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Miller named to Collegiate Baseball Watch list

TUCSON, Ariz. – Collegiate Baseball published its annual list of Division III Players to Watch for 2023 in its Jan. 6 edition and Gettysburg senior Kyle Miller (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) was among the names on the list. The outfielder was an honorable mention All-Centennial Conference (CC) selection in 2022. Starting all 36 games in which he appeared, Miller led the Bullets with a .374 batting average. He was also tied for the team lead with 55 hits. Miller added five doubles and two triples for a team-best .435 slugging percentage. He scored 32 runs and contributed 22 RBI. The list was chosen by Division III coaches across the country and compiled by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Gettysburg opens the season at Mary Washington on Monday, Feb. 20. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

Gettysburg College’s Cantrell named CC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week

LANCASTER, Pa. – Amy Cantrell (Hailey, Idaho/Wood River), a senior on the Gettysburg College women’s indoor track and field team, has been named the Centennial Conference (CC) Track Athlete of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-12. Cantrell led the Bullets at the season-opening Diplomat Open hosted by Franklin & Marshall on Friday, turning in a program-record time of 3:08.34 to finish second in the 1,000 meters. Cantrell’s time ranks third in the nation this indoor season.  She was also part of the 4×400-meter relay that placed fourth (4:27.59). Gettysburg returns to action at the Mini-Dip Invitational hosted by Franklin & Marshall on Friday, Jan. 27. Action begins at 2 p.m.

Gettysburg HS swimmer Sam Nelson commits to Gettysburg College

Sam Nelson, a senior at Gettysburg Area High School and last year’s YAIAA 500 freestyle champion, has committed to swim for Gettysburg College beginning in fall 2023. Nelson says his high school swim coach, Amanda Turner, is especially happy for him as she is a ’93 Gettysburg College grad and former Bullet swimmer. Congrats Sam!

NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament comes to GBG this weekend

The Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team will begin its trip to the NCAA Division III Championship on its own turf as the Bullets will host the first two rounds of the tournament at Clark Field on May 14-15. After winning its record 13th Centennial Conference championship and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs, Gettysburg (16-3) received a first-round bye in the NCAA bracket. The Bullets will await the winner between Colonial States Athletic Conference champion Bryn Athyn (11-2) and Roanoke College (14-4), which earned an at-large selection out of the Old Domination Athletic Conference. Bryn Athyn and Roanoke will meet on Clark Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. Gettysburg will be making its 20th appearance in the postseason since 2000. After the 2020 NCAA Tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic, the Bullets missed out on an at-large selection after finishing runner-up to Franklin & Marshall College in 2021. The team returned with a vengeance this spring, knocking off the Diplomats twice, including an 8-5 in the conference championship this past weekend. The Bullets have spent a large portion of their NCAA history on the home turf with 34 total games played. Gettysburg has hosted a first or second round game in each of their last 11 national playoff appearances and they have lost their NCAA opener only twice over the last 22 years. The Bullets rank fourth all-time with 38 national playoff victories and they have won three national titles in 2011, 2017, and 2018. Gettysburg has never faced Bryn Athyn. The Bullets are 2-0 against Roanoke, including a 15-6 win over the Maroons in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Games are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. but subject to change.

