Kyle Worsley helped Onondaga Community College capture its 12th national title when the Lazers defeated Nassau 7-6 in overtime May 19 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Championship. And the former South Carroll High School standout did so by scoring the game-tying goal with time running out — a goal that garnered national attention for its degree of difficulty — which gave Onondaga (13-2) a chance to repeat as national champs.
Worsley, a sophomore, had two goals and one assist against Nassau, and his second goal was a thing of beauty. The attackman spun his way through some defenders from the right side of the crease before shooting between his legs and netting the equalizer with 43 seconds remaining in regulation.
Worsley finished the season with 32 goals and 15 assists in 15 games (13 starts) for the Lazers. He added 21 ground balls and four caused turnovers.
In 2018, Worsley saw action in 13 games without a start, and collected eight goals and four assists.
His lacrosse didn’t end with Onondaga’s spring season, however — Worsley is expected to be part of Team USA in this summer’s International Indoor Junior Lacrosse world championships, Aug. 6-11 in Ontario, Canada.
The IIJL plays “box” lacrosse, is a condensed version of field lacrosse. It’s played indoors, and closely mimics hockey. Each team fields six players — five runners and one goalie.The sticks and goals are smaller, and the field is tighter, forcing players to rely on technique and stick skills.
Worsley had a goal and two assists during round-robin play for Team USA in the 2018 championships.
Wayne’s World for Buberl
Waynesburg infielder Justin Buberl (Westminster) put together a stellar junior year for the Yellow Jackets’ baseball team, and earned second-team all-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors in 2019.
Buberl paced Waynesburg in batting average (.360), runs scored (36), hits (53), doubles (12), triples (2), RBIs (27), slugging percentage (.510), and stolen bases (five out of five). He was also one of the top defensive players in the league, boasting a .990 fielding percentage while spending most of his year at second base. His 104 assists were also tops on the squad.
Buberl batted .391 in 24 PAC games with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, and 18 RBIs. Buberl was Waynesburg’s representative on the All-PAC Sportsmanship Team, and the Jackets (21-19) named him their Most Valuable Player for 2019.
Ship shape for Hertz
Shippensburg women’s lacrosse player Valerie Hertz (Liberty) landed on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region First Team for a second time in as many seasons.
Hertz was one of just two players in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference to be ranked among the Top 8 players in ground balls (third), caused turnovers (fourth), and draw controls (eighth) at the conclusion of the regular season. Hertz produced multiple caused turnovers in 11 games, including four or more on five occasions. She also had at least one ground ball and one draw control in every game. Hertz recorded at least four ground balls and four draw controls in nine games.
She completed her Raiders career with 154 caused turnovers (school record), 227 ground balls (second all-time at SU), and 180 draw controls (second all-time). This is the second postseason award of 2019 for Hertz, who was named to the 2019 All-PSAC First Team.
She is one of just two defenders in school history to earn three career All-PSAC first-team nods.
Hey now, you’re an All-Star
Hertz is headed to the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game on June 1 at US Lacrosse Headquarters in Sparks. She’s on the South Team in the Division II game, which is set for 2:30 p.m. The D-III game between North and South opens the All-Star Game action at 11:30 a.m. McDaniel College’s Lindsay Farrell is also on the South squad, along with Gettysburg’s Steph Colson (Manchester Valley).
Farrell, a midfielder, was a first-team All-Centennial Conference selection and second-team all-region honoree, Farrell led the Green Terror with 49 points and 108 draw controls. She was also tied for the team lead with 32 ground balls.
Colson, a two-time All-Centennial Conference and two-time All-Metro Region selection, was hampered by injury throughout much of April but still managed to finish among the team leaders in goals (23), assists (18), points (41), and draw controls (51). She led the team with 22 caused turnovers and tied for the lead with 34 ground balls.
The D-I game begins at 1, with a North Team roster including Loyola’s Kristen Yanchoris (Century) and a South Team with Maryland’s Shelby Mercer (Century).
Yanchoris, one of seven four-time all-conference honorees in Loyola history, concluded her career with 114 ground balls and 83 caused turnovers. She was twice voted the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and was the 2018 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year.
Mercer made 23 starts for the Terps, who won the national championship Sunday, and collected 31 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers.