YORK, PA – The York College field hockey squad received outstanding news on Friday morning as six Spartans were selected to the 2017 All-Capital Athletic Conference squads as announced by the league office.
The Green and White had three players each selected to the two squads. Seniors Ali Posey and Autumn Mallory were joined by sophomore Greta Plappert on the first team while juniors Lindsay Nye and Jennifer Morrissette and freshman Dana Meehling each earned a spot on the second team.
The total of six players is the highest total in school history, besting the five selections from last fall and also in 2009.
Spartan head coach Katie Fost was pleased to see six of her Spartans get recognized by the league.
"Having six players selected by to the all-conference team shows the depth and quality of the players in our program," said Fost. "I am proud of these kids and am happy to see their hard work has paid off with post season recognition."
Posey closes out her Spartan career as one of the best to ever wear the Green and White. She is now a four-time first-team All-CAC selection. She was the 2014 CAC Rookie-of-the-Year and was a 2015 NFHCA All-American.
Posey finished the year with 21 points on seven goals and seven assists in 18 games. She registered two game-winning goals and converted 2-of-3 penalty strokes for the campaign.
Posey finished her career with 50 goals and 20 assists for 120 career points in 76 games. She has 12 game-winning goals, two defensive saves and went 7-for-10 in penalty strokes for her career. She ranks second on the all-time points list, second on the all-time goals list, first in shots, tied for eighth in assists, and fourth in game-winning goals.
"Ali has been such a pleasure to coach," said the first year Spartan head coach. "She has a great understanding of the game which allows her to position herself in the right place at the right time. She is a great example of what being a great teammate is all about."
Mallory concluded her career with one of the greatest offensive seasons in Spartan history as she totaled 40 points on 19 goals and two assists. She led the Capital Athletic Conference in points and goals, the second straight year a Spartan has led the conference in scoring and goals. Mallory notched a school-record tying six game-winning goals.
Mallory finished her career with 107 career points on 49 goals and nine assists in 76 games played. She recorded 11 game-winning goals, as she is tied for fifth on the career list. Her 107 points leaves her fourth on the all-time list as she is just one of four players to reach the 100 career point plateau. She is third in career goals and tenth in career shots. Mallory's 19th goals ranks second on the single-season list, three back of school record holder Michele Gladfelter. Gladfelter's record of 22 was set back in 1987. Mallory was also the three-time CAC Offensive Player of the Week during the year.
"Autumn had such a great senior year," said Fost. "She was very efficient in the offensive third and gave us a dynamic finisher up top. Her ability to finish her opportunities made us very dangerous in the scoring area."
Plappert had a breakout sophomore year as she tallied 31 points on 14 goals and three assists while she also had a game-winning goal. Plappert finished second in the CAC in goals scored and was third in points scored.
Plappert got off to a great start on the season with two goals in the loss to defending national champion Messiah to start the season. She had a career-high eight points on four goals in the October 4 win over Stevenson. Plappert had a hot streak to start the season as she notched six goals in the first six games of the season. After two scoreless games, Plappert notched seven goals in four games including the big outburst against Stevenson.
"Greta had a breakout season and I still think she can be even better," said Fost. "Greta is very athletic and skilled. Her length and speed makes her a tough match up for defenses. She was able to finish her chances and gave us a nice one-two punch in the attack."
Nye makes her second All-CAC squad as she was a first team pick last fall. Nye was also the Co-Rookie-of-the-Year as a freshman. Nye made the move back to the midfield this year and her scoring numbers took a hit but her effectiveness was as good as ever. Nye finished with 19 points on seven goals and five assists with one game-winning goal.
Nye now has 87 points on 37 goals and 13 assists in 56 career games. She already ranks eighth on the all-time scoring list, tied for sixth in goals and tied for eighth in game-winning goals.
"We asked Lindsay to move to the midfield because we thought she could be extremely effective there and that proved to be true," said Fost. "Her willingness to sacrifice her personal scoring numbers for the betterment of the team is an indication of her willingness to do what's best for the program. Lindsay was very good again this year and adjusted to her new role well."
Morrissette makes her first appearance on the All-CAC team after a season in which she was a rock on defense for York. Morrissette played in and started 17 of the Spartans' 18 games. She registered two defensive saves and now ranks third on the all-time list with 17 for her three-year career.
"Jenny was so very steady all year," said Fost. "She does a fantastic job of communicating and being very vocal in the field. Jenny helps keep us organized in the back."
Meehling made her first season in the Green and White a memorable one. Meehling played in and started 16 games and registered 18 points on eight goals and two assists. She got her career started with a goal and an assist in the season opener at #1 Messiah. She had two goals in the CAC win over Wesley and also had a goal and an assist for three points in the win over Mary Washington.
Meehling finished tied for seventh in the CAC in goals scored and 14th in points from her midfield position for the Spartans.
"Dana stepped in and made an immediate impact for us," said Fost. "She is highly skilled and will have a chance to be a very good player for us for the next three years."
Fost will welcome back Plappert, Nye, Morrissette and Meehling next fall as the Spartans look to build on their 12-6 2017 season.