Gettysburg College Head Baseball Coach John Campo announces retirement

After coaching nearly 1,500 baseball and football games and overseeing the development of thousands of student-athletes at Gettysburg College, baseball coach John Campo has announced his retirement following the conclusion of the 2022 campaign. Campo, who spent 36 of his 37 years at Gettysburg at the helm of the baseball program, leaves as the program’s all-time leader in victories with 644. His decision to retire did not come lightly, and was predicated on the development of his team this season following two disrupted campaigns as a result of the pandemic. “Before I made this decision, I wanted to make sure things were back to normal and that the program was in good shape and on solid ground, and headed in the right direction,” stated Campo. “I’ve made the decision that this is the right time for me to move on because I believe those things are in place right now. “I also wanted to make sure that I have an opportunity to enjoy time with my wife and my family,” he continued. “I wanted to make sure I have opportunities to spend plenty of time with them and do things with them that if I was still coaching I wouldn’t have.” Campo’s name has become synonymous with Bullets baseball and his path to Gettysburg seemed destined thanks to a relationship with former head football coach Barry Streeter that dates back nearly five decades. Campo was a football player at the University of Delaware and Streeter was a graduate assistant with the Blue Hens before arriving in Gettysburg as the defensive coordinator in 1975. As an assistant football coach at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in King’s Point, N.Y., Campo ran into the Bullets twice in 1983 and 1984 and it wasn’t long after that an opening materialized on Coach Streeter’s football staff, one Campo was quick to jump on. “I remember every time I would come down here I would say what a beautiful place,” recalled Campo. “It was the middle of the summer and a position opened up and Gettysburg was looking for a defensive coordinator in football. So Coach Streeter called me and asked me if I would be interested in coming here and I said absolutely.” Campo’s debut year at Gettysburg was memorable with the football team going unbeaten (9-0-1) during the regular season and advancing to the NCAA Division III semifinals. As the assistant baseball coach alongside Gene Hummel ’49, Campo helped the team claim the Middle Atlantic Conference championship, the program’s first in 24 years. Following the 1986 season, Hummel retired and Director of Athletics Bob Hulton opted to move Campo into the head coaching role. For the next 22 years, Campo would balance his duties as defensive coordinator and head baseball coach, sliding in elements of each sport across the lines to make the student-athletes better in every conceivable way on the field. “It has always intrigued me how coach brings that football mindset to the baseball diamond,” said Cory Beddick class of ‘2010, currently the head baseball coach at Washington College. “Coach felt that it was his job to make sure the players were prepared for every play and if a play happened in the game that we didn’t practice, coach took responsibility for it. As a team, we were always prepared for every situation that could occur.” In Campo’s first season at the helm of the baseball program, the Bullets once again captured the Middle Atlantic Conference crown. The following year, 1988, Gettysburg won a then-school record 28 games and marched into the NCAA playoffs for the first time since 1962. Over the course of his three-plus decades, Campo led the Bullets to a multitude of conference playoff games, several 30-win seasons, and a bevy of postseason accolades. He was twice named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year (2013, 2014) and he coached nearly 100 all-conference selections and three Academic All-Americans. Despite those lofty accomplishments, Campo’s focus has never been on the end results. He wanted his players to focus on the holistic college experience and develop a strong work ethic to hone and finely tune the little things that would make them better not only on the diamond, but also in their extracurricular and professional endeavors. “I’ve always been more about the process because I think the wins and losses take care of themselves,” said Campo, who also served as facilities coordinator within the Department of Athletics. “I’ve always been about the process of building a competitive team starting with talent evaluation, individual preparation, team preparation, and then competition itself. What I’ve tried to impart with the players is to work hard, do their best and take care of the little things, and then the big things will take care of themselves.” “Coach’s style has always been about 1) the fundamentals; 2) always putting the team’s goals first; and 3) focusing on hard work and competition in practice,” said former assistant coach Chase Straub, class of 2007. “He cared a lot about giving everyone a fair shot. Coach took the time to get to know not only you, but your family as well. We have had some great turnouts to alumni games in years past and that shows the lasting impact he’s made.” Whether they were former Bullets or hailed from other institutions, the assistant coaches working alongside Campo were given every opportunity to grow into their roles as they helped the program achieve its goals. Campo wanted his players to enjoy their four years as collegiate baseball players and he wanted the same for his assistant coaches during their stay in Gettysburg. “It has been my privilege and honor to coach alongside Coach Campo,” said current associate baseball coach Justin Perry. “I can’t thank Coach Campo enough for giving me this opportunity. Besides coaching and working with him, he has taught me numerous lessons on and off the field. He has been a great mentor and an even better friend.” “The way Coach treats his assistant coaches, empowering them, developing them, and caring for their future is something that I try to emulate as well,” said Beddick. “Finally, and on a lighter note, coach also taught me that coffee was a necessity for the job.” It wasn’t just the young, up-and-coming coaches that sought Campo’s advice and mentorship. Many coaching veterans from the local area joined up with the Gettysburg coach through the years, adding their own unique perspectives to game strategy and helping Campo develop the Bullets into an annual playoff contender. “It was the best coaching experience I’ve had,” recalled Lee Rentzel, who spent two decades as Gettysburg’s pitching coach after a distinguished coaching career at nearby New Oxford High School. “Working with John was a great pleasure. We’ve become great friends and one thing about John is he’s loyal, and I mean to everybody. It didn’t’ matter if it was the 30th guy on the team or the first, everyone knew where they stood.” Campo’s coaching career can be defined by the long-lasting relationships on and off the field, and the dedication and loyalty he showed to student-athletes and colleagues alike. One such relationship that stands out is the one he developed with the late Ray Reider ’53. Reider was a fixture in athletics for nearly seven decades, first as an undergraduate student and then later as a coach and physical education instructor. He shared an office with Campo when the latter joined the staff in 1985 and the pair developed a close relationship. Reider passed away in 2016 and shortly after, Campo oversaw the addition of a memorial plaque on the side of the Bullets’ dugout to honor his friend and colleague. “When I came to Gettysburg in 1997, my dad was getting to the end of his career,” said Steve Reider, Ray’s son and a former football and baseball assistant coach under Campo. “Campo said I want to have your dad come along on the Florida trip with us and be an extra set of hands there. “Everybody was valued, and your role and contribution was valued. The people in the equipment room, the person that cleaned the locker room – John made sure the players knew who those people were by name. All those relationships were really important to him. That was part of the culture that he created.” Campo’s legacy extends well beyond the borders of campus and the relationships with student-athletes and his coaching colleagues. He has remained invested in the local community, watching and helping his sons through their own sports careers and coaching the Biglerville Post 262 American Legion Team from 2008 and 2011. In 2007, he was inducted into the Adams County Sports Hall of Fame. One of Campo’s lasting legacies was the creation of Take ALS Yard in 2013. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, profoundly impacted the Gettysburg baseball family. In late 2014, Bill ’63 and Jean ’64 Kirchhoff, namesakes of the baseball field, lost their son Tommy to the disease and not long after, Robert Borman P’05, father of former Bullets baseball player Rob Borman ’05, also succumbed to ALS. Take ALS Yard has emerged as one of the top annual fundraisers across campus and has totaled over $130,000 to support Project ALS. “I was very fortunate that Coach exposed me to all of the behind the scenes things that are required of coaches at our level,” noted said Westfield State University head baseball coach Nathan Bashaw ’03. “Seeing how much he cared about Gettysburg College and the athletic department spoke volumes to me about how important it is to have a bigger perspective beyond your own program.” While he watched his student-athletes and assistant coaches grow and develop into college graduates, head coaches, and professionals, Campo’s own family was growing within the Gettysburg community. His oldest son, Mark, was two months old when they arrived on campus and eventually earned a degree while playing both football and baseball for his father. Campo’s two other sons, Danny and Zach, worked on the college campus and all three spent large portions of their formative years running through the hallways of the athletic center, on practice fields, working as ball boys and bat boys during football and baseball games, and sitting in the stands at numerous sporting events. “It’s a great place to work, a great area for our family to live, and I felt a great place for our kids to grow up,” said Campo. “So in many ways, we are very much at Gettysburg family and we couldn’t have been happier with the way it worked out.” Through all the years, Campo’s rock has been his wife Regina. Regina began working at the College in the mid-90s and worked her way up the ladder in the Office of Human Resources, eventually retiring as Director two years ago. With Campo fulfilling his obligations as a two-sport coach for many years, Regina provided the support he needed behind the scenes. “I owe so much to Regina for handling a lot of things that allowed me to pursue this career,” said Campo. “My biggest thank you is to my wife and my boys too. There were times when I couldn’t be at certain things because of my coaching obligations. So the biggest thing is the support I’ve always had from my family, and I’ll always be grateful for that.” On his final day in the dugout as head coach, there was no retirement announcement or celebration. People may have had an inkling that this could be the final hurrah, but Campo wanted nothing to detract from his team’s goals that day, which were celebrating the seniors and going out to the field and pulling off two wins over Ursinus College. The Bullets did both, sending their leader into retirement with a 10-2 victory in the nightcap. A national search will soon begin for the next head coach of the baseball team. “John is a man of principle and consistent character who has always cared deeply about the players he coached, and believed strongly in the life lessons that competitive athletics teaches,” said Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Mattia. “John’s teams always competed with class, integrity, and respect which was a reflection on who he is as a coach and mentor. He has been a staple in the athletic department, and he will certainly be missed.” Campo’s future will be full of family and friends, especially watching his grandchildren Mia and Mitch grow, following his daughter-in-law and former Gettysburg softball coach Samantha Campo’s team at Ursinus College, and watching his beloved Mets and Giants compete among the professional ranks. The Orange and Blue will never be far from his thoughts, however, and he’ll head off into retirement knowing the program and the people he leaves behind will be in good hands because of the standards he has set. “I’m going to miss the daily interactions with my staff and my players,” said the coach. “I’m going to miss the games and the competition. I’m going to miss watching a team and individual players develop. It’s very, very gratifying to me to know that in some way, they found something positive out of their time and their experience here and to me, that’s a very rewarding thing about my job.” “I need to thank four people in particular that are responsible for my being here. First is Barry Streeter, who was the Head Football Coach at the time as well as Bob Hulton, the athletic director, Gene Hummel the baseball coach, and Frank Williams, who was the Dean of Educational Services and ultimately approved my hiring. “Any success that I have had as a Head Coach is directly related to the outstanding players, too many for me to mention here, and Assistant Coaches that I have had over the years. “I’ve had many great assistants starting with Dick Hartranft who was my first assistant coach when I became the head coach in 1987. He and I were the only two coaches and we had a good amount of success in those first few years. I owe a tremendous amount of thanks to Lee Rentzel, who was my pitching coach for 20 years. We had many outstanding seasons and fond memories from all of those years together. “Justin Perry handles so many things that made my job so much easier, and he’s done a great job as our pitching coach. He succeeded Lee as our pitching coach and has been my associate coach for the last 7 years and as I said, he just handles so many things behind the scenes that has allowed me to focus on other duties.” “Obviously three of my former players, two of whom have become college head coaches, who served as full time assistant coaches and recruiters in Nate Bashaw, Cory Beddick, and Chase Straub and there are a number of other great assistants that I’ve had over the years like Ryan Martin, Jon Ramsey, CJ Winpigler, Andrew Hirsch, Jeff Ebert, Brooks Slotterback, Grant Shives, Andy Chrismer and Wayne Mickley. They all did outstanding jobs as well as my current assistants Dennis Burmeister, Steve Lydon and Tom O’Driscoll. I’ve also had outstanding assistants in baseball from several of my football colleagues in Steve Reider, Darrell Alt, John Schmidt, Brian Wilkinson, Chris Jordan, Ryan Anderson, Mike Faustino, and Derek Brower, and Ryan McNamee. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to all of these men. Also our team ATC for the last 13 years Lindsey Manning, who spends so much time caring for the physical health and well-being of our baseball athletes”. “I’m also thankful for the friendship I had with Ray Reider, class of 1953 who passed away in 2016. Coach Reider and I shared an office together when I first came here as Assistant Football coaches and we remained close over the years after his retirement. He was always around our baseball program and was a fixture in the dugout at home games and on our annual Florida trip. His help on those trips was invaluable. His son Steve eventually become one of my Assistant coaches and I will always remember him with great fondness.” “I am grateful for all of our support staff people over the years from athletic communications, athletic training, facilities and grounds, dining services, housekeeping, and in particular our equipment manager for all these years Kelly Jones. These are all people that I owe a tremendous amount of thanks to because they helped make the operation run smoothly. There’s no way things could function as well as they did without the outstanding work from these people. “Finally, I owe a deep debt of gratitude to all the athletic directors that I’ve worked for, starting with Bob Hulton, Chuck Winters, Dave Wright, and now Mike Mattia. All of them have been very supportive of our baseball program over the years and I’ve always been given the things that we’ve needed to operate a good, solid, competitive program that gave our players a strong athletic experience.”

