YORK, Pa. – The York College women's lacrosse team placed six players on the All-Capital Athletic Conference teams, including four on the first team, the league announced on Wednesday.
Junior Nicole Clauter, the conference's Player of the Year last year, earned first-team honors, joining sophomores Regan Cook, Meghan Fox and Devin Hursey, while seniors Melissa Meehling and Charlotte Wright garnered second-team mention.
Clauter, an All-American first teamer in 2017, dominated the middle of the field yet again, picking up 95 draw controls, the most in the conference, and recording 23 caused turnovers, the most on the team and fourth-most in the CAC. She broke the school record – one she already owned – with 14 draw controls against St. Mary's in a 22-12 win on April 11. She followed that performance with 13, including 12 in the first half against Christopher Newport. Clauter also leads the team in ground balls, with 36.
Cook earned first-team honors for the second time, having also been named All-CAC as a freshman in 2017. As a scoring threat in the midfield, Cook tallied 46 points on 35 goals and 11 assists for the Spartans, along with 12 ground balls and three caused turnovers. After a relatively quiet first half of the season, the sophomore erupted with 23 goals in the final seven games of the season, scoring at least three in six of them. To ignite the streak, she scored six goals and added three assists in a 22-12 win over St. Mary's to finish with nine points in a game, tied for the third-most in school history. When the Spartans took down second-ranked Gettysburg, Cook scored four times and assisted on another.
York's leader in points, and the conference's Rookie of the Year in 2017, Fox, also is on the first team for the second time. She has 57 points on a team-high 47 goals and 10 assists with 10 ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers. Fox has been the reliable scorer in the Spartan attack, scoring in each of the 17 games this season, and more than once in 11 of them. York, in a 12-11 double overtime win over No. 3 Trinity (Conn.), relied heavily on Fox, who came through with an eight-goal performance, tied for the second-most goals in a game all-time.
Hursey took All-CAC distinction for the first time in her young career after a terrific season as the do-it-all midfielder for York. She makes plays on both ends of the field, racking up 53 points on 28 goals and 25 assists, the second-most points on the team, while also causing 12 turnovers, the second-most behind Clauter, and picking up 17 ground balls. Her signature performance came against St. Mary's, when she matched a school record with 11 points and broke another one with nine assists. She recorded a point in 16 of the 17 games, and finished in a flurry, with 29 points in the last eight games.
Meeling, a senior midfielder, has 36 points on 22 goals and 14 assists with 14 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Her free-position goal in double overtime served as the game winner to knock off No. 3 Trinity on March 15. Twice, Meehling has gone for five points in a game this year, in wins over Frostburg St. and Southern Virginia, and finished with three goals in that win over Trinity. She was also named to the All-CAC second team as a sophomore and junior.
Wright makes the second team for the second time in her career. She is the all-time leader in goalkeeper wins at York, currently sitting at 42, accounting for another 13 this season, with a .508 save percentage in over 818 minutes in net. She allowed 118 goals against while stopping 122 shots. In conference play she was especially solid, sporting a .616 save percentage and a 7.37 goals-against average in 309 minutes.
York went 7-1 in conference play in 2018, while going 13-4 overall and earning a berth in the CAC semifinals. Now, the Spartans are headed to their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament, beginning their run on Sunday at Kinsley Field against the winner of Washington & Lee and Cabrini.