Clauter Named the IWLCA Division III Defender of the Year

Photo Courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography
Photo Courtesy of Fred Maurer Photography

YORK, PA – For the second time in the history of the women's lacrosse program, York College has an IWLCA National Positional Player of the Year as senior Nicole Clauter has been named the 2019 IWLCA Division III Defender of the Year.

Clauter joins former Spartan standout Karlie Dougherty as she earned the Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.

Clauter earned her third IWLCA first-team All-American honor earlier in the week, concludes her career as the most decorated player in the 14-year history of the program. Clauter finished her time in the Green and White as a two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year (2017, 2019), a four-time All-CAC selection, a three-time first-team IWLCA All-Metro region selection in addition to her three years on the All-American squad.

Clauter was surprised by the honor.

"Honestly, this was a team award," says Clauter. "Coach Muston stresses sisterhood at the beginning of every season and that's exactly how we were so successful. We played as a family and everyone did their parts on and off the field. This allowed us to take home some amazing individual honors."

Clauter finished her senior year with 116 draws, a new school record, 55 ground balls, and 28 caused turnovers for the 17-win Spartan squad.

"Nicky was a joy to coach," says Spartan head coach Jen Muston. "Her willingness to do whatever was best for our team and program was an example of what leadership was all about. She was a tremendous leader both on and off the field while she set a great example in the classroom as well."

Clauter closed out her career with a school-record 332 draw controls, 90 caused turnovers, and 138 ground balls. She set a school record with 82 games played and is the only Spartan in school history to start every game of her collegiate career.

"Obviously, we had one more step to get to the final four and that was our ultimate goal for the program this year but this team reached a new level by winning the conference championship," says Clauter. "Reaching the elite 8 three times in my career was an amazing experience that I wouldn't ever trade. I want to thank all of my teammates for their hard work this year. I am so proud of them all and can't wait to see where the program goes next year. This year was the best one yet and I am so honored to receive this award!"

Muston appreciates what Clauter did for her program.

"What we have been able to accomplish in the last four years is pretty special," says Muston. "The achievements are great but the impact it made on the program will last for a very long time. It will be looked back on as a special time for our program."

Clauter and her senior teammates set a new school record with 60 wins over the last four years while they captured the program's first CAC tournament championship in 2019. Clauter is just one of seven Spartans all-time in any sport, to be a three-time All-American. She is just one of four national positional players of the year in their sport joining men's lacrosse players Conrad Ordakowski and Kevin Witchey and Dougherty.