Men’s Lacrosse: 10th-ranked Bullets Force Generals into Full Retreat

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Junior Aidan Wykoff (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) tossed in three goals, senior Scott MacMillan (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) made 11 saves, and 10th-ranked Gettysburg College (5-1) forced 22 turnovers in a 10-6 decision over Washington and Lee University (3-4) at Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium on Tuesday. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Lacrosse: Carol Cantele ’83 Heads Out for One Last Dance

For over three decades, Carol Cantele ’83 has been looking ahead at the next great opportunity on the lacrosse field, all the while metaphorically and sometimes literally dancing alongside her student-athletes and colleagues on the sidelines. Cantele will keep her dancing shoes on for one final hurrah at the helm of the Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team as the Hall of Fame coach has announced her retirement following the conclusion of the 2022 campaign.   The decision did not come easy for Cantele, who has bled orange and blue since her days as a student-athlete under coaching legend Lois Bowers and then later as head coach of the lacrosse and field hockey programs.   “I have loved this career and have given it my all, my very best,” said Cantele, who is in the midst of her 30th season at Gettysburg. “The time is right to pass on the whistle for another unproven young coach to experience the growth, development, relationships and challenges that this amazing profession affords. There is no better place than to experience these joys than at this incredible place called Gettysburg College.”   Cantele’s passion for Gettysburg began in the fall of 1979 as a freshman sweeper for Bowers and the field hockey program. Thirteen years later, she took over for her mentor and lifted both of those programs to new heights on the way to becoming a legendary leader of young women in the Division III landscape.   “I am eternally grateful for former athletic director, Chuck Winters for hiring me in the fall of 1992 and taking a risk with a young inexperienced coach,” recalled Cantele. “In those early years I had great mentorship from incredible coaches at Gettysburg which continue today. The support and leadership from former Executive Director of Athletics David Wright, former Vice President Barbara Fritze and former President Janet Riggs ’77 made coming to work each day a joy and their vision for the institution was unparalleled.”   “It is impossible to measure the positive impact that Carol has had on decades of Gettysburg women’s lacrosse players over the course of her hall of fame career,” said Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mike Mattia. “Not only do her teams have tremendous success on the field, but they also excel in the classroom, are involved in different clubs and campus organizations, and are involved in community service. She has been able to provide her players a playbook for success in all aspects of their lives well beyond graduation.”   Cantele poses with former College President Janet Riggs ’77after Gettysburg won the NCAA championship in 2011. Cantele has few coaching equals in the sport of lacrosse. Over her three decades with the Bullets, the team has won nearly 80 percent of its contests with Cantele compiling a record of 431-112. The Bullets have been to the NCAA Division III playoffs 19 times since 2000, including a stretch of 18 consecutive appearances from 2002-19. In 2011, Gettysburg claimed the institution’s first-ever NCAA Division III title by defeating Bowdoin 16-5. The Bullets repeated as national champions in 2017 and 2018, beating The College of New Jersey and Middlebury College, respectively. Cantele led Gettysburg to the first of its conference record 12 Centennial Conference championships in 2000.   Prior to arriving in Gettysburg, the Delaware County native was the head coach at Plymouth State University where she went 24-23 with the lacrosse team. In 34 years as a head coach, she has accumulated 455 victories, leaving her third all-time behind Hall of Famers Sharon Pfluger (541) and Cindy Timchal (535) among NCAA coaches.   Cantele, who also serves as Gettysburg’s Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Director of Athletics, compiled a school-record 121 coaching victories and five conference championships in 10 seasons with the Bullets’ field hockey program. Barb Jordan has coached alongside Cantele as an assistant lacrosse coach since succeeding her at the field hockey helm in 2002.   “When I first arrived at Gettysburg we were colleagues, but we quickly became great friends through mutual experiences and background, and our love for coaching,” said Jordan. “We have shared a lot of highs and lows together, both professionally and personally, and she has helped me become a better person. I can only hope I have had half the influence on her, as she has had on me. I am so grateful to have been a part of her program and life over the last 20 years. It has been a blast.”   Cantele hasn’t had much time for reflection on the past and numerous successes she has achieved, always maintaining a “live in the moment, prepare for the future” approach to life. She doesn’t rest on past laurels and that has made her engagement with student-athletes before, during, and after their college experiences intimate and meaningful in unparalleled ways beyond the field of play.   “I am most proud of the relationships that have been built through this program,” Cantele stated. “Not only have our players developed lifelong friendships, but our parents have continued to stay in touch with one another and continue to support the program. I am so grateful and proud of these special relationships with my players, coaches, alumnae, and parents that I am confident will continue. I am so proud of the incredible women within this program and the lives that they are leading now. Their impact on me has been immeasurable and I know that I have learned as much from them as I hope they have learned from me.”   Outside of the student-athletes, Cantele has guided and developed young and aspiring women through the coaching ranks throughout her tenure. Many of her past assistants went straight into head coaching jobs after Gettysburg, including Kristen Stuckel ’95 at Muhlenberg College and Kate Fowler at Washington College.   “It’s challenging coaching against Carol,” said Stuckel, who also played for Cantele on the field hockey and lacrosse teams. “It’s a bittersweet thing to coach against one of your mentors. I think what makes a great mentor is it’s somebody that will not give you the answers, but will help you find your own answers and that’s what she does. She listens, she supports, she inspires, she speaks with action, and those are all great things she continues to give to lacrosse and to everybody’s lives that she’s touched.”   Current assistant coach Charlotte Cunningham is in the midst of her fourth season with the Bullets and has seen the team battle through the highs of winning a conference title in 2019 to having its 2020 and 2021 seasons impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through it all, Cantele has guided the student-athletes and her coaching staff through the rollercoaster ride with a unique style of her own making.   “What I think sets Carol apart is her passion and authenticity,” said Cunningham. “She’s passionate about people, and prioritizes relationships over everything. She makes people feel valued and heard. She is unapologetically herself and has so much passion for the game, for the team, for her family, and for life that seeps into the players and has become engrained into what makes Gettysburg lacrosse such a special program to be a part of.”     Cantele has been named Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Coach of the Year four times (2006, 2011, 2017, 2018) and Metro Region Coach of the Year 10 times. Her players dot the national lists on an annual basis with 64 All-America citations from the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse over the last 29 years. Additionally, eight Bullets have been named IWLCA Division III Player of the Year at their respective positions. In 2018, Steph Colson ’18 was lauded as the inaugural NCAA Division III Player of the Year. Cantele has also coached 112 all-region selections, 15 conference players of the year, 156 all-conference honorees, three Academic All-Americans, and two Elite 89 Award winners.   Her commitment to the sport has been recognized many times in her three-plus decades. In 2009, she was awarded the Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), given to those individuals who have provided outstanding leadership and commitment to colleagues and student-athletes in intercollegiate athletics. In the fall of 2016, she was given the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award, one of the highest honors given by the IWLCA. The award recognizes lifetime achievement to the women’s college game.   Cantele also served as head coach of the U.S. Developmental Team and she served as an assistant coach with Team USA during its run to the gold medal at the 2013 World Cup.   “The wins are important and significant, but what she truly cares about is providing a positive experience and helping each athlete reach their full potential on and off the field,” noted Jordan. “She is committed to guiding each athlete to become the best version of themselves. She challenges her athletes and holds them to high expectations because she believes in them and always wants what is best for them, and they believe in her. Her legacy and impact at Gettysburg and in the lacrosse world will be long lasting.”   This past fall Cantele was one of three new inductees into the IWLCA Hall of Fame, further cementing her legacy as one of the all-time greats. It was a fitting tribute to decades of hard work and passion for the game and to the institution she loves dearly. Former student-athletes that are now in the coaching ranks and a handful of past and current co-workers among the athletics staff were on hand for the special moment, including her husband and long-time Gettysburg athletic trainer Mike Cantele ’88.   “I have spent 30 incredible years doing the job that I love alongside my husband,” said Cantele. “How incredibly blessed I have been, and how thankful I am for my family to have supported me and allowed me to pursue this game I love so much. In addition, working alongside Barb Jordan for the past 20 years has been an honor as she is an incredible teacher of the game and more importantly of life. I’m also extremely grateful for the support and impact made from Charlotte over the last four years.”   The search for the next great coach of the women’s lacrosse program will start in late April with the hiring process wrapping up in early summer. In five decades as a varsity sport, Gettysburg’s women’s lacrosse program has seen only three mentors – Grace Kenney, Bowers, and Cantele.   “I can only hope that I have made my former coach, Lois Bowers proud and continued her outstanding legacy,” said Cantele. “Many of my coaching decisions were made by asking, ‘What would Mrs. B do in this situation?’  I literally have walked with her keys in my hand for the past 30 seasons and I am confident that the next coach holding her keys will make even a greater impact on the program!”   “We will be conducting a national search soon to find our next head coach and begin a new era for the women’s lacrosse program,” noted Mattia. “While Carol is irreplaceable, our goal is to carry on the legacy of success Carol has established, and continue to compete at a national level striving for Centennial Conference and national championships.”          While the search for a new lacrosse coach will begin soon, Cantele remains steadfast and determined to lead Gettysburg to its goals in 2022. After missing the NCAA playoffs in 2021 due to a shortened season, the Bullets are intent on resuming their place among the national elite. Voted 10th in the national preseason poll, Gettysburg has already flown up the national ranks to No. 2 and has beaten three programs ranked in the top 12 in the country.   “The squad has set challenging yet attainable goals and thus far they are positioning themselves well to accomplish them,” Cantele stated. “They want to play deep into May and I look forward to being right by their side and watch their joy of obtaining their goals. Coach Cunningham, Coach Jordan and the entire 2022 squad is totally invested in the mission of the program. We will #BRINGIT each and every day!”   As always, Cantele’s decision to announce her retirement now came with the importance of her past, present, and future relationships at the forefront of her mind. She did not want to mislead anyone about her own future, while making sure the future of women’s lacrosse remains bright and exciting for all future Bullets.   “I am embracing these finals months with the team and the Gettysburg lacrosse family and will walk my talk of ‘being where my feet are’ – living in the here and now and being thankful for each and every day,” said the DelCo native. “While my time as a head coach is coming to an end, my association with and support of Gettysburg women’s lacrosse and Gettysburg athletics certainly is not. I am forever a BULLET and will continue to bleed Orange and Blue. This has been a joy of a lifetime.” This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Basketball: Centennial Conference Announces Winter Academic Awards

