York Catholic graduate makes East Stroudsburg history; other local college grades

A graduate of York Catholic High School made history in East Stroudsburg women’s lacrosse.

On Monday, Kayleigh Pokrivka was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division Women’s Lacrosse Defenseman of the Year. She is the first athlete from East Stroudsburg to earn this honor.

The 5-foot-5 graduate student is also just the second ESU lacrosse player to be named to the All-PSAC First Team three times (2018, 2021-22).

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The national leader in turnovers caused per game this season, she even recorded 50 turnovers caused in 16 games this season. She also ranks in the top 10 in NCAA Division II this season in ground balls. Among all active NCAA women’s lacrosse players in all divisions, Pokrivka’s 160 career has resulted in second-highest turnovers.

The Warriors (15-1) remained sixth in the latest NCAA Division II poll of International Women’s Lacrosse Association coaches for the third straight week.

Later Monday, after a dominating pair of wins to close out the regular season, the PSAC announced that Pokrivka had also been named PSAC East Lacrosse Defender of the Week for the fourth time in 2022. She combined for six turnovers against Shippensburg and Bloomsburg and won five ground balls.

Bren Taylor

OTHER LOCAL COLLEGE NOTES

York East Graduate Honored: After hitting .556 in three wins at Millersville, junior outfielder Bren Taylor was named PSAC East Division Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

The Eastern York High School grad was 10-for-18 (.556) with nine runs scored and seven RBIs over a four-game streak. Taylor hit base at least twice in the four games, posting a .600 on-base percentage.

Last week’s performance pushed Taylor’s average to .404 for the season, which ranks sixth in the PSAC. Taylor also ranks fifth in the PSAC with a .500 on-base percentage. He leads the conference in runs scored (61) and is tied at three with teammates Luke Trainer and Jimmy Losh for the PSAC lead in hits.

The Taylor Marauders (34-12 overall) enter the final weekend of the regular season in a stalemate with West Chester and Shippensburg atop the PSAC East standings at 15-6.

Nathalie Robson

The York Robson golfer acknowledged: York College’s Natalie Robson was named Middle Atlantic Conference Golfer of the Year after winning the MAC Women’s Golf Tournament for the second year in a row in Fleetwood, Berks County, over the weekend .

Shot shot a 9-over 153 over the two days at Golden Oaks to tie for first with Alvernia’s Katie Lapinsky. Robson won a four-hole playoff to claim the title. She helped York win a second consecutive MAC Women’s Golf Team crown. The effort earned Robson MAC Women’s Golfer of the Week honors for the second week in a row.

Robby Elzinga

A Northeast graduate receives an award: Robby Elzinga, a graduate of Northeastern High School and junior outfielder at York College, has been named MAC’s Commonwealth Baseball Player of the Week.

He led the Spartans (21-16 overall) to a 5-0 week to clinch a berth in the MAC Commonwealth Championship Tournament. Elzinga went 10 for 19 with nine runs scored, 12 RBI, four doubles, one homer and six walks. He finished the week with a .526 batting average, .895 hitting percentage and .640 on-base percentage.

For the season, Elzinga is hitting .399 with three home runs, 36 RBIs, .536 hitting percentage, .489 on-base hitting percentage, and 1.025 on-base hitting percentage.

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