YORK, PA – York College senior defender Kevin Witchey has been named the USILA William C. Stiles Memorial Outstanding Defenseman of the Year as announced by the organization. Witchey was named USILA First-Team All-American on Thursday.
Witchey had an outstanding senior year for the Green and White as he helped lead the Spartans to a 19-3 year with another regular season Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III Elite Eight.
Witchey spearheaded the Spartan defense, a defense that allowed 7.72 goals per game. Witchey played in and started all 22 games, notched 28 caused turnovers and scooped up 32 ground balls all while being trusted with checking the opponent's best players.
Spartan head coach Brandon Childs was very happy to see his senior defender recognized.
"I believe that this recognition is a long time coming for Kevin," said Childs. "Over the past three years, Kevin has covered some of the nation's top attackmen and midfielders and has limited the impact those players have made on the game. Our defense was the strength of this year's team and a lot of that comes from Kevin's ability to neutralize the opposing team's top threat."
The Spartan defense was particularly stingy early as they allowed just an average of 1.5 goals in the opening quarter of their 22 games during the year.
Witchey finished his career playing 79 games with 65 starts. He totaled 105 ground balls and 65 caused turnovers. Witchey ranks fourth in career turnovers, seventh in career starts, and eighth in games played. He also is ninth in caused turnovers per game (0.82).
Childs has no doubt why Witchey has been successful for the Green and White.
"On and off the field Kevin is a worker," states Childs. "There are just not words to describe what his teammates see him doing every day. Whether it be in the weight room, the film room, or in the library, the kid is a perfectionist that prepares himself better than anyone to be at his best."
Witchey is now the second Spartan to positional player of the year honors under the guidance of Childs. Conrad Ordakowski was named the USILA Short Stick Defensive Midfielder of the Year in 2017.
Childs knows that Witchey has all the characteristics of what has made other Spartans successful student-athletes.
"Kevin joins an incredible group of alumni who have been named first team All-Americans and if there is one trait that they all share in common, it is that they were more concerned about the team's success than their own."
Witchey is one of eight Spartans to earn USILA All-American honors in 2019. He was joined on the All-American teams by teammates J.D. Beck, Thomas Pfeiffer, Hunter Davis, Danny O'Connell, Billy Sasso, Brad Casale, and Nick Roman.