York, PA -
The Daily Record/Sunday News presents the 2012 YAIAA Girls' Lacrosse All-Stars:
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Nicole Black, Kennard-Dale, Jr., attack:
Black powered the Rams offense with 59 goals and 116 assists. She also helped Kennard-Dale to a Division II crown, the YAIAA tournament title and a spot in the quarterfinals of the District 3 tournament. Rams coach Kelly Wetzel said of Black, "She's a smart player who sees the field and anticipates the cutting lanes." The two-time all-star caused 20 turnovers, had an interception and fielded 94 ground balls.
Katie Wherley, South Western, Sr., attack:
The senior led the Mustangs to the Division I title. A three-time all-star, Wherley will continue her lacrosse career at LaSalle University. Wherley scored five goals in a season-ending loss for the 15-win Mustangs in the District 3 tournament.
Alexis China, York Catholic, Jr., attack:
China was the quarterback of the Irish's 16-win team. China was first on the team with 59 goals and added 23 assists. Her 53 draw controls led the team. "Alexis is super reliable and makes very few mistakes," coach Rob Linthicum said.
Brooke Clasing, Susquehannock, Jr., attack:
After receiving honorable mention a year ago, Clasing helped the Warriors to a 10-win season. She scored three goals in wins against York Suburban and Central York.
Lindsay Ingram, York Catholic, Sr., midfielder:
Ingram didn't start playing lacrosse until ninth grade but proved to be a fast learner by racking up back-to-back all-star nods. She earned a scholarship to Division-I St. Francis after a 54-goal, 23-assist season. An all-around player, she caused 31 turnovers and finished with 52 ground balls. Coach Rob Linthicum said of Ingram, "She is as tenacious a player as there is."
Gabrielle Greco, York Suburban, Sr., midfielder:
Greco scored five goals in a loss against Susquehannock and added four more in a setback to Red Lion. She scored two more goals in a win against Division-I Dallastown in March.
Allee Ilgenfritz, West York, Jr., midfielder:
A two-year honorable mention before this season, Ilgenfritz's offense helped the Bulldogs to an eight-win campaign. She had a five-goal, two-assist match in a win against Spring Grove. Ilgenfritz had a seven-goal performance in an April win vs. New Oxford.
Haley Romoser, Kennard-Dale, Jr., midfielder/defender:
Coach Kelly Wetzel said of Romoser, "She's not called on to score a lot, but does when necessary." That is proved by her 22 goals and 10 assists. She finished the season with 19 draw controls, nine caused turnovers and three interceptions.
Lainey Elliott, York Catholic, Sr., defender:
Elliott finished with 34 draw controls and scooped up 33 ground balls. "I asked her to play defense this year to give us some speed and aggressiveness on defense, and she came through for us in a big way," coach Rob Linthicum said.
Taylor Davis, Kennard-Dale, Jr., midfielder/defender:
The two-time all-star was a key to the Rams' transition game, the junior scored 34 goals and assisted on 13 others. "She has an innate ability to position herself where the ball is going to be," coach Kelly Wetzel said. Davis finished with 17 caused turnovers and six interceptions.
Kiyanna Brown, West York, Sr., defender:
Brown's defense helped the Bulldogs earn a spot in the District 3 playoffs. Brown, also a field hockey all-star, will continue her career at Delaware State University, which will field its first lacrosse team next season.
Brianna Logana, Kennard-Dale, Sr., low defense:
Logana never shied away from tough matchups, "Brianna was able to anticipate where the ball was going to be and was able to slide to that spot," coach Kelly Wetzel said. She caused 17 turnovers, won 35 ground balls and scored two goals.
Alana Pietra, York Catholic, Jr., goalie:
The two-time all-star was stellar in the cage, which coach Rob Linthicum said "is saying a lot because in my opinion there are a few very good goalkeepers in York County. She's super in the cage." Pietra made 179 saves -- a 56.1-percent save ratio.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Rob Linthicum, York Catholic:
Linthicum piloted the Irish to a second-place finish in Division II with an 8-2 record. York Catholic advanced to the YAIAA tournament final, before falling to Division II-champion Kennard-Dale. Catholic was the No. 4 seed in the District 3 tournament and beat YAIAA-rival Susquehannock to capture its first district win in the first round before falling to Penn Manor in the quarterfinals. The Irish finished 16-4.