YORK, PA— York College Athletics anticipates a big road weekend for the Spartans as fall teams finish up and winter sports start to take over.
Both basketball teams start their campaign for a championship while the women's soccer team looks to claim one of their own this weekend in the CAC championship match at Mary Washington. Both swimming and wrestling teams look to keep their hot starts going as they compete this weekend as well.
WOMEN'S SOCCER (9-12)
The York College women's soccer team will play for their seventh ever CAC championship and an NCAA tournament berth on Saturday as they take on the third seeded Mary Washington Eagles.
The Spartans stunned the #1 seeded Salisbury Sea Gulls on Wednesday afternoon, as they won the semifinal match 2-1. Salisbury got on the board early with a goal from Brooke Rossiter in the 8th minute. The Spartans got their equalizer in the 50th minute after a corner kick bounced around and found its way at Georgia Gillcrist's feet as she rocketed it home. Senior Ryan Hussey scored the winner after Moriah Morton sent a ball forward. Hussey and Sea Gulls goalie Emma Hill got tangled up as Hussey stayed on her feet, and put it away in the empty net in the 79th minute.
The Eagles are come into the match with a record of 10-10. The Spartans and Eagles split the season series 1-1 after York won the first contest 1-0, then lost 2-1 in Fredericksburg.
The championship will be played on Saturday at Mary Washington, and is set to begin at 2:00.
MEN'S BASKETBALL (0-0)
The York College men's basketball team is finally set to get their season underway this Friday night as they travel to Franklin & Marshall to take on the Diplomats in a non-conference contest.
The Spartans finished with a record of 22-8 last season, and eventually fell to Randolph- Macon in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Though the Spartans will have to deal with the loss of NABC All-American Jason Bady, they have a strong core of seniors returning for the 2019-2020 season. Look for seniors Jared Wagner (14.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.3 APG), Darin Gordon (10.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG), Joe Polczynski (11.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG) and Zach Novick (7.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG) to lead the way for York.
The Spartans beat the Diplomats last year in overtime 78-74 lead by Darin Gordon's 19 points and seven rebounds. The Diplomats finished with a 15-11 record last season.
The game is set to begin on Friday, November 8 at Franklin & Marshall at 8:00 pm.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (0-0)
The women's basketball team will start their campaign this Friday as well as they travel to Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins in the non-conference season opener.
The Spartans finished with a record of 11-15 last season, and lost to Salisbury in the CAC quarter-finals.
The squad comes in with high expectations for the 2019-2020 season. Though the loss of senior Katie McGowan will hurt the Spartans, they will look to a young group to step up and lead the team, as they have 9 underclassmen. Look for 2nd team all- CAC junior guard Kayla Ferris (10.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 3.2 APG) and junior forward Molly Day (8.3 PPG, 4.2 RPG) to lead for York.
The Spartans and Blue Jays met early in the season last year, where the Blue Jays came out on top 73-65 despite Molly Day's 17 points. Johns Hopkins finished last season with a record of 23-5 and received an NCAA tournament bid.
The game is set to begin Friday in Baltimore, Maryland at 7:00 pm.
MEN'S SWIMMING (3-1) / WOMEN'S SWIMMING (3-1)
Both swimming teams are in action this Friday as they travel to Frostburg University for a conference contest.
The men's side comes into the match with a record of 3-1, and have won their last 3 matches going into Friday's contest. They last competed last weekend when they downed conference opponent St. Mary's 140-107. Keep an eye out for senior Greg Williams this weekend as he was CAC swimmer of the week ending November 3rd.
The women's team has an identical record of 3-1, and are also riding a 3 game winning streak. They last beat St. Mary's on Saturday by a score of 164-79. Senior Justine Wantz has been exceptional for the Spartans, as she was also CAC swimmer of the week ending November 3rd.
The contest is set to begin at 6:00 on Friday at Frostburg St. University.
The York College wrestling team officially opens up their season this Sunday as they compete in the McGinley Invitational hosted by Kings College.
The team competed in the Lycoming Invitational in Williamsport last Sunday. The Invitational was a non-scoring contest, round-robin style, giving each wrestler at least three matches. Eric Hutchinson, Billy Myers, Blake Shalbert and Eric Schreck all went undefeated on the day. The matches served as great preparation for the Spartans going into the competition on Sunday.
The Spartans finished last year with a record of 14-3. Sunday's match is set to begin at 9:00 in Wilkes- Barre, PA.
Written by Bailey Doan - Athletic Communications Student Intern