Academic All-Centennial Team | Academic Honor Roll  LANCASTER, Pa. – The Centennial Conference announced its academic awards for the winter sports seasons and 59 Gettysburg College student-athletes earned a spot on the Academic Honor Roll, while seven were named Academic All-Centennial.   To be nominated for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing and have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher. Members of the Academic All-Centennial Team made both the Academic Honor Roll and the all-conference team in their respective sports.   Most of the Academic All-Centennial selections came from the pool with three student-athletes each from the men’s and women’s swimming programs. On the men’s side, senior Duncan Proxmire (McLean, Va./Langley) earned his second career Academic All-Centennial distinction and was joined by classmate Oliver Pickering (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) and sophomore Luke McKenna (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford). Pickering was also recognized as the CC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s swimming. Proxmire was the gold medalist in the 1,650 free and placed second in the 500 free, while Pickering was the silver medalist in the 200 fly. McKenna finished right behind Proxmire in the 1,650 to earn his first all-conference selection.   The three women selected Academic All-Centennial were senior Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) and juniors Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard). All three were first-time honorees. Wojnar won the 200 backstroke for the second time in her career and also swam with Manning on the runner-up 800-free relay team. Gorman earned all-conference notice as a member of the 400 medley relay.   Gettysburg’s final Academic All-Centennial selection was junior Eric Mougalian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon). Mougalian earned his first award after winning the conference title at 149 pounds and being named Most Outstanding Performer at the CC Championship.   The following student-athletes were named to the CC Academic Honor Roll this winter (bold indicates Academic All-Centennial):   Name Sport Class Hometown/High School Antonello Baggi Men’s Basketball So. Cremona, Italy/West Deptford (N.J.) Jack Rooney Men’s Basketball Sr. Chatham, NJ/Chatham Josh Russell Men’s Basketball Jr. Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington Noah Albanese Men’s Indoor Track So. Castleton on Hudson, N.Y./Maple Hill Casey Deck Men’s Indoor Track So. York, Pa./Hempfield Connor Elliott Men’s Indoor Track Jr. Media, Pa./Salesianum Caden Giordano Men’s Indoor Track Jr. Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic Henry Goodson Men’s Indoor Track Sr. Staunton, Va./Robert E. Lee Will Hopkins Men’s Indoor Track Sr. Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton Arthur Keegan Men’s Indoor Track So. Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame Charles Norelli Men’s Indoor Track Sr. Allentown, Pa./Emmaus Matt Weller Men’s Indoor Track Sr. Westminster, Md./Winters Mill Brian Berry Men’s Swimming Sr. Canton, Conn./Canton Charlie Cross Men’s Swimming So. Charlottesville, Va./ Albemarle Benjamin Fox Men’s Swimming So. Howard Beach, N.Y./ Scholars’ Academy Luke McKenna Men’s Swimming So. Collegevile, Pa./ Spring-Ford Senior Jack Murphy Men’s Swimming So. Potamac, Md./ Winston Churchill Sam Nonemaker Men’s Swimming Sr. Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg Oliver Pickering Men’s Swimming Sr. Millburn, N.J/Millburn Duncan Proxmire Men’s Swimming Sr. McLean, Va./Langley Hunter Sundlun Men’s Swimming So. Richmond, Va./ Saint Christophers School Christian Tolino Men’s Swimming Sr. New Market, Md./Oakdale Conor Vienneau Men’s Swimming So. Newburg, Md./ LaPlata Meghan Barbera Women’s Basketball Jr. Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin Hannah Sauve Women’s Basketball So. Enola, Pa./Cumberland Valley Amanda Addesso Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire Jessica Alessi Women’s Indoor Track Sr. Schoharie, N.Y./Ichabod Crane Ashlyn Booher Women’s Indoor Track Sr. Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs Amy Cantrell Women’s Indoor Track Sr. Hailey, Idaho/Wood River Stephanie Chaga Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Aston, Pa./Widener University Holly Ferrara Women’s Indoor Track So. Holland, Pa./ Council Rock South Rachel Fischler Women’s Indoor Track So. Avon, Conn./Avon Giovanna Komst Women’s Indoor Track So. Londonderry, N.H./ Londonderry Georgia Larzelere Women’s Indoor Track Sr. Medford, N.J./Shawnee Anna Lopez Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Medford, N.J./Shawnee Lilian Morrell   Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Frederick, Md./Urbana Rachel Nori Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Avon, Conn./Avon Emily O’Hara Women’s Indoor Track So. Chester Springs, Pa./ Downingtown Lauren O’Neil Women’s Indoor Track So. Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe Anna Pienkos Women’s Indoor Track Sr. North Haven, Conn./Sacred Heart Julia Piness Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Chatham, N.J./Chatham Claira Royce Women’s Indoor Track So. Canton N.Y./Hugh C. Williams Alexa Schauder Women’s Indoor Track So. Cedar Knolls, N.J./Whippany Park Julia Wert Women’s Indoor Track Jr. Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin Caitlin Yap Women’s Indoor Track Sr. Wayne, N.J./Morris Catholic Grace Bobeck Women’s Swimming Jr. Allentown, Pa. / Salisbury Annabel Gorman Women’s Swimming Jr. Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown Lauren Manning Women’s Swimming Jr. West Hartford, Conn./Conard Mia Martinez Women’s Swimming So. Point Lookout, N.Y/ Sacred Heart Academy Angie Patarini Women’s Swimming So. Pittsburgh, Pa./ Lincoln Park Perf Arts Charter Isabel Williams Women’s Swimming So. Princeton Junction, N.J./ West Windsor-Plainsboro Natalie Wisniewski Women’s Swimming So. Summit, N.J./ Summit Megan Wojnar Women’s Swimming Sr. Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan Mason Canonico Wrestling Sr. Kailua, Hawaii/ Punahou Eric Chambers Wrestling Sr. Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East Jake Dressler Wrestling So. Nazareth, Pa./ Nazarath Area Cooper Leszczuk Wrestling Jr. The Village of Indian Hill. O.H./Indian Hill Eric Mougalian Wrestling Jr. Kinnelon, N.J./ Kinnelon Jake Stein Wrestling Jr. Basking Ridge, N.J./ Ridge This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Wrestling: Kowalski Concludes Season at D3 Nationals

