Top Ten Athletic Moments from 2013-14

It's that time again when we revisit some of the top sports moments at Gettysburg College from the past year.

Year after year, the top 10 becomes a more difficult undertaking as the Bullets shine in the world of sports. In 2013-14, Gettysburg claimed three Centennial Conference titles (men's swimming, women's golf, women's lacrosse) and sent four teams to the NCAA Division III Championships. Many student-athletes set new program standards, while several head coaches reached professional milestones. If your favorite moment didn't make the top ten, perhaps it was named one of the seven honorable mentions.

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Top Moment No. 1: Baseball Streaks to Record Season

Our top moment of 2013-14 technically isn't a moment.

Rather, it's 23 of them.

The baseball team strung together a 23-game winning streak spanning over a month, vaulting the Bullets to a record-breaking season and marking top moment No. 1 in Gettysburg College athletics in 2013-14. Read more

Top Moment No. 2: Women's Golf Goes to NCAAs
Women's golf

The women's golf team at Gettysburg has been dominant. The team has won five conference titles and 34 events over the last seven seasons. But despite those impressive feats, a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship had eluded the Bullets until this past spring.

After just missing the opportunity to play on the big stage in 2013, Gettysburg made the cut this past spring and headed to Florida to compete alongside the nation's best. Read more

Top Moment No. 3: Women's Lax Never Surrenders
Women's Lax

The women's lacrosse team doesn't fall behind very often, and when it does, it doesn't stay that way for long. But facing a four-goal deficit to a team it has rarely beaten in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, the outlook seemed bleak for the Bullets.

Middlebury College is one of the very few programs to hold the upper-hand on Gettysburg. Heading into the national playoff match up this past May, the Panthers had won seven of eight prior meetings with the Bullets, including a pair of victories in the NCAA Tournament. Read more

Top Moment No. 4: Potter Shines at NCAAs

For Jason Potter '15, the third time proved to be the charm.

Competing at his third NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship, the sprint freestyler registered one of the most impressive performances at a national meet in program history. He captured All-America honors in four of the five events in which he competed and, with the assistance of just three teammates, helped the Bullets finish 16th in the team standings, marking top moment No. 4 in Gettysburg College athletics in 2013-14. Read more

Top Moment No. 5: Soccer Scholars
Men's Soccer

Excelling on and off the field is a point of pride for many Gettysburg student-athletes. That point reached another level for men's soccer players Andrew Bellis '14 and Devin Geiman '14.

Bellis and Geiman became the third pair of Bullets from the same team to earn Capital One Academic All-America distinction this past fall. They are also the first Academic All-Americans in the 83-year history of the men's soccer program at Gettysburg.

The duo embarked on similar, yet vastly different collegiate careers. They played similar positions on the soccer pitch, primarily plying their trade in the defensive backfield. They were both members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and their primary objectives entering college were to get the most of their experiences. Read more

Top Moment No. 6: McNulty Dominates

Not many student-athletes get to enjoy the type of season Kara McNulty put together on the golf course during the 2013-14 campaign.

From her first tournament in early September to her last in mid-May, McNulty was nearly untouchable. She took home top honors a school and conference record eight times. In the two completed events she didn't win, she still managed to finish runner-up. Read more

Top Moment No. 7: Men's Lacrosse's Stunning Comeback
Men's Lax

With 14:48 remaining in their regular-season finale at McDaniel College, the men's lacrosse team's postseason chances were fading.

The Bullets trailed the Green Terror 15-10 and faced the possibility of missing the Centennial Conference playoffs with a loss.

But that's when the Orange and Blue flipped the switch and posted one of the most dramatic comebacks in recent program history, reeling off six unanswered goals – with Jameson Smith '16 scoring the last three – to escape with a 16-15 victory, marking top moment No. 7 in Gettysburg College athletics in 2013-14. Read more

Top Moment No. 8: Kirkpatrick Dunk Makes SportsCenter
Kirkpatrick Dunk

Everyone loves a good dunk.

And for Gettysburg's Tanner Kirkpatrick '17, that included a sports network known as ESPN.

Kirkpatrick's soaring, one-handed slam on Jan. 18 earned him a spot on Sportscenter's "Top 10 Plays" and marked top moment No. 8 in Gettysburg College athletics in 2013-14. Read more

Top Moment No. 9: Cavanaugh Returns to Nationals
Cavanaugh Returns to Nationals

In just two years, Katie Cavanaugh '16 has built an impressive résumé as a member of the Gettysburg College women's track and field team.

She has broken four school records as a hurdler and sprinter and ranks among the all-time top-10 in school history in another four events. She also claimed five medals at the Centennial Conference indoor and outdoor championships. Read more

Top Moment No. 10: 1000 to 1 World Premiere
1000 to 1

Back in October 2012, Hollywood came to Gettysburg when 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story was filmed on campus.

Over a year later, the College received one last taste of showbiz when the world premiere of the movie – based on the inspirational true story of former Bullet men's basketball player Cory Weissman '12 – was held at Gettysburg's Majestic Theater, marking top moment No. 10 in Gettysburg College athletics in 2013-14.

On March 1, the invitation-only screening event was shown before a packed house that included Weissman, cast members, film production crew, and other special guests. After the movie, Weissman joined several actors of the film for a Q&A session onstage. Read more

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.

Posted: Wed, 30 Jul 2014

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