November 30, 2012

Men's Basketball Heads to St. Mary's to Open CAC Slate

The York College men's basketball team looks to get off to a good start in Capital Athletic Conference play this Saturday against the St. Mary's College (Md.) Seahawks. 

The Spartans currently have a record of 1-3, while the Seahawks are 3-1 and ranked #25 in the nation in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll.  Last season, the Spartans and Seahawks played three very competitive games.  York lost 71-69 at home and 54-52 at St. Mary's before defeating the Seahawks 61-58 in the CAC semifinals at St. Mary's en route to the Capital Athletic Conference championship.  Saturday's game will be played away in St. Mary's City.

In the Spartans last game, they defeated Gettysburg College 55-44 in a game in Gettysburg.  Senior forward Todd Maciejewski (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) powered the Spartan offense with 16 points, while also leading the team with 15 rebounds, four assists, twi steals, and a 58.3% field goal percentage.  Junior guard Mike Mathews (Newark, Del./Salesianum) and senior guard Jeremy Skoloda (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley) contributed double-digit points as well. 

Last season, St. Mary's ended the regular season with a regular season conference record of 13-3 and earned the #1 seed in the CAC tournament, where they made the semifinals before they were defeated by York.  The Seahawks won their NCAA first round game before falling to Va. Wesleyan 70-57 in the second round.

Jeff Haus, Nick Laguerre, Donn Hill, and Devin Spencer, each scoring between 10 and 11 points per game, lead the Seahawks' very balanced offense.

The Spartans are paced by Maciejewski as the senior forward leads the team in scoring average (14.5 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg), and steals (3.3 spg).  Senior guard Julian Watson (Odenton, Md./Arundel) contributes 11.5 points per game, while senior forward Mitch Kemp (York, Pa./York Suburban) gives the Spartans 10.8 points per game.

The Spartans next matchup will be at Penn State-Abington on Wednesday, December 5.  The next home game for the Spartans will be in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, December 28 against Grove City College.

Story written by Evan Frock - Athletic Communications Practicum Student

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