YORK, PA – Three players of the York College field hockey team were named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-Region Team, the NFHCA announced on Wednesday.
Seniors Autumn Mallory and Ali Posey earned first-team distinction in the South Region, while Greta Plappert was placed on the second team, one of just four sophomores to earn All-South Region honors. Earlier this month, all three were named to the All-Capital Athletic Conference First Team.
"It's always rewarding to see our Spartans earn awards such as All-CAC nods, and now All-Region awards, because that means other coaches are acknowledging their play," first year head coach Katie Fost said. Earlier this month, a school-record six players were named to the All-CAC team. "It's a testament to the development of our student-athletes here at York," said Fost.
Mallory concluded her career topping the CAC in goals and points, putting away 19 goals and two assists for 40 points. Mallory's incredible final season ranks with some of the school's all-time best. Her 40 points is tied for sixth-most in a season, and only Michele Gladfelter scored more goals in a year, back in 1987. Six of Mallory's goals came in game-winning fashion, matching another school record, including three in conference play. She started and played in all 19 games, and twice racked up six points in a game. Against Johns Hopkins on Sept. 27, she buried all three goals in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. Two weeks later, she matched that explosion in a 5-0 victory against conference foe St. Mary's (Md.).
"It was clear that Autumn was on a mission this year," Fost explained. "She was hungry to score and it showed on the scoreboard.
"It's nice to see Autumn end her career with her best season as a Spartan," said Fost.
Posey will certainly go down as one of the best Spartans to play at York College. For the fourth time, and second time on the first team, Posey was named to the All-Region squad. Additionally, she was a four-time first-team All-CAC pick. During her senior year, she piled up 21 points on seven goals and seven assists as someone who could do it all for the Green and White. Her final goal was her 50th of her career, placing her second on the all-time list. She also sits second in career points, with 120 in 76 games. Her 12 career game-winning goals, fourth all-time, are evidence to her performances when the game was on the line.
"Ali had a tremendous four years at York," Fost said. "I'm glad to see the post-season honors come in for her in her final year."
She added, "I appreciate Ali's unselfish style of play and how she took to her new positioning for us this season. I do not believe we would have had the season we had if not for Ali's leadership and, of course, her phenomenal stick work and level of play that challenges the entire team to become better."
After finishing her freshman season with five points on two goals and an assist, Plappert burst on the scene during her sophomore year, accounting for 31 points on 14 goals and three assists. Her 14 goals were not only second-most on the team, but also ranked second in the conference, along with ranking third in the CAC in total points. Plappert erupted for eight points on four goals, both are second-most in a game in school history, against Stevenson on Oct. 4, leading the Spartans to an 8-1 win. She opened the season in blistering fashion, hammering home six goals in the first six games, including two in the season-opener against Messiah.
With two years left for Plappert, Fost is looking forward to her future. "Greta had a stellar sophomore campaign, and what is exciting, is that she has two more to continue to grow, and I believe she will do just that," she said.
"Besides putting points on the board, one thing I think Greta does not get enough credit for is the amount of turnovers she helped create, which led to more scoring opportunities for everyone," Fost added.
Two players on the All-Region first team is a new record for the Spartans, who also matched last year's high of three players as All-Region picks.
Mallory, Posey and Plappert helped the Spartans to a 12-6 season, including 4-2 in conference play, and a spot in the CAC semifinals. Throughout the year, York ripped off two winning streaks of at least four games, with one reaching six.