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College Notebook: Westminster’s Davis, other former county standouts beginning college lax seasons

York College sophomore Hunter Davis, a Westminster graduate, is shown playing last season. Davis had four goals, including the game-winner, to lift the No. 7 Spartans past No. 20 Washington and Lee in the 2017 season opener.

York College men's lacrosse star Hunter Davis switched men's lacrosse jersey numbers this season, giving No. 7 to his older brother Tyler, and taking No. 22 for his sophomore season.

That seems to be the only thing that has changed in Davis' college game.


The former Westminster standout started the 2017 season strong — he had a team-high four goals for the seventh-ranked Spartans, including the game-winner with 71 seconds remaining, in a 12-11 victory over No. 20 Washington and Lee last Saturday in Lexington, Virginia.

Davis netted his eighth career game-winning goal in his 23rd career college contest. The 2015 Times Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year added three ground balls in the win for York, the reigning Capital Athletic Conference champions which made a postseason run to the Division III NCAA tournament Elite Eight last spring.


Davis established himself in a big way during his rookie season — the attackman had 35 goals and 14 assists for the 18-4 Spartans, and added 39 ground balls and a caused turnover.

Davis' performance earned him D-III Rookie of the Year from Lacrosse Magazine.

York's home opener is set for this Saturday against Eastern; Davis scored four times in last year's matchup.

Panther pride

Florida Tech (Division II) continues to maintain its pipeline to Carroll County when it comes to its men's lacrosse program. The Panthers' roster features Liberty grad Logan Sweeney, Winters Mill alum Teddy Chase, Westminster natives Reid Chaconas (Glenelg Country School) and Tyler Covey (Loyola Blakefield), Sykesville natives Nick Fornadel (Calvert Hall) and Justin Wittfelt (McDonogh).

Sweeney, a sophomore midfielder, had three goals in Florida Tech's season-opening 20-6 win over Lincoln Memorial last Saturday. Sweeney added two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Chaconas is a freshman mid, Chase is a senior long-stick middie, Covey is a sophomore attackman, Fornadel is a freshman defender, and Wittfelt is a sophomore midfielder.

Florida Tech began playing men's lacrosse in 2012, and former Westminster standouts Eric Biller, C.J. Nichols, and Travis Wunder, along with Century graduate Christian Koch, helped the Panthers in recent years.


A fine debut for freshmen

Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley) and Hannah Warther (Century) made their women's lacrosse debut with Maryland last week, and the former county stars contributed right away. Colson and Warther each scored their first collegiate goal in the Terps' 13-3 win over William & Mary.

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Colson, a three-time Times Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, added two ground balls and a caused turnover. Warther, a four-time Times first-team all-county pick, had a grounder as well. Maryland's roster also includes sophomore defender Shelby Mercer (Century), sophomore midfielder Marissa Donoghue (Century), reshirt sophomore defender Steff Holmes (Marriottsville/McDonogh), and junior defender Julie LeGar (Eldersburg/Garrison Forest).

Hey, Bulldog

Barton College senior forward and Westminster graduate Nick Ellison is finishing up his second season with the Bulldogs men's basketball team (16-8) after transferring from Tiffin. Ellison has 14 starts in Barton's 21 games, and he averages 4.2 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Ellison was one of 181 college athletes nominated in late November for the 2017 Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his leadership skills on and off the court, giving back to others.


Ellison spent more than 120 hours per season as a coach with youth basketball programs, participated in the men's team's partnership with an organization dedicated to provided fun experiences to kids with life-threatening illnesses, and is serving as president of Barton's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, which he helped raise more than $2,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.