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Sophomore Luke Kowalski (Derwood, Md./Saint John’s College) started his first national appearance with a bang by earning a second-period pin over a top-10 ranked wrestler, but the Gettysburg College grappler was upended in his next two bouts to end his run at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships held inside the Alliant Energy Powerhouse on Friday.   Matched up with eighth-ranked Tyler Fleetwood from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in the first round, Kowalski gave up an early takedown and nearly gave up his back before rolling through to his stomach. Fleetwood managed to pick up a quick near-fall to take a 4-0 lead into the second period.   Working from the top position, Kowalski worked Fleetwood down to the mat and eventually managed to turn his opponent with less than 40 seconds to go. The maneuver resulted in a pin fall and sent the Gettysburg grappler into the quarterfinals.   Kowalski was paired with the odds-on favorite for the 133 title in his next match, Robbie Precin from North Central College. The two-time All-American entered the bout as the top-ranked wrestler in the country and was unbeaten at 35-0 following an opening-round 10-5 decision over 10th-ranked Josh Wilson from Greensboro College. Precin opened up with a quick takedown and turned Kowalski to the mat twice for a pair of near-falls in the opening period. The top-seeded wrestler managed two more takedowns and an escape en route to a 16-0 technical fall.   Zach Thompson from the University of Wisonsin-Platteville awaited Kowalski in the second round of the wrestleback. Thompson had dropped his opening match by major decision against No. 2 Dalton Rohrbaugh from York (Pa.) College, but he bounced back with a 3-2 win over Zach Levey from SUNY Brockport.   Both wrestlers needed the victory to clinch a spot on the podium and All-America honors and it was Kowalski who jumped in front with a quick takedown. Thompson turned the tide at the end of the match, finally escaping Kowalski’s clutches and spinning back for a takedown just before time expired to take a 3-2 lead.   Kowalski was called for stalling twice in the second period and Thompson turned the Bullet sophomore toward the mat for a near-fall and a 9-2 lead. In the third period, Thompson scored an opening takedown and maintained control of Kowalski for most of the remaining time. Kowalski escaped in the final 10 seconds and was caught diving for a single on Thompson in the final seconds of the 14-3 loss.   Kowalski was making his first national appearance after Gettysburg’s season was cancelled in 2020-21. The sophomore was the Bullets’ first national qualifier since his older brother Colin ’19 took the stage in both 2018 and 2019. The younger Kowalski closed out the year with an impressive 31-9 overall record along with 12 pins and eight major decisions. He was also named the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year and claimed the individual 133-pound title at the Messiah University Invitational.  Match ScoresLuke Kowalski pinned #8 Tyler Fleetwood (Wis.-Eau Claire), 4:26 #1 Robbie Precin (North Central) tech. fall Luke Kowalski, 16-0 (5:31) Zach Thompson (Wis.-Platteville) major dec. Luke Kowalski, 14-3 This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Softball: Softball Adds Cedar Crest, Cancels Randolph-Macon

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – After seeing its last three games at the Fastpitch Dreams Classic cancelled due to weather, the Gettysburg College softball tracked down one final foe to close out its spring trip. The Bullets will take on Cedar Crest College on Friday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m. Unfortunately, inclement weather has already cancelled the team’s anticipated matchup with Randolph-Macon College slated for Saturday afternoon.  This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Wrestling: Kowalski Ready to Let It Fly at D3 Nationals

NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship Website  GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sophomore Luke Kowalski (Derwood, Md./Saint John’s College Prep) has turned in an outstanding season in an orange and blue singlet and will have the opportunity to shine on the brightest stage of all during his first trip to the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championship on March 11-12 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   Kowalski will be Gettysburg College’s lone representative at the national event and earned his bid with a third-place finish at 133 pounds at the Southeast Regional Championship on Feb. 26. The sophomore has compiled an impressive 30-7 overall record with 11 pins and eight major decisions this season.   “Luke has worked extremely hard,” said Head Coach Gino Frank. “He has battled a nagging shoulder injury and his weight-cut started to become taxing. He has been working out on a regular basis with assistant coach Rustin Barrick, who was an NCAA national qualifier for Division I Bucknell at 174 lbs. That describes how hard he is willing to work to accomplish his goals.”   Frank is in his second year at the helm of the program and Kowalski is his first national qualifier as head coach with the Bullets not competing last season. He has coached an additional six national qualifiers as the assistant coach from 2007 to 2020, including Luke’s older brother Colin. Colin was a two-time qualifier in 2018 and 2019 and finished fourth in program history with 109 victories. As a matter of fact, the older Kowalski was Gettysburg’s last national qualifier before Luke clinched his spot two weeks ago.   “Colin’s experiences have definitely helped to motivate Luke,” noted Frank. “He saw how his brother was able to achieve success and has believed from the start that he can have those successes as well.”   “Colin and Luke were completely different wrestlers in their styles,” he added. “Colin was a very controlled wrestler who methodically dismantled his opponents. Luke likes to let it fly and scramble to attack his opponents.”   The younger Kowalski, who was the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year, has finished among the top four at six different events this season. He won the Messiah University Invitational to start his collegiate career and finished third at the CC Championship. He has tangled with a handful of national qualifiers already, including Josh Wilson from Greensboro College, David Massey from University of Mount Union, and Dalton Rohrbaugh from York (Pa.) College. Kowalski also wrestled Corey Gamet from Lake Erie College, who qualified for the Division II tournament.   The Gettysburg sophomore has twice wrestled Rohrbaugh, who enters the championship as the No. 2 seed overall. In the last meeting in the semifinals of the regional championship, the York grappler pulled out a narrow 7-4 victory.   Kowalski heads into the championship event unseeded. He’ll face eighth-seeded Tyler Fleetwood from Wisconsin-Eau Claire in his opening match on Friday. With 18 wrestlers in the bracket, two wins would slide Kowalski into Saturday’s final day and earn him a spot on the podium as an All-American.   Gettysburg’s last All-American was heavyweight Paul Triandafilou ’19 in 2016. The Bullets have not had an All-American under 150 pounds since Bob Ortenzio ’79 finished third in 1979.   “He has to trust his training and relax,” said Frank. “We usually tell him a joke before he goes out to wrestle to get him to relax a little. He needs to focus on his attacks and not concern himself with his opponent’s strategies.”   The action kicks off with preliminary rounds at noon on Friday. Following the completion of the first session, competition will resume at 7 p.m. on the opening day. Saturday’s start times are 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. for the remaining segments. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Basketball: Close Named All-CC First Team, Schaller Top Rookie

2021-22 All-Centennial Conference Men’s Basketball Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior forward Avery Close (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) was named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team and freshman guard Carl Schaller (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley) was tagged the conference’s top rookie according to an announcement by the league office on Tuesday, March 1.   Close seized his first postseason award and was named Gettysburg’s first All-CC First Team honoree since Cody Kiefer ’17 in 2016-17. The 6-6 forward finished ninth in the conference with a team-leading 12.9 points per game and added 5.4 rebounds per game. He shot 47.9 percent from the floor, 32.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 75 percent at the charity stripe. Close put up double-figure points in 10 of his last 15 games, including a career-high 27-point effort at Washington College. He also posted 23 points against No. 12 Johns Hopkins University and closed his career with 22 points against No. 18 Swarthmore College in the semifinals of the conference tournament.   Close, who took a gap year in 2020-21 to return for one final run with the Bullets this season, finished his career with 986 points, 478 rebounds, and 75 blocked shots. He averaged 10.4 points per game over 95 appearances and 70 starts.   Schaller was voted as the conference’s top rookie by the league’s head coaches. The freshman guard recorded double-figures in 15 contests with a season high of 21 coming in a win over Muhlenberg College on Jan. 29. He averaged 11.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game, while shooting 45.4 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from three-point land. Schaller ranked seventh in the league in both three-point percentage and minutes per game (30.7). He was Gettysburg’s first CC Rookie of the Year since Kiefer in 2013-14.   Additionally, senior Jack Rooney (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) earned a spot on the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. A team captain, Rooney appeared in 23 games and averaged four points per game in addition to hitting 19 three-pointers.   Gettysburg finished 15-10 this season, including 12-8 in conference play. The Bullets qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2016 despite featuring a roster with only four players that had significant playing time coming into the year.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Track: DiOttavio Grabs Bronze at CC Indoor Championship

