resident and York College senior Jon Ports (McDonogh) has been honored
as the NSCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Player-of-the-Year as announced
by the organization late last week. Ports becomes York’s first national
Player-of-the-Year in athletic department history.
“When I first heard about it, when the NSCAA Chairman called me, I
couldn’t believe it,” Ports said of hearing of his selection. “I was
emotional and excited.”
“It definitely shows how this team has progressed,” Ports continued.
“It is an individual award but it has been my teammates and coaches
that have made me better over the past three seasons.”
In 2009, the senior Spartan tallied a team-high 23 points on
goals, including a trio of game-winners, and nine assists. As the focal
point of the Green and White attack, as well as opponent’s defensive
game plans, Ports led the Spartans to a 17-1-5 record, their first
Capital Athletic Conference Tournament Championship since the 2006
campaign, and York’s fifth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament
this year reaching the Sweet 16. All told, the Spartans finished ranked
eighth in the final 2009 NSCAA national poll.
Spartan head coach Mark Ludwig said. “He is a special player that
brings unmatched qualities to every game. It has been a pleasure to
watch him progress not only as a player, but more importantly as a
person. All these honors bestowed upon him the past three years are
truly a testament to not only his abilities, but also his character and
The two-time CAC Player-of-the-Year leaves the Spartan program after
notching 33 goals, including 12 game-winners, while his 35 career
assists ties him for first all-time. Ports’ 101 career points stands as
the third-best total in Spartan men’s soccer history. The Spartans made
three consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament during Ports’ time in
the Green and White, reaching as far as the Elite Eight in 2007.
Additionally, Ports is one of only a handful of three-time first-team
All-American in NCAA men’s soccer history across all three divisions.
“With team success comes individual awards, Ludwig commented on Ports’
most recent accolade. “This honor is not only just an individual honor,
but a team one as well. We were all very fortunate to have worked with
Jon over the previous three years.” Ports started in each of York’s 68
contests over the previous three campaigns, as he helped lead the Green
and White to a remarkable 56-4-8 record, including 21-1-2 in CAC play,
during that span.