March 11, 2013

Three Spartans Earn NFHCA Scholar of Distinction Honors

YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey program is proud to announce that three players have been named 2012 Scholars of Distinction by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Seniors Danielle Gaitings (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) and Ashton Burk (Glen Rock, Pa./Susquehannock), as well as freshman Julia King (Northampton, Pa./Northampton) received the distinguished honor. 

In order to be recognized as a Scholar of Distinction, a student-athlete must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the academic year.

Gaitings, a captain for the Green and White, boasted an overall GPA of 3.92 in Elementary and Special Education. Gaitings was also named to the 2012 Gladiator Division III National Academic squad. To cap off a tremendous senior campaign, Gaitings was selected as a first-team All-Capital Athletic Conference defender. Gaitings started in all 18 games for the Spartans this season. She tallied one goal and had a team high five defensive saves. For her career, Gaitings finishes with 73 games played, two goals scored and is tied for first place in total defensive saves with 18.

Burk, a key in the Spartan midfield this season, had an outstanding overall GPA of 4.0 in Elementary Education. Burk also earned honors for making the 2012 Gladiator Division III National Academic squad and was chosen as an All-Capital Athletic Conference second-team selection. She started all 18 games for the Green and White this season and recorded 10 points. Burk scored two goals and tallied six assists. In her three seasons with the Spartans, Burk played in 57 games, scored two goals and recorded seven assists. 

In her first season with the Spartans, King earned herself a 3.90 GPA in Early Childhood and Secondary Education. King also earned a spot on the 2012 Gladiator Division III National Academic Squad. She is a solid player that added depth to the Green and White midfield this season. King played in six games for the Spartans and tallied two shots on goal. 

Head Coach Jamie Swartz is incredibly proud of how hard her team has worked both on the field and in the classroom this season. She is pleased that their efforts are being recognized by others. 

The Spartans also landed 9 other student-athletes on the 2012 Gladiator Division III National Academic Squad. The individual award recognizes field hockey student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the fall semester of the 2012-13 academic year. The entire team also earned a spot on the Gladiator Division III National Academic Team Award after accumulating a 3.22 overall GPA.