Every award conceivable has been thrown at the Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team, and now the 2011 NCAA Division III champions have a whole day of their own as the Gettysburg Borough Council declared Nov. 14, 2011, Gettysburg College Women's Lacrosse Day.
The Bullets were honored as part of the Borough Council's regularly scheduled meeting held Nov. 14 at the Municipal Building on High Street. Family members, College staff, and various members of the community were on hand to witness the proclamation by Mayor William Troxell. The mayor's statement cited the team's success as one of the top Division III programs in the nation and its dedication reaching its goal of winning the national title.
The final line of the proclamation read as follows:
"Therefore, I, William Troxell, Mayor of Gettysburg, on behalf of the Borough of Gettysburg, wish to congratulate the 2011 Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team for winning the NCAA Division III national women's lacrosse championship and do hereby declare November 14, 2011, as Gettysburg College Women's Lacrosse Team Day in Gettysburg."
The proclamation was just the tip of the iceberg as an award named for one of Gettysburg's beloved sports figures was also bestowed upon the lacrosse team.
"This team's national championship was achieved through the dedication and outstanding performance of these very gifted and talented athletes," said Troxell. "Throughout their journey from the practice field at Gettysburg College to the national championship game, they received their support from an outstanding coaching staff, College athletic support staff, and the College administration. We've invited them tonight to congratulate them and present them with the Gettysburg Borough's Eddie Plank Award for Outstanding Athletic Achievement."
Jack Bream '57, founder of Gettysburg College's Orange and Blue Club and a member of the school's Hall of Athletic Honor, detailed the history of Plank's rise to greatness as one of the top pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball. Over a 17-year career, he won 326 games, most of which came as a member of the Philadelphia Athletics. Plank, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946, also played on the College baseball team for two seasons before being drafted in 1901 by the Athletics.
Each member of the women's lacrosse team, including the members of the coaching staff and support personnel, were awarded a certificate and a Gettysburg pin, presented by Council President John Butterfield. The team posed for a picture with Troxell, Bream, Butterfield, and Councilman Ted Streeter before departing.
"It was a great honor to get an award from the borough," said Hannah Church '12, who was the 2011 NCAA Division III Tournament Most Outstanding Player. "I actually wasn't expecting it. Back when we were doing it all...I didn't think we would be representing Gettysburg as a whole too. So it's kind of exciting to see it in the bigger picture."
Since winning the College's first NCAA title with a 16-5 win over Bowdoin College on May 22, the women's lacrosse team has received notice from all sides. Both Church and Becky Lutz '11 were named All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, with the latter also being named the nation's top defender.
The team was tabbed the Division III Team of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, while Head Coach Carol Cantele '83 was honored as Coach of the Year by the popular magazine. Cantele was also named the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Coach of the Year, and recently she was selected to her high school's Wall of Honor. The Bullets' staff received further recognition as Barb Jordan was recognized as the nation's top assistant coach by the IWLCA.
Gettysburg capped the 2011 season with a 19-4 overall record and the nation's No. 1 ranking. The Bullets will embark on the defense of that title on Feb. 23 with a road trip to the University of Mary Washington at 4 p.m.
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
Article by Corey Jewart, associate director of athletic communications
Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521Posted: Tue, 15 Nov 2011
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