Results COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Freshman Lauren DiOttavio (Romansville, Pa./Downingtown West) finished third with the second-fastest time in program history in the 60-meter dash and Gettysburg College took eighth place in the team standings at the Centennial Conference Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Ursinus College on Feb. 26-27. Team Standings Place Team Score 1 Johns Hopkins 343 2 Swarthmore 87 3 Dickinson 72 4 Franklin & Marshall 67 5 Ursinus 37 6 Haverford 35 7 McDaniel 32 8 Gettysburg 29 9 Bryn Mawr 19 10 Muhlenberg 18    Gettysburg’s Top Performers Lauren DiOttavio ’25 60-Meter Dash: 3rd (8.12; 8.11 in prelims – 2nd in program history) 200-Meter Dash: 10th (27.34 – 8th in program history) Jess Alessi ’22 (Schoharie, N.Y./Ichabod Crane) Weight Throw: 4th (43-8.5) Shot Put: 15th (33-2.5) Lily Morrell ’23 (Frederick, Md./Urbana) 200-Meter Dash: 9th (27.34 – 6th in program history) 60-Meter Hurdles: 9th (10.24 – 9th in program history) Anna PIenkos ’22 (North Haven, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy) High Jump: 5th (4-9.75) Alexa Schauder ’24 (Cedar Knolls, N.J./Whippany Park) High Jump: 6th (4-7.75) Pole Vault: 7th (9-1) 4×400 Meter Relay: 5th (4:15.81 – 8th in program history) Lily Morrell ’23 Anna Imrie ’25 (Wilton, Conn./Canterbury School) Emily O’Hara ’24 (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown) Georgia Larzelere ’22 (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) Meet Highlights DiOttavio continued her blazing pace in the 60 meters this season and took home Gettysburg’s lone medal with a third-place finish. The freshman sprinter went 8.11 in the prelims, lowering her previous PR by 0.07 seconds and improving her second-place spot on the program’s all-time list. In the finals, DiOttavio managed to edge out Abigail Gerdes from Johns Hopkins at the line in 8.12 to seize the No. 3 spot in the race. Morrell and DiOttavio each competed in the 200 meters with the junior finishing just one spot in front of the freshman in ninth place. Morrell’s time of 27.34 pushed her into the sixth position on the program’s top 10. DiOttavio also set a PR by 0.02 seconds at 10.24 and jumped into the No. 9 position on the program list. Alessi opened the weekend with a fourth-place showing in the weight throw on Saturday. The senior posted her longest throw on her fourth attempt, finishing just shy of her personal best at 43 feet, 8.5 inches. She also competed in the shot put, finishing 15th overall at 33 feet, 2.5 inches. Morrell led the Gettysburg continent in the 4×400 relay, which clocked the eighth-fastest time in school history at 4:15.81. The junior opened with a split of 1:02.40 to put Gettysburg in second place at the exchange. Imrie and O’Hara carried the baton for the next 800 meters and Larzelere helped the team push into fifth with a strong final kick. Schauder produced a pair of top-seven showings in the high jump and pole vault. In the former event, she cleared 4 feet, 7.75 inches to finish sixth overall. Pienkos finished one spot ahead of Schauder with a clearance of 4 feet, 9.75 inches. In the pole vault, Schauder was one of three Bullelts to finish in the top 10, tying with junior Cassidy Callahan (Fitchburg, Mass./Oakmont Regional) for seventh at a height of 9 feet, 1 inch. Johns Hopkins dominated the field to claim its 11th-straight team championship. The Blue Jays won a total of 14 events at the meet.    Coming Up Gettysburg wraps up the indoor season at the Shenandoah University Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the second time in her career. The 2020 champion in the event, the Gettysburg senior out-ran the competition in the final race at the CC Championship meet by over a second with a time of 2:06.85. Wojnar, who also won the 400 IM in 2020, finished her career as a six-time all-conference selection and set school records in the 200 back (2:05.38) and 400 IM (4:32.68).   Wojnar also earned all-conference honorable mention as part of the 800 free relay. She was joined by freshman Ava Collin (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), junior Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), and freshman Mia Yancey (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven). The quartet took runner-up with a time of 7:43.68, just 0.08 seconds behind Swarthmore College. The time was the third-fastest in program history. Manning, who was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team this season, earned her second career all-conference honor, while Yancey picked up their first all-league accolade in the 800 free relay.   Collin was named All-CC Honorable Mention in the 100 free. The first-year swimmer put down the second-fastest time in program history (52.14) on the way to a runner-up showing behind a championship meet record by Sophie Lear from Ursinus College.   Gettysburg’s final all-conference performance was turned in by the 400 medley relay. Collin served as the anchor with freshmen Lindsay Blake (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Olivia Pyott (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and junior Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) accounting for the first three legs. The foursome produced the second-fastest time in school history at 3:53.86 and finished second behind Swarthmore in the race. Blake, Pyott, and Gorman achieved all-conference status for the first time.   First-place finishers at the CC Championship were designated first-team all-conference selections, while swimmers that finished runner-up earned honorable mention.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Track: Kiernan, Liedtka Pace Bullets at CC Indoor Championship

Results COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Freshman Aidan Kiernan (Pelham Manor, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) and junior Eric Liedtka (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) each recorded fourth-place finishes in their respective events to lead Gettysburg College at the Centennial Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championship hosted by Ursinus College on Feb. 26-27. Team Standings Place Team Score 1 Johns Hopkins 201.5 2 Ursinus 170.7 3 McDaniel 72.5 4 Haverford 71.5 5 Dickinson 66.2 6 Franklin & Marshall 46.4 7 Muhlenberg 46 8 Swarthmore 38 9 Gettysburg 24.2    Gettysburg’s Top Performers Aidan Kiernan ’25 60-Meter Dash: 4th (7.21 – Tied for fifth in program history) 200-Meter Dash: 5th (23.33) Eric Liedtka ’23 60-Meter Hurdles: 4th (9.05) Matt Weller ’22 (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) High Jump: T-6th (5-8) Caden Giordano ’23 (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) Long Jump: 10th (20-0.5) Triple Jump: 10th (40-9) Will Hopkins ’22 (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) 800 Meter Run: 10th (2:02.88) 4×200 Meter Relay: 5th (1:36.22) Arthur Keegan ’24 (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) Casey Deck ’25 (York, Pa./Hempfield) Eric Liedtka ’23 Aidan Kiernan ’25 4×400 Meter Relay: 6th (3:35.99) Eric Liedtka ’23 Matt Weller ’22 Casey Deck ’25 Will Hopkins ’22 Meet Highlights Kiernan blew away his preliminary heat in the 60 meters on Saturday with a time of 7.24 to qualify for Sunday’s final. The first-year sprinter finished just off the podium by 0.05 seconds with a career-best time of 7.21. That mark slid him into a tie for fifth with Aden Twer ’15 on the program’s all-time list. Later on Sunday, Kiernan ran a personal-best time of 23.33 to grab the fifth spot in the 200 meters. Liedtka improved three spots from his preliminary seeding and just missed the podium after placing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles. Seeded seventh coming out of the prelims, Liedtka dropped 0.19 seconds from his first race to finish in 9.05. Liedtka also competed on the 4×200 and 4×400 relays. In the former race held on Saturday, he ran the third leg alongside Keegan, Deck, and Kiernan. The group moved up the field during the final lap and finished fifth at 1:36.22. Liedtka led off the 4×400 race and was followed by Weller, Deck, and Hopkins. After dropping to seventh, Hopkins helped the team jump into sixth with a strong final leg. The foursome put up a season-best time of 3:35.99. Weller finished in a five-way tie for sixth in the high jump. All five competitors cleared 5 feet, 8 inches on their first attempt, but came up empty on three tries when it was raised to the next height. Hopkins and Giordano both posted 10th-place performances in individual events. Hopkins ran the 800 meters in 2:02.88, while Giordano finished 10th in both the long jump (20 feet, 0.5 inches) and triple jump (40 feet, 9 inches). Johns Hopkins picked up its ninth-straight title by edging past Ursinus. The Blue Jays won gold medals in the distance medley relay, long jump, triple jump, and heptathlon and posted a total of 19 top-three finishes. Coming Up Gettysburg wraps up the indoor season at the Shenandoah University Final Qualifier on Saturday, March 5, at 11 a.m. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Mens’ Swimming: Four Swimmers Earn All-Conference Accolades

