By ELIJAH ARMOLD
The York-Adams League lacrosse coaches released their all-star teams following the 2015 season, and leading the way on the boys’ list was an All-American who led his team to historic heights.
Hunter Betz was instrumental in West York capturing its first-ever York-Adams League boys’ lacrosse title this season. Betz graduates as the all-time points leader in program history with 305 (134 goals, 171 assists).
This season, Betz recorded 45 goals and a York-Adams-high 66 assists. Not surprisingly, the coaches selected him the league’s Offensive Player of the Year.
A team captain for the past two seasons, Bulldogs coach Rodney Tamblin says the strength in Betz’s game lies in his vision and unselfishness.
“His head is always up, looking for his teammates, looking to make that extra pass,” Tamblin said. “The team comes first. He will be the first to tell you that nothing is possible without your teammates.”
Tamblin points to the York-Adams championship game as the best example of Betz’s abilities. Having lost in that game during his sophomore season, Betz and his fellow seniors weren’t going to let themselves feel that disappointment again.
Betz also capped his career by recently garnering a U.S. Lacrosse All-America honor, as voted on by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.
Susquehannock goalie Shane Silk was named York-Adams Defensive Player of the Year. Silk racked up 196 saves on the season to go along with a save percentage of 62.
The Warriors’ senior captain allowed 118 goals and will play his college lacrosse at Virginia Wesleyan.
Red Lion coach Stefan Striffler was named Coach of the Year. He led the Lions to a 9-2 mark in the York-Adams league and a 13-5 mark overall. The Lions saw their season end with a first-round loss to Wilson in the District 3 playoffs.
Striffler was also named Coach of the Year by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse.
Dallastown’s Franklin Marquet was also a York-Adams recipient of an All-America honor. Joe Dashler Jr. of Red Lion and Josh Eaton of Kennard-Dale were named Academic All-Americans. Eastern York’s Conrad Rhein was given the organization’s Bob Scott Award.
Girls’ standouts: On the girls’ side, the Player of the Year winner was of little surprise.
Kennard-Dale’s Morgan Day completed the most prolific career in York-Adams history this season.
Day’s major accomplishment was setting the new national career goal-scoring record, finishing with 469 to surpass the 459 of North Carolina prep standout Megan Shortt.
She also helped the Rams reclaim the York-Adams title this season, as well as earning the school a third-place finish at the District 3 level and a PIAA tournament appearance. Day also earned a U.S. Lacrosse All-America nod.
The St. Francis-bound Day was incredibly efficient in her shot selection as well, scoring 126 goals on 142 shots. She also added 33 assists for 159 points on the season.
“Morgan has been that player, that if all else fails, she will help the troubled player and/or score. She has been steady in her play and has played the game the right way – unselfishly,” K-D coach Kelly Wetzel said. “She is almost always in the right place at the right time and her teammates relied on that.”
Wetzel cites the Rams’ first of three games against Susquehannock as the best display of Day’s abilities. According to the coach, the Warriors employed a faceguard defense on Day in order to deny her the ball. But Day would have none of it, scoring three times to frustrate the Warriors.
Susquehannock coach Steve Marshner was named Coach of the Year. The Warriors finished with a 10-1 record in the York-Adams League and an 18-4 mark overall. Susquehannock’s season came to a close with a loss to Kennard-Dale in the District 3 third-place game, leaving the Warriors a win shy of a PIAA berth.
The York Catholic trio of Lindsey China, Maura Palandro and Lisa Casagrande were all named to the Academic All-America Team.
— Reach Elijah Armold firstname.lastname@example.org.
High school lacrosse
2015 All-league selections
Offensive Player of the Year: Hunter Betz, attack, West York.
Defensive Player of the Year: Shane Silk, goalie, Susquehannock
Coach of the Year: Stefan Striffler, Red Lion.
First Team: Hunter Betz, West York. Sam Emig, Red Lion. Collin Riley, Susquehannock
Second Team: Tanner Reif, Red Lion. Anthony DeVincent, South Western. Brian Prats, Dallastown
Honorable mention: Jac Gemmill, Red Lion. Jacob Norton, York Catholic. Aidan Kirkendall, Susquehannock. Bryce Kephart, Spring Grove. Jack Allred, Susquehannock
First Team: Collin Mailman, York Suburban. Conrad Rhein, Eastern York. Tanner Bolton, Spring Grove
Second Team: Dorian Faster, Susquehannock. Tyler Dunlap, Red Lion. Cade Gold, Dallastown
Honorable mention: John Wilson, New Oxford. Conner Hoch, Central York. Christian Castle, Red Lion. Seth Wise, West York. Joseph Saddock, York Suburan
First Team: Franklin Marquet, Dallastown. Hunter Sterner, Spring Grove. Andrew Kollasch, Central York
Second Team: Alex Keough, Red Lion. Ben Hollinger, South Western. Tanner Hale, West York
Honorable mention: Eric Schlough, York Catholic. Cody Hopta, West York. Sam Pollock, Eastern York. Jordan Stahm, Susquehannock. Josh Eaton, Kennard-Dale. Foster Hoyt, York Suburban
First Team: Shane Silk, Susquehannock
Second Team: John Marks Jr., Dallastown
Honorable mention: Nick Raynor, South Western. Jorge Medine, New Oxford
Most Outstanding Player: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale
Coach of the Year: Steve Marshner, Susquehannock
First Team: Lindsey China, York Catholic. Shannon Moore, York Catholic. Ashley Valway, Susquehannock. Katelyn Welch, Susquehannock
Second Team: Peyton Shima, Red Lion. Addison Billings, Central York. Alyssa Layton, Dallastown
Honorable mention: Jenna Godfrey, Red Lion. Anna Linthicum, York Catholic. Aggie Phillips, New Oxford
First Team: Morgan Day, Kennard-Dale. Braxtin Reddinger, New Oxford. Gena Speights, Susquehannock. Lyndsey Duty, Kennard-Dale. Lauren Schmidt, South Western. Riley Toomey, Easter York
Second Team: Ally Williams, West York. Emmie Dressel, Kennard-Dale. Raleigh Bateman, New Oxford. Erin Brown, South Western. Jordyn Miller, Spring Grove
Honorable mention: Alexa Gladfelter, Central York. Bri Pfieffer, Eastern York. Emily Robbins, Red Lion. Karlee Wasilewski, York Suburban Defenders
First Team: Rachel Marshner, Susquehannock. Maura Palandro, York Catholic. Kayleigh Pokrivka, York Catholic. Brooke Davis, Kennard-Dale. Haley Martinez, Susquehannock
Second Team: Samantha Richards, Spring Grove. Lisa Casagrande, York Catholic
First Team: Amber Orner, Susquehannock. Laure Silver, South Western
Second Team: Clare Boone, Kennard-Dale
Honorable mention: Mary Eckert, Dallastown. Tori Gross, West York