-athletes on the All-Capital Athletic Conference squad. Senior defender Kali Macgregor (Rockville, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), senior forward Jill Stanley (Stewartstown, Pa./Kennard-Dale), and junior midfielder Lauren Stewart (West River, Md./Southern) were each first-team choices following their stellar performances in 2008.
     Macgregor, who was also a first-team selection last season and a second-teamer as a sophomore, leaves the York program as arguably the best defender to ever don the green and white. Combining strength and toughness, she blossomed into a regional force over the past two seasons. Macgregor’s intense passion and hard-nosed determination led a tough Spartan defense that only allowed 0.80 goals per game this season, helping the York side to an 11-7-2 mark and an appearance in the CAC championship match. Dominant in the air, Macgregor’s ability to win defensive headers helped the Spartans to win and maintain possession while she was also a force on offensive corner kicks and set pieces. The co-captain tallied three goals during her senior campaign, including a thrilling game-winner against Mary Washington in the first-round of the CAC tournament. Additionally, Macgregor was a third-team regional NSCAA All-American last season.
     “Kali has been an incredible asset for us throughout her time at York,” Spartan head women’s soccer coach Vicki Sterner said. “She is tough, physical, and smart – all the things you look for in a defensive player. Not only is she talented, but Kali is also a great leader both on and off the field. We’ll definitely miss her.”
     Stanley, the Spartans’ top goal-scorer this season posted 12 tallies and four assists for a team-leading 28 points. Her 12 scores this year ties her for the fourth-best single-season mark in program history. Despite being the focal point of many opposing defenses in 2008, Stanley became York’s catalyst on the offensive end as her deft technical ability and field vision provided numerous dangerous chances for the green and white. She leaves York having amassed 30 goals and 23 assists, the fourth highest career total in Spartan history, for 83 points, again the fourth-highest career mark in the program’s 13-year history. Aside from this season accolade, Stanley was selected a second-team forward following her junior season in 2007.
    “Jill is a dynamic forward who did great things for us not only this year but during her whole career,” Sterner said. “She scored big goals and set up several others.  She became one of the most dangerous players in the conference, a player other teams needed to take account of at all times.”
    Stewart lands on the All-CAC squad for the first-time in her career, as she had been one of the more underappreciated players in the conference. A tough, ball-winning defensive midfielder, Stewart’s simple, unyielding play formed the front-line of York’s vaunted defensive unit. An unassuming yet very talented player, the junior’s impressive work-rate allows her to consistently be in position to make plays in the Spartan midfield.
    “It’s just nice to see Lauren get recognized for her outstanding play,” Sterner said. “She is the type of kid that doesn’t always stand out to the casual observer, but her play over the last two years has been instrumental in our success.”
    With the loss in the CAC final, Stewart and the Spartans now turn their attention to next season as they strive to return to the CAC championship and ultimately the NCAA tournament.