Two goals were all that separated the men's lacrosse team from its first national title. Although the Bullets lost by a 9-7 count to Cortland State in the NCAA Division III championship game - the program's third appearance in the final - it hardly put a damper on a magnificent season. After a 2-3 start, the Bullets reeled off a school record-tying 14-game winning streak, during which the team beat two different No. 1-ranked teams on the road. First, head coach Hank Janczyk's crew defeated top-ranked Salisbury University 11-10, ending the Sea Gulls 55-game winning streak and 80-game home winning streak. Then, the Orange & Blue knocked off No. 1 Stevenson University 12-7 in the NCAA semifinals.
Senior long-stick midfielder Tommy Kehoe made history on two different fronts - earning Gettysburg's first-ever NCAA Division III Player of the Year award, then becoming the first player in program history to be drafted by Major League Lacrosse (MLL). He was picked by the MLL's Chicago Machine, and went on make the team as a short-stick defenseman. Men's lacrosse
The women's lacrosse team also recorded an impressive postseason run. Making their third appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals in the last four years, the Bullets gave No. 1 Salisbury University all it could handle. But despite leading for most of the game, the Sea Gulls rallied with two late goals to claim an 11-10 victory. Gettysburg, which finished the season with a 16-4 record, downed a pair of nationally-ranked programs on its road to the Final Four, handling No. 17 Roanoke 15-6 in the NCAA Second Round before topping No. 4 College of New Jersey 10-9 in the quarterfinals. Junior Hollis Stahl gained a slew of postseason awards for the Bullets, including Centennial Conference Player of the Year, ECAC Division III Metro/South Region Player of the Year, and Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American. She finished with 64 goals for year, tying for sixth on the school's single-season list. Women's lacrosse
Junior Vanessa Pabon capped an outstanding season with a strong showing at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Competing in the triple jump, Pabon missed all-America honors by one place, finishing ninth with a mark of 38-7 1/2, just three-quarters of an inch shy of her own school record. The Centennial Conference indoor and outdoor triple jump champion, Pabon also broke her previous school record in the heptathlon this spring with a score of 4,065 points. Women's Track & Field
After a tough 2008 season, the softball team bounced back with a successful 2009 campaign. The Bullets added 14 wins to their 2008 total and finished 27-10-1, posting their second-highest victory total in program history. Going 11-4-1 in Centennial Conference play, the Bullets finished third in the conference standings to earn a postseason playoff berth. Senior centerfielder Erin Ober was lauded as the Centennial Conference Player of the Year after leading the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.402), runs (41), home runs (six) and RBIs (tied, 31). She tied the school's single-season home run record. Softball
Success on the field and excellence in the classroom went hand-in-hand for a pair of Gettysburg lacrosse players, as juniors Nicole Ditillo and Tim Kurpis were named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Both Ditillo, an English and psychology double major with a 3.99 cumulative GPA, and Kurpis, an economics and mathematics double major with a 4.04 GPA, earned second-team honors. Ditillo became Gettysburg's first-ever women's lacrosse CoSIDA Academic All-American while Kurpis is the second men's lacrosse player to capture the honor.
More on AthleticsPosted: Wed, 24 Jun 2009
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