Bullets set to hit the ground running

Gettysburg College athletic teams poised for a successful fall
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The 2013 fall sports season could shape up to be an exciting one with numerous teams coming off successful campaigns a year ago. The field hockey, women’s soccer, and volleyball teams all qualified for the Centennial Conference tournament last year, and the football team is coming off an impressive 7-3 season. A total of seven All-Centennial Conference performers return to lead the way.

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Men's Cross Country
The Bullets will rely on a mix of solid upperclassmen and a talented first-year class as they seek to improve upon their performances at the Centennial Conference and NCAA Division III Mideast Region Championships. Senior captains Patrick Hill and Cole Rossiter will provide leadership for fourth-year head coach Aubrey Shenk while juniors Jeff Horvath and Ryan Rausch are among the team’s top harriers from a year ago, when they placed seventh at the conference meet and 23rd at regionals.

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Women’s Cross Country

Though it graduated its top two runners from last season, the women’s cross country team brings back a talented and experienced group in 2013 under fourth-year head coach Aubrey Shenk. Five of the Bullets’ top-seven come back from a squad that turned in a stellar sixth-place finish among 49 teams at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional. Among the top returners for Gettysburg, which also placed fifth at the Centennial Conference Championship, are senior Alex Bull, juniors Alyssa Beyer and Meagan Lesniak, and sophomore Julie Laudenschlager.

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Field Hockey

Coming off an impressive 12-5 campaign in 2012, the field hockey team will aim for a return trip to the Centennial Conference playoffs under 12th-year head coach Barb Jordan. Senior midfielder and co-captain Liz Baron will lead the way as a three-time All-Centennial Conference selection and first team All-Region pick in 2012 while junior defender Lexie Mowery is also a returning all-conference performer. Six additional players who started at least one game last season return, including senior captains Erica Barbuto and Kelly Spieker.

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Football

Coming off its best season in 19 years, the football team will seek its fourth straight winning season in 2013 under 35th-year head coach Barry Streeter. After posting back-to-back 6-4 campaigns in 2010 and 2011, the Bullets finished 7-3 a year ago. The Orange and Blue return 40 letterwinners and nine starters, including senior wide receiver Aden Twer, an All-Centennial Conference pick in 2011. Senior linebacker Cody DiAmore, junior quarterback Zach Miller, senior cornerback Hugo Nolasco, and senior wide receiver Matt Pennella will lead the team as captains.

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Men’s Soccer

Bolstered by one of the largest senior classes in the last decade, the men’s soccer team will aim to improve on its 6-10-1 finish from a year ago. Nine seniors are among 20 letterwinners returning for second-year head coach Brett Kelly ’03. The team will be led on the field by senior captains Connor Darrell, Andrew McLane, and Tyler Shaffer. Shaffer is a two-time All-Centennial Conference selection and led the team with 10 points last fall.

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Women’s Soccer

After finishing as one of the conference’s top teams in each of the past three seasons, the women’s soccer team has designs on pushing to the top of the Centennial Conference this fall. The Bullets posted a 12-6 record in 2012 and finished runner-up in the conference regular-season standings. Seventh-year mentor Matt Garrett will field a roster loaded with talent this fall, including 23 returning letterwinners. Returning all-conference performers include seniors Rachel West and Tobi Goss, junior Meg Castranova, and sophomore Eliza Gray.

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Volleyball

The volleyball team will target another winning season in 2013. The Bullets went 15-14 last fall and finished fifth in the Centennial Conference with a 6-4 record against league opponents. Nine letterwinners return for fourth-year coach Leah Bernier in 2013, including five experienced seniors. The team’s top returning attack is senior middle hitter Sarah Gorski, while Lizzy Kuhn will act as the team’s setter. Both players are captains this fall.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Braden Snyder, director of athletic communications, 717.337.6527
Mike Baker, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6521

Posted: Fri, 30 Aug 2013

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