GameTimePA.com girls' lacrosse all-stars
The top YAIAA athletes from the 2016 season, as selected by the GameTimePA.com staff
Meet the all-stars
First-team all-stars capsules, Player and Coach of the Year, and honorable-mention list
Introducing the YAIAA first-team all-stars for the 2016 season.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Braxtin Reddinger, New Oxford, sr.
The senior was by far the best goal-scorer in the league, racking up 85 goals — 14 more than the second-best scorer — and adding 27 assists. The UMBC commit led New Oxford to its best regular season in program history and its first district playoff appearance. She eclipsed 250 career goals this season and scored at least seven goals in six games.
Alyssa Adams, Red Lion, jr.
In her first season in the area, Adams was the highest-scoring junior in the league (67 goals) and led the Lions to the district playoffs. The Cincinnati commit was praised by opposing coaches for her scoring abilities and her play on draw controls.
Addison Billings, Central York, sr.
Billings was a bright spot for a Central York team that finished in the middle of the pack. The senior earned a first-team all-star nod for the second consecutive season with 71 goals — the second-highest among YAIAA players.
Maddie Day, Kennard-Dale, so.
Day stepped up in a big way this season for the Rams, racking up more than 70 goals in the regular season. The sophomore was the go-to scorer in the Rams' high-powered offense.
Emmie Dressel, Kennard-Dale, jr.
Arguably the best player on the county's best team, Dressel was a nightmare for opposing coaches attempting to gameplan around her. The junior finished top 10 in the league in goals and top five in assists while leading the Rams to their first district title.
Kayla Held, Susquehannock, jr.
How good was Susquehannock's junior class? While Haley Martinez held down the back line, Gena Speights took care of the scoring and Rachel Marshner manned the midfield, it was Held who kept everything flowing on offense. She led the league in assists with 52 in the regular season.
Anna Linthicum, York Catholic, jr.
In her first season as an attacker, Linthicum scored 56 times in the regular season and added 30 assists. She provided a strong offensive weapon for a defensive-minded team and helped lead the Irish to their first appearance in the district semifinals.
Rachel Marshner, Susquehannock, jr.
Marshner is one of the best all-around lacrosse players in the league. After being named a first-team all-league defender last season, the junior moved up to the midfield this year and may have been even better. Marshner scored 60 goals and finished top five in the league with 33 assists.
Haley Martinez, Susquehannock, jr.
Martinez is another Warrior back on the first-team for a second-straight season. She was praised by coaches all around the league as an elite defender. Her head coach Steve Marshner called her a "blue collar-type defender" because of her high motor and knack for doing whatever the coaching staff asks, which usually includes covering the opponent's top player.
Maura Palandro, York Catholic, sr.
Widely considered one of the best defenders in the district, Palandro's ability to force turnovers and scoop up groundballs helped York Catholic reach new heights in the district playoffs while boasting the district's best defense. Palandro will play at Kennesaw State next season.
Laura Silver, South Western, sr.
Silver is back on the first team for a second-straight season as the league's top goaltender. She led the league in save percentage the entire season and was applauded by her coaches for stepping up as a team leader for a young Mustangs squad.
Gena Speights, Susquehannock, jr.
Speights was the top goal scorer for the Warriors with 66 goals in the regular season. She scored at least three goals in 13 straight games and scored five or more goals seven times.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Rob Linthicum, York Catholic
Linthicum's York Catholic team finished the regular season with the best defense in the district, allowing fewer than five goals per game. The Irish reached the district semifinals for the first time in program history while winning their first 17 games. They finished 19-3.
Eastern York: Rylie Toomey. Kennard-Dale: Clare Boone, Morgan Bowings, Claire Gamache. Red Lion: Emily Robbins, Peyton Shima. South Western: Elizabeth Antoshak. Spring Grove: Jordyn Miller. Susquehannock: Maddie Ellis, Kenna Hancock, Rachel Miller, Emma Stiffler. West York: Ally Williams. York Catholic: Lisa Casagrande, Lindsey China, Kayleigh Pokrivka.
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