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Five Spartans Earn All-CAC Honors

YORK, PA-The York College women’s soccer program received outstanding news on Wednesday as the 2004 Capital Athletic Conference post-season honors were announced by the league office. Freshman forward Emily Sullivan (Bowie, MD/Archbishop Spalding) earned the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year award as she was also named to the All-CAC first team. Joining Sullivan on the first team was defender Tara Ryan (Milford, PA/Delaware Valley) while freshman forward Erin Kuhn (Turnersville, NJ/Washington Township), sophomore midfielder Kelly Lau (York, PA/Central York), and sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Lomberg (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) each received second-team honors.
Sullivan had one of the greatest seasons by any player in the nine year history of the Spartan program. Sullivan recorded a school-record 14 goals in addition to nine assists for 37 points. The 37 points also tied the single-season school record that was established in 1999. Sullivan played in, and started, all 19 games while she also recorded three game-winning goals. Sullivan’s name is all over the CAC leaders. She is ranked first in points, points per game, goals, and assists while she is second in assists per game and third in goals per game. Sullivan is also tied for second in game-winning goals in the CAC.
“Emily had an outstanding season and I was pleased to see her earn the Rookie-of-the-Year award,” said Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner. “She is a great player that has the ability to make those around her better. I am looking forward to having her around for the next three years.”
Ryan came on to play a critical role for the Spartan defensive unit. After playing as a midfielder during her first two seasons as a Spartan, Ryan moved back to defense to stabilize a unit that had lost two starters heading into the season. Ryan played in, and started, all 19 games but she did not score for YCP.
“I am so happy that Tara was recognized for her season,” said Sterner. “She played a big role in our success this year and I think her skills were showcased when she moved back to defense. Tara works extremely hard and that hard work has certainly paid off for her.”
Kuhn teamed with Sullivan to form the most dangerous offensive combination in the CAC. Kuhn recorded 11 goals and six assists for 28 points. The 11 goals are the fourth highest single-season total in Spartan history while she also tied Sullivan with three game-winning goals. Kuhn ranks ranks fifth in the CAC in points, points per game, and goals while she is sixth in goals per game. Kuhn is also tied for second with three game-winning goals.
“Erin came in and did everything I thought she was capable of,” said Sterner. “She is a very talented player that will continue to improve as she gets stronger. Erin had a wonderful season and I look forward to watching her develop over the next three years.”
Lau came to the Spartan program after playing at Division II Kutztown last year. Lau did an outstanding job as the Spartans’ playmaker in the midfield. She finished the season with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Lau’s finished with five game-winning goals as 71% of her tallies were game-winners for the Spartans. Lau’s five game-winners were the highest total in the CAC.
“Kelly made a huge impact on the team this season,” said Sterner. “She has the ability to make plays that not many other players in our conference can make. I expect Kelly to be even better next year after having a year to play with her teammates.”
Lomberg makes her second appearance on the All-CAC team after earning the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year in 2003. Lomberg finished the season with a mark of 13-4-1 as she recorded six shutouts for the season. She owned a save percentage of .839 and a goals against average of 1.02. Lomberg played in 1,586:24 of the Spartans’ 1,750 total minutes. Lomberg also had one assist this season. She ranked third in the CAC in save percentage, fourth in goals against average, fourth in saves, and tied for second in total shutouts.
“Amanda played well again this season,” said Sterner. “She can be very dominating in net and we certainly saw that again this year.”
The Spartans finished the 2004 season with an overall record of 13-4-2 as they were eliminated in the semifinals on penalty kicks. The 13 wins is the second-highest total in school history. York returns eight of their top nine scorers next year and both goalkeepers as the Spartans look to capture the elusive Capital Athletic Conference championship.



POSTED: October 4, 2004

Kuhn Named Spartan Athlete of the Week

YORK, PA-York College is proud to announce that women’s soccer player Erin Kuhn has been named the Spartan Athlete of the Week for September 27-October 3.
Kuhn, a freshman forward from Turnersville, NJ and Washington Township High School, led the Spartans to their second Capital Athletic Conference win on Saturday as they downed Marymount 3-1. The Saints entered the game 9-1 and 1-1 in the conference as the Spartans, thanks in large part to Kuhn, sent the Saints home with their second loss of the year.
In the win over Marymount, Kuhn earned assists on the Spartans’ first two goals before putting home a critical insurance goal in the game’s 73rd minute. The assists were her third and fourth of the season while the goal was her eighth as she had a hand in all three Spartan goals for the game.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner is pleased with the development of her freshman play maker.
“Erin does a great job of collecting the ball and making plays,” said Sterner. “She hustles all over the field and has done a nice job of creating scoring opportunities for us.”
For the season, Kuhn leads the team with four assists and is second on the team with her eight goals. Her 20 points are two behind fellow freshman forward Emily Sullivan (Bowie, MD/Archbishop Spalding).
Kuhn is the daughter of Eric and Elizabeth Kuhn and she is a Nursing major.


POSTED: September 13, 2004

Sullivan Named Spartan Athlete of the Week

YORK, PA-York College is proud to announce that women’s soccer player Emily Sullivan has been named the Spartan Athlete of the Week for September 6-12.
Sullivan, a freshman forward from Bowie, MD and Archbishop Spalding High School, led the Spartans to the championship at the Widener University Pioneer Classic this past weekend to earn the Athlete of the Week honor.
Sullivan’s tournament began with two goals, including the game-winner, in the Spartans’ 3-1 victory over Swarthmore. She followed that up with a valuable insurance goal in the 2-0 championship game win over Widener. That goal came after she had been elbowed in the head and had to come out of the game because she was bleeding. She reentered the game as Widener was threatening to tie the game and two minutes later she scored the key insurance goal.
Sullivan finished the tournament having scored three of the Spartans’ five goals for the weekend. Sullivan was one of four Spartans to earn All-Tournament team honors.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner is pleased that her freshman forward has gotten off to a good start.
“Emily was highly recruited and she has certainly shown why so far this season,” says Sterner. “She is a good athlete that is also a very good soccer player. She has been a great addition to our program.”
For the season, Sullivan leads the Spartans in scoring with 11 points on five goals and one assist. Those numbers also rank her near the top of the Capital Athletic Conference.
Sullivan is an undeclared major and is the daughter of Bruce and Donna Sullivan.