2022 CC All-Conference Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gettysburg College men’s swimming team landed four student-athletes on the All-Centennial Conference Team, including first-team selections for junior Nick Cox (Purcellville, Pa./Ponte Vedra) and senior Duncan Proxmire (McLean, Va./Langley).   Cox earned All-CC First Team recognition with wins in the 100 and 200 backstroke races at the CC Championship. He defended his 2020 championship in the 100 back by hitting an NCAA B-cut in the championship race at 49.52. It was the junior’s second sub-50 race of the day as he smashed the program record by going 49.49 during prelims. For an encore, Cox stole the show in the 200 backstroke, racing to the wall in 1:48.62 to post another NCAA qualifying time and break the championship meet and school records.   Proxmire earned all-conference honors in both the 1650 and the 500 free. A two-time runner-up in the 1,650, the Gettysburg senior finally broke through for his first career gold, out-pacing the field with a personal-best time of 15:54.86 to win the event by over seven seconds. He also hit an NCAA B cut in the race. Proxmire was named All-CC Honorable Mention with a runner-up showing in the 500 free as he turned in a PR of 4:32.64 and hit another NCAA qualifying time. Proxmire also took home a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the 200 free. A five-time all-conference performer, Proxmire finished his career holding the school record in the 1,000 free (9:37.76) and ranks sixth in the 200 free, second in the 500 free, and third in the 1650 free.   Joining Cox and Proxmire with all-conferences were senior Oliver Pickering (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) and sophomore Luke McKenna (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford). Both swimmers were honorable mention picks with Pickering earning runner-up in the 200 butterfly and McKenna touching the wall first in the 1650. Pickering earned his second all-conference award by finishing as the silver medalist in the 200 fly. He posted 1:52.53 and leaves Gettysburg as the program’s record holder at 1:51.86. Pickering also set a new program standard in the 400 IM at this year’s conference meet with a time of 4:05.05 in the prelims. In addition to his 200 fly and 400 IM records, Pickering ranks among the program’s all-time leaders in the 1,000 free (7th, 10:02.49), 1,650 free (9th, 16:36.69), 200 IM (4th, 1:53.61), and 100 fly (6th, 51.08).   McKenna followed Proxmire to the finish line in the 1,650. The sophomore went out with a PR at 1,000 yards (9:40.89) and paced Proxmire down the final stretch to finish the race in 16:01.89, marking another NCAA B cut and the fourth-fastest time in program history. McKenna ranks fourth at Gettysburg in the 500 free (4:38.28), 1,000 free, and 1,650 and he is second all-time behind Pickering in the 400 IM (4:05.55). Additionally, sophomore Charlie Cross (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. Cross competed in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breaststroke. He made the championship finals in both the 400 IM and 200 breast, finishing sixth in the latter event.    First-place finishers at the CC Championship were designated first-team all-conference selections, while swimmers that finished runner-up earned honorable mention. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Lacrosse: Sullivan Named CC Defensive Player of the Week

LANCASTER, Pa. – Sophomore Caroline Sullivan (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) was named the Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career following a pair of strong performances against nationally-ranked teams last week.   In a 17-7 win over No. 8 Messiah, the sophomore midfielder totaled two goals, one assist, two ground balls, and a caused turnover. Sullivan tied the mark for most caused turnovers over the last 11 years with a career-high five against No. 12 Denison, adding a career-high five ground balls, one goal, and one assist in the 14-7 decision.   Sullivan, who was named the top defender on April 13, 2021, has totaled four goals, three assists, nine ground balls, four draw controls, and seven caused turnovers in three games this season. She is the second Gettysburg player to earn weekly honors with classmate Jordan Basso (Rye, N.Y./Rye) being named Offensive Player of the Week last week.   No. 7 Gettysburg (3-0) visits third-ranked Washington and Lee University (2-1) on Sunday, march 6, at noon. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Baseball: 2022 Bullets Baseball Season Preview

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – After two limited seasons on the diamond, the Gettysburg College baseball team is ready to get back to action and play a full schedule as it aims for a return to the Centennial Conference playoffs and a run at the league title this spring.   Gettysburg roared out to a hot start in 2020, winning six of its eight games and hitting a robust .430 as a team before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold and cancelled the rest of the season. Last spring, the Bullets missed out on the normal routine of a fall season and full preseason before playing a 14-game slate against conference foes.   “Last year, we didn’t have a normal fall or a normal preseason,” noted Head Coach John Campo, who heads into his 36th season at the helm. “We did the best we could do with the situation we were put into. We played hard every single game, and I believe we were competitive when we stepped onto the field.”   Gettysburg heads into this spring with a roster of 46 players, including nine veteran seniors. Six position players return as starters and five pitchers return who started at least one game in 2021. Since early fall all facets of the team, from the experienced veterans to the young up-and-comers, have been competing and working together toward common goals.   “We had a good, competitive fall and a solid off-season workout program,” said Campo. “I think we’ve had a great preseason. Now it’s time to move into the season and see what we’ve got. We have three goals: record a winning record overall; get to the conference playoffs; and win the conference championship.”  Infield   Gettysburg returns four starters to the infield, including All-Centennial Conference second baseman Andrew Donlan (Haddam, Conn./Avon Old Farms). Donlan led the team with a .348 batting average in his debut season. He’ll be joined on the right side of the field by senior co-captain Andrew Decker (Baltimore, Md./Towson), who slides out from behind the plate to assume a new role at the corner. Decker is a career .335 hitter and had totaled 25 RBI and 33 runs in 43 career games.   Senior co-captain Matt Muir (South Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) heads into his third season as the team’s starting shortstop. Muir posted a field percentage of .933 last spring and led the team with 30 assists. At the hot corner, junior Preston Toothman (Orlando, Fla./William R. Boone) has emerged as an early favorite to earn the starting role after a strong fall and productive preseason.   Behind the plate, juniors Matthew Peipher (Lititz, Pa./Manheim Township) and JR McCloskey (Huntington, N.Y./Chaminade) have seen time in the starting lineup in previous seasons. In six games last spring, Peipher mashed .364.   Junior Aaron Kirby (Sandy Hook, Conn./St. Joseph) and sophomores Kody Clausius (Landenberg, Pa./Avon Grove) and Jack O’Neil (Deerfield, Mass./Deerfield Academy) along with a contingent of versatile freshmen give the team added depth.  Outfield   After three years as the starting first baseman, senior Mark Seibert (Yardley, Pa./Holly Ghost Prep) will take over a spot in the outfield. The senior is an on-base machine, sporting a career batting average of .318 to go with 17 walks and 29 hit-by-pitches in his career. Senior Shane Manieri (Harleysville, Pa./La Salle College) gives the team a strong lefty bat in the lineup and a solid defensive presence in left field. Manieri has slugged seven home runs and plated 34 RBI in 56 career games.   Between the two seniors will be junior Kyle Miller (Montclair, N.J./Montclair). Miller showed great range in center field in his first season as a starter and has the potential to be a jump-start to the offense from the top of the batting order.   Additional returners that have seen playing time in the outfield include sophomores Emmanuel Ajewole (Floral Park, N.Y./Stony Brook School), Tristan Neels (San Diego Calif./Francis W. Paker), and David Preziuso (Middletown, Del./Caravel Academy).  Pitching   Five seniors return to the mound for Gettysburg this spring. Senior Myles Burbank (Rye, N.Y./Rye) returns for a fifth season and has racked up 26 appearances and 12 starts during his career. Senior Nate Masteralexis (Amherst, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) did not pitch in 2021, but in his first two campaigns the lefty went 3-1 with 22 strikeouts in 31.1 innings of work.   Senior Sammy Sestito (Sea Girt, N.J./Saint Rose) was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and six strikeouts in two appearances a season ago, while seniors Tim Fay (Easthampton, Mass./Williston Northampton) and Teo Torrado (New York, N.Y./Polytech Prep Country Day) have each recorded multiple starts in their careers.   Junior Ken Spadaccini (Cresskill, N.J./Cresskill) was one of the team’s most consistent arms last spring and posted a 1.78 ERA and two saves in six relief appearances. Juniors Brett Leighton (Collegeville, Pa./Pope John Paul II), Mike Giammarino (Basking Ridge, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s), Andrew Weinbrum (Weston, Conn./Weston), and Connor Sikora (Easton, Pa./Easton) all give the coaching staff additional experience and flexibility on the mound. In total, the Bullets feature 19 pitchers on the roster, including several newcomers who could make an early impact this spring.   “Everybody is a starter and everybody is a reliever,” stated Campo. “My approach is just focusing on the game we’re playing now. We’ll have a starting pitcher, but if we’re in a position to win the game, I’m going to use the next best pitcher. Then when it’s over, we reassess how the game went and take a look at our pitching situation for the next game.”    Schedule   Gettysburg has a full 40-game schedule on tap for 2022. The Bullets open the year with a 10-game slate over six days in Florida against teams from Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut, and Vermont. It will be the team’s first trip south in two years and will provide early insight into what the players are capable of.   “Down there it’s about playing baseball and maximizing game time,” said Campo, who is Gettysburg’s all-time leader in wins with 626. “The more playing time people get on the field, the better they will get. It’s also more evaluation time for us as coaches. That’s why I schedule as many games as possible during spring break. It gives everyone an opportunity to play, allows us to look at players in game situations, and win some ball games.”   Upon returning to the friendly confines of Kirchhoff Field, Gettysburg embarks on a non-conference schedule for the remaining two weeks in March. Nine of those games will take place on the home diamond, including a three-game set with former Gettysburg player and assistant coach Nathan Bashaw ’03 and his Westfield State University team on March 18-19.   Gettysburg will dive head-first into the Centennial Conference schedule in April, beginning with a doubleheader at Muhlenberg College on Saturday, April 2, at noon. The Bullets were picked to finish ninth in the conference preseason poll, which serves to add more motivation to a brand new season.   “Winning is an all-the time thing,” said Campo. “It’s about leadership. It’s not just about showing up on game day. It’s how you conduct yourself all the time, in practice, in the locker room, in the classroom, and everywhere else. That’s how leadership is developed and I think our leadership has been great. They’ve done everything they need to do to prepare themselves, be a team that competes at a high level, and potentially win the conference.”   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the second time in her career. The 2020 champion in the event, the Gettysburg senior out-ran the competition in the final race at the CC Championship meet by over a second with a time of 2:06.85. Wojnar, who also won the 400 IM in 2020, finished her career as a six-time all-conference selection and set school records in the 200 back (2:05.38) and 400 IM (4:32.68).   Wojnar also earned all-conference honorable mention as part of the 800 free relay. She was joined by freshman Ava Collin (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), junior Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), and freshman Mia Yancey (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven). The quartet took runner-up with a time of 7:43.68, just 0.08 seconds behind Swarthmore College. The time was the third-fastest in program history. Manning, who was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team this season, earned her second career all-conference honor, while Yancey picked up their first all-league accolade in the 800 free relay.   Collin was named All-CC Honorable Mention in the 100 free. The first-year swimmer put down the second-fastest time in program history (52.14) on the way to a runner-up showing behind a championship meet record by Sophie Lear from Ursinus College.   Gettysburg’s final all-conference performance was turned in by the 400 medley relay. Collin served as the anchor with freshmen Lindsay Blake (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Olivia Pyott (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and junior Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) accounting for the first three legs. The foursome produced the second-fastest time in school history at 3:53.86 and finished second behind Swarthmore in the race. Blake, Pyott, and Gorman achieved all-conference status for the first time.   First-place finishers at the CC Championship were designated first-team all-conference selections, while swimmers that finished runner-up earned honorable mention.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Basketball: Get Your CC Women’s Basketball Championship Apparel!

