Gettysburg College student-athletes shine in hard-fought fall season

Cross country runner Kerrin Epstein's appearance in the NCAA Division III national championships was just one of many achievements by Gettysburg College student-athletes during the fall season.

Among other highlights were numerous records for the football team, including total offense, thanks in part to quarterback Matt Flynn, now the Centennial Conference's all-time leader in passing yards.

In addition, the field hockey squad posted a record number of victories.

View a photo gallery of fall sports highlights.

Women's Cross Country
A 54th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships by senior Kerrin Epstein highlighted an outstanding season for the women's cross country team. The Bullets placed fourth at the Centennial Conference Championships but were even more impressive at the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, where they took fifth out of 44 schools. Epstein turned in a stellar season, winning two races early in the season before placing fifth at the conference meet and third at regionals to gain all-conference and all-region honors. Senior Sarah Fritz also ran well, gaining all-conference and all-region accolades by taking 13th at the CC Championships and 18th at regionals. The Bullets were ranked as high as No. 4 in the region and for a one-week period were ranked No. 35 nationally.

Men's Cross Country
The Bullets completed another solid season in the highly-competitive Centennial Conference and Mideast region. The team placed fourth or better at five different meets, including the Centennial Conference Championships, where they took fourth. At the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional, the Bullets placed eighth among 45 teams, with junior Clay Reynolds earning all-region status by placing 33rd out of 314 runners. During the season, Gettysburg was ranked as high as No. 6 in the region.

Field Hockey
The Bullets registered a 14-5 record for the team's highest victory total since 2005 and placed second in the Centennial Conference with an 8-2 league mark. The team finished with a No. 17 national ranking and qualified for the CC playoffs for the seventh year in a row. Gettysburg won its first five and last five games of the regular season before bowing to 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins in the conference semifinals. Senior midfielder Vanessa Pabon helped lead a strong defense that tied a school record with 10 shutouts and was named First Team All-Centennial Conference and Third Team All-Region. Four other Bullets earned all-conference honors including senior goalie Christina Anderson, who broke the school record for shutouts (nine).

Behind a record-setting offense, the Bullets tied for fifth in the Centennial Conference, finishing 3-7 and 3-5 in conference play. Gettysburg, which lit up the scoreboard for a conference-leading 34.2 points per game, broke single-season school and Centennial Conference records for total offense (4,931 yards). The Bullets also established single-season school marks for passing yards (2,742), pass attempts (339), pass completions (201), and all-purpose yards (6,127). Leading the way was senior quarterback Matt Flynn, who became the conference's all-time leader in passing yards (7,921) and total offense (9,049 yards). He was joined by five other Bullets on the All-Centennial Conference Team, including four on the offensive side of the ball.

Women's Golf
The women's golf team began its quest to reclaim the Centennial title with an impressive fall season. Gettysburg golfers took top billing in three of four fall events, with junior Leah Tuscano winning twice and sophomore Caroline Nathan winning the McDaniel Fall Invitational. As a team, the Bullets won the McDaniel event and head into the spring on pace to shatter the school record for scoring average.

Men's Golf
The Bullets opened their 2009-10 season with five matches during the fall. The team posted its top finish at the Messiah Invitational, where they took third among 16 schools. Leading the way individually was freshman Austin Smith, who, in just his second collegiate round, won the Susquehanna Invitational, shooting a two-over-par 72.

Women's Soccer
After a pair of rebuilding years, the Bullets' women's soccer team finished with a winning record. Gettysburg went 9-7-1 this fall, including 4-4-1 in Centennial play to finish just one spot shy of a playoff berth. The stingy Bullet defense posted the fourth-longest scoreless streak in school history at over 418 minutes and finished with nine shutouts on the year. Senior co-captain Tara Gaston scored three-game winning goals during the season, including the overtime winner in a 1-0 decision at York (Pa.) College on Oct. 15, and she was one of three Bullets tabbed All-CC Honorable Mention. 

Men's Soccer
The men's soccer team turned in a winning campaign and just missed competing in the conference postseason following one of the most competitive seasons in Centennial history. Playing its traditionally challenging schedule, Gettysburg finished 8-7-2 overall and placed seventh in the league with a 4-5 mark. Highlighting the season was a 3-2 decision over nationally-ranked and eventual conference champion Johns Hopkins University on Oct. 28. Four Bullets copped All-Centennial Conference honors, including first-team pick Geoff Menge, who was tabbed all-league for a school-record fourth time.

Both tennis teams competed in the fall. The men's squad was led by senior Dale Beshore and freshman Chris Curran who teamed for a 3-1 record as the top doubles tandem and placed third at the Mount Saint Mary's Tournament. The Bullets also won their opening dual against Division II Shepherd University 9-0. The women's team split a pair of matches, opening the year with a 9-0 victory over Messiah College. Senior Kelly Eurich paced the team with a pair of singles wins.  

Gettysburg's volleyball team recorded its 32nd consecutive winning season in 2009. The Orange & Blue started the year by winning its first eight matches and finished 19-9 overall. The squad posted a 7-3 mark in the Centennial Conference to qualify for the postseason tournament, where it placed runner-up for the second consecutive season. A talent-laden senior class was led by setter Amanda Krampf, who finished third in program history in assists (3,860), fourth in digs (1,646), and earned all-conference accolades for the fourth time.

Contact: Sports Information Director Braden Snyder

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, 25 Nov 2009

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