POSTED: August 23, 2004


Seventeen seconds.
That’s how close the York College women’s soccer team came to winning their first-ever Capital Athletic Conference championship. Unfortunately for the green and white, the Spartans surrendered a late goal in the CAC tournament championship game, forcing overtime as the green and white eventually fell in overtime.
This year, the Spartans feature a number of different faces but the common thread is that the Spartans still have work to do to climb the mountain and get that elusive CAC title.
Spartan head coach Vicki Sterner welcomes back 14 letterwinners but just four starters as graduation and defections have left the green and white looking very different in 2004. The defense will feature the highest number of returning starters as senior captain Emma Clouser, junior captain Cindy Boyer, and sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Lomberg anchor a unit that should provide the green and white with stability as the youthful front line will get their collegiate legs underneath them.
Clouser is a three-year starter whose athleticism and determination provide the Spartans with experience in the defensive backfield. Clouser will be joined by Boyer who is a two-year starter. The tandem needs a pair of new players to replace the departed Ashli Phillips and Jenn Sunday. Those new defenders could come from the talented group of newcomers or could also come from players that are already on the team. Junior Tara Ryan will move back from the midfield to compete for playing time on defense. Other Spartans who could find themselves holding down a position on defense include Tina Engler, Katie Wilson, Laura Hauck, and Lauren Castanio.
“I believe the defense should be strong again this year,” says Sterner. “Having Emma and Cindy back enable us to work two new defenders into the rotation without having a big adjustment period. I feel pretty good about our situation back there.”
Lomberg enters her sophomore year looking to build on a wildly successful freshman campaign that saw her earn the CAC Rookie-of-the-Year award. Lomberg finished the season starting 18 games with a goals against average of 1.01 and a save percentage of .857. She registered five shutouts and went 8-5-3 for the season. Lomberg was a first-team All-CAC selection last year and Sterner expects her to be even better in 2004.
“Amanda has the potential to be a dominating goalkeeper,” says Sterner. “She is extremely athletic and physical, giving her the ability to give our opponents fits. Amanda continues to work and improve and I have very high expectations for her this year.”
Sophomore Kara Fischer provides a very capable back-up to Lomberg. Fischer played 90 minutes last season and did not allow a goal in two games in 2003.
The midfield and forward positions bring a number of unanswered questions as the Spartans approach the season. Gone are four-time All-CAC midfield Jodi Redcay, the Spartans’ second all-time leading scorer, and two-time All-CAC forward Maria Chesnavage, the all-time leading scorer for the women’s soccer program.
“We certainly have lost a great deal in the midfield and up front,” says Sterner. “That doesn’t mean that all hope is lost. We have some returners who have the ability to step in a contribute in those positions. We also have a talented core of incoming newcomers that can provide an instant infusion of ability and talent to those spots.”
One of the key newcomers that will provide the Spartan offense with production is transfer Kelly Lau, a former standout at Central York High School. Lau comes to the Spartan program from Division II Kutztown University. She led Kutztown in scoring last year as she tallied 36 points on 14 goals and eight assists as she played in all 21 Golden Bear games last year. Kutztown went 14-4-3 last year as Lau had five game-winning goals last year.
“Kelly is a very talented player and her skills will fit in nicely on this team,” says Sterner. “I believe she will be a productive player that has the potential to be one of the best offensive players in the CAC.”
The composition of the forward line will be determined once preseason camp is concluded.
“We have a number of possible combinations but many of those combos include new players,” says Sterner. “It is always tough to expect newcomers to step in immediately, but for us to be successful offensively, we will need some of those newcomers to step up and perform up to their abilities. We also need some of our current players to step in and contribute.”
Returners Sharon Bowen, Meg Lubas, and Stacey Pusey are the three returning forwards that will have a chance to contribute to the Spartan offense up top. Bowen notched 10 points on four goals and two assists in 2003 while Lubas had two points and Pusey notched four points on a goal and two assists.
The midfield features a group of returners that will have the opportunity to earn quality playing time. Senior captain Jess Neville is a solid player whose leadership provides the Spartans with experience and steady play. Sophomore Maura Duignan will have an opportunity to earn quality minutes after playing in 18 games during her freshman season. Duignan is an aggressive and athletic player that continued to improve each game last year.
“Jess provides us with good leadership while Maura gives us speed and agressiveness,” says Sterner. “Combining the returning players with the newcomers should provide us with quality depth in the midfield.”
The key newcomers for the Spartans’ include Maryland’s Allison Johnson, Katie Orlando, and Emily Sullivan; New Jersey’s Erin Kuhn and Kyrie Lillo; and Pennsylvania’s Katie Kegerreis. Along with those key players eight local players will be joining them in preseason camp.
“Certainly being so close to a championship last year is very motivating for the program,” says Sterner. “We are going to be a different team this year but I see no reason why we won’t be a highly competitive and entertaining team.”
The green and white begin their 2004 campaign on September 1 when they host Wilmington College in a
non-conference contest.