YORK, PA – The York College men's lacrosse team received outstanding news on Thursday morning as eight Spartans earned USILA All-American honors as announced by the organization. The eight players selected for All-American honors is a new school record after York placed seven players on the 2018 team and six players in 2017.
Senior Kevin Witchey led the way as he was a first-team selection as a defenseman. He was joined by second team selections J.D. Beck on defense and Thomas Pfeiffer on the attack. The Spartans had a trio of players earn third-team honors as Hunter Davis earned a spot in the attack while Danny O'Connell and Billy Sasso were also recognized as third teamers. O'Connell was named as a short stick defensive midfielder while Sasso was selected as a face off specialist. Senior Brad Casale and junior Nick Roman earned honorable mention accolades in the midfield and as a long stick midfielder respectively.
Witchey had a fantastic senior season in spearheading the Spartan defense, a defense that allowed 7.72 goals per game. Witchey played in and started all 22 games, notched 28 caused turnovers and scooped up 32 ground balls all while being trusted with checking the opponent's best players. Witchey finished his career playing 79 games with 65 starts. He totaled 105 ground balls and 65 caused turnovers. Witchey ranks fourth in career turnovers, seventh in career starts, and eighth in games played. He also is ninth in caused turnovers per game (0.82).
Fellow senior Beck also played a large role in the success of the Spartan defense as he is now a three-time All-American after being a third-team pick as a junior. Beck led the team in caused turnovers with 34 while he also had 40 ground balls for the Spartan squad. He finishes his career with 87 games played with 67 starts. He recorded 91 caused turnovers, had 144 ground balls while he also had a goal and an assist. He is first in career games played (87), second in caused turnovers (91), fourth in caused turnovers per game (1.05), sixth in games started and 14th in ground balls.
Pfeiffer ends his career as a two-time All-American after being a first-team selection in 2018. Pfeiffer led the team in scoring as he notched 88 points on 53 goals and 35 assists. He scored five man-up goals while he also had 33 ground balls, and had nine caused turnovers. Pfeiffer concluded his career with 264 points on 164 goals and 100 assists with 24 man-up goals, 126 ground balls, and 23 caused turnovers. He finished his career with his name all over the Spartan record book as he finished first in assists, second in points, tied for second in games played (86), third in points per game (3.07), third in goals, third in man up goals, and fifth in games started (69). He is first in single-season points (88 in 2019), second in points (85 in 2018), third in assists (35 in 2019), third in man-up goals (10 in 2018), fourth in assists (33 in 2018), and tied for eighth in goals (52 in 2018).
Pfeiffer's running mate Hunter Davis earned his first All-American accolades after a stellar Spartan career. Davis finished his senior year with 83 points on 57 goals and 26 assists as he started all 22 games for the Green and White. He also had three man-up goals, the Spartans lone man-down goal of the year, 29 ground balls and eight caused turnovers.
For his career, Davis played in and started 86 games, scored 239 points on 173 goals and 66 assists. He recorded 25 man-up goals while he also had 134 ground balls and 25 caused turnovers. Davis owns the school record for career game-winning goals (28), first in games started, second in goals, second in man-up goals, third in points, and eighth in assists.
O'Connell had a breakout junior year as he had 48 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers, one goal and two assists in 22 games. He was named to the All-CAC squad for the first time as a short stick defensive midfielder. For his career, O'Connell has played in 55 games as he has 88 ground balls, 17 caused turnovers, two goals and three assists for five points.
Sasso is now a two-time All-American after being an honorable mention selection as a junior. Earlier in the month, Sasso was named All-CAC for the third time in his career. He finished his senior year winning 252-of-409 face offs, good for a winning percentage of 61.6%, a team-high 143 ground balls, three goals, and three assists. Sasso played in 77 games during his Spartan career as he won 759-of-1269 career face offs while he also scooped up 394 ground balls. He totaled 11 points on seven goals and four assists including three goals and three assists in 2019. Sasso ranks second in career ground balls, third in career face off percentage (59.8%), and third in ground balls per game (5.12).
Casale earned his first All-American award after having an outstanding senior year. Casale concluded his final year in the Green and White with 33 points on 26 goals and seven assists. He also had 30 ground balls and five caused turnovers. He was one of six Spartans to have 30 or more points during the year. Casale played in 65 career games with 21 starts as he ended his career with 68 career points on 53 goals and 15 assists. Casale earned first-team All-CAC honors earlier in the month of May.
Roman earned his first All-American accolade, excelling as a long stick defensive midfielder and on the wing of the Spartan face off. Roman was second on the team in ground balls with 57 while he also had 19 caused turnovers. Roman also scored his first collegiate goal in the win over Southern Virginia. For his career, Roman has played in 64 games as he has 193 ground balls and 51 caused turnovers. Roman is sixth in career caused turnovers and tied for eighth in career ground balls.
The Spartans finished the season with a school-record tying 19 wins including their second straight trip to the Elite Eight. The Spartans have now 32 All-American honorees during the tenure of current Spartan head coach Brandon Childs, including 21 selections in the last three seasons.