YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team placed a school-record tying nine players on the two All-Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse squads as announced Monday afternoon by the league office.
In addition to the nine players, head coach Brandon Childs was named the CAC Coach of the Year and freshman goalie Jack Michael was named the league's Rookie of the Year. Childs earned the award for the third year in a row and the fourth time overall in his Spartan career. Michael is the second Spartan to earn the Rookie of the Year award joining Tyler Hutson in 2014.
The Spartans had five players earn first-team All-CAC honors. Seniors Hunter Davis, Thomas Pfeiffer, Brad Casale, J.D. Beck, and Kevin Witchey were all recognized as first-team all-stars. Senior Billy Sasso, freshman Jack Michael, and juniors Danny O'Connell and Nick Roman were picked as second-team honorees.
"I am happy to see the guys on our team honored but these are truly team awards," says Childs. "Without all their teammates, none of our players would be receiving these honors."
Davis is wrapping up a senior year that has seen him total 74 points on a team-leading 49 goals and 25 assists. He has tallied three man-up goals and collected 21 ground balls. He has been on a tear at the end of the season with 23 goals and six assists for 29 points over the final six games of the season. Davis is now a two-time All-CAC pick after being a second team pick last year. Davis ranks second in career goals (165), third in points (230) and eighth in assists (65) for the Green and White.
Pfeiffer is now a two-time first-team All-CAC selection for the Spartans. He leads the team in points with 76 as he has 48 goals and a team-best 28 assists. He has notched five man-up goals and has recorded 30 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Pfeiffer's name is all over the career record book as he is first in school history in assists (93), second in points (252), and third in goals (159). Pfeiffer also owns the single season school record with 85 points, a mark set during last year's campaign.
Casale is making his first appearance on the All-CAC after a strong senior campaign. Casale has notched 27 points on 21 goals and six assists in 19 games. He has also recorded 26 ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Beck makes his second appearance on the all-league teams as he was a second-team selection last spring. Beck has started 61 of the Spartans' last 62 games and has been a defensive stalwart for the Green and White. He leads the team with 29 caused turnovers and three ground balls for York. Beck is tied for first in career games played (84), second in career caused turnovers (86) and 14th in ground balls (141).
Witchey earned his first All-CAC honor with his outstanding play during his senior year. Witchey is third on the team in caused turnovers with 22 while he also has 28 ground balls. He has been a very consistent part of a Spartan defense that allows right around seven goals per game. Witchey is a three-year starter for the Spartans who has scooped up 101 career ground balls and caused 59 turnovers.
Sasso is now a three-time All-CAC pick as the Spartans' face off man was a first-team selection in 2018 and is now a two-time second-team pick. Sasso has been fantastic all year as he has won 209-of-334 face off attempts during the year while he has also scooped up 122 ground balls. Sasso also registered a pair of goals during the year. Sasso has won 716 career face offs and notched 374 ground balls in 74 career games.
Roman is now a two-time All-CAC selection after being a first-team pick last spring. Roman has excelled for the Spartans on the wing of the face off while also being a key cog as a long stick midfielder. Roman is second on the team in ground balls with 50 while he also has caused 16 turnovers. Roman scored a goal for the Spartans this spring. Roman has collected 186 career ground balls and forced 48 turnovers in his 61 career games for York.
O'Connell earned his first All-CAC honors after an outstanding junior year. O'Connell has totaled 39 ground balls, caused 11 turnovers and notched four points on two goals and two assists from his short stick defensive midfield position. O'Connell has 79 career ground balls and 17 caused turnovers in his 52 career games for the Spartans.
In addition to being named the Rookie of the Year, Michael earned second-team All-CAC honors. The freshman has been spectacular in net in replacing All-American goalie Landry Marshall. Michael has started all 19 games for the Spartans as he has been in cage for 1,016:17 of York's 1,140 total minutes. He has a goals against average of 7.03 and a save percentage of 55.9%. Michael boasts a record of 17-2, good for a winning percentage of 89.5%.
The Spartans begin their run in the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday as they host the winner of Tuesday's Stockton/Morrisville State game at Kinsley Field. Face off for both games are scheduled for 4:00 pm.