Calling all friends, family, and fans of the Bullets! Celebrate the program’s third Centennial title with exclusive 2022 Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Championship apparel!  The Centennial Conference is now offering an online championship store with performance t-shirts (short- and long-sleeve), hoodies, and more. All merchandise will be delivered directly to the customer. Due to customization of the items shipping will be approximately eight weeks after the store closes. Items not in stock at the time of the store closing will be immediately canceled.  Direct link to the shop: https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/2xKwHTWnVS The store opens today and closes on Monday, March 14, 2022.    This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the second time in her career. The 2020 champion in the event, the Gettysburg senior out-ran the competition in the final race at the CC Championship meet by over a second with a time of 2:06.85. Wojnar, who also won the 400 IM in 2020, finished her career as a six-time all-conference selection and set school records in the 200 back (2:05.38) and 400 IM (4:32.68).   Wojnar also earned all-conference honorable mention as part of the 800 free relay. She was joined by freshman Ava Collin (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), junior Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), and freshman Mia Yancey (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven). The quartet took runner-up with a time of 7:43.68, just 0.08 seconds behind Swarthmore College. The time was the third-fastest in program history. Manning, who was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team this season, earned her second career all-conference honor, while Yancey picked up their first all-league accolade in the 800 free relay.   Collin was named All-CC Honorable Mention in the 100 free. The first-year swimmer put down the second-fastest time in program history (52.14) on the way to a runner-up showing behind a championship meet record by Sophie Lear from Ursinus College.   Gettysburg’s final all-conference performance was turned in by the 400 medley relay. Collin served as the anchor with freshmen Lindsay Blake (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Olivia Pyott (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and junior Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) accounting for the first three legs. The foursome produced the second-fastest time in school history at 3:53.86 and finished second behind Swarthmore in the race. Blake, Pyott, and Gorman achieved all-conference status for the first time.   First-place finishers at the CC Championship were designated first-team all-conference selections, while swimmers that finished runner-up earned honorable mention.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Basketball: Gettysburg Dances at Home to Open NCAAs

2022 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Bracket  GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s basketball team will host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Division III Championship on Friday and Saturday (March 4-5) inside Bream Gym.   Gettysburg (24-3) earned an automatic bid to the tournament and will host national playoff contests for the second time in school history. Joining the Bullets this weekend will be Morrisville State College (19-7), Baldwin-Wallace University (21-4), and Salisbury University (20-6). Baldwin-Wallace and Salisbury will meet in Friday’s first game at 5 p.m., while Gettysburg hosts Morrisville at 7. Saturday’s second round game is scheduled for 6 p.m.   Admission for the games will be $10 for adults and $7 for students from competing institutions, senior citizens, and children 3-18. Children two and under are admitted free.   All three games will feature live video and live statistics.   Gettysburg hosted the first two rounds of NCAAs in 2019 and is making its ninth appearance overall. The Bullets have earned four consecutive trips to the big dance thanks to automatic bids as the Centennial Conference champions in 2018 and 2022 and at-large bids in 2019 and 2020. Gettysburg nearly ran the table in the conference regular season with a 19-1 record and defended its home court by knocking off Washington College (64-54) and Johns Hopkins University (43-40) in the conference playoffs.   SUNY Morrisville is making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA playoffs. The Mustangs knocked off Penn State Harrisburg 78-60 in the semifinals of the United East Championship before upsetting top seed Gallaudet University 74-69 in overtime in the title game. Morrisville has won 12 of its last 13 games, including seven in a row heading into NCAAs.   Baldwin-Wallace is making its third consecutive and 16th overall appearance in the national tournament. The Yellow Jackets won each of their first two games in 2020 before the tournament was cancelled due to the pandemic. Baldwin-Wallace clinched an automatic bid to the postseason by upsetting No. 12 John Carroll University 60-50 in the championship game of the Ohio Athletic Conference. The team’s only losses since the start of 2022 came at the hands of the Blue Streaks and it posted a 15-2 overall record in the OAC this season.   Salisbury earned an at-large bid after falling to UC Santa Cruz 66-53 in the semifinals of the Coast-2-Coast Conference Tournament. Outside of the Banana Slugs, the Sea Gulls’ only losses since mid-November have come against No. 1 Christopher Newport University and No. 13 University of Scranton. Salisbury is making its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2015.   Gettysburg has never played against SUNY Morrisville and has met both Salisbury and Baldwin-Wallace on one occasion prior to this season. Ironically, both of those meetings with the Sea Gulls and Yellow Jackets came during the 2001-02 campaign.   Masking is required inside Bream Gym, while food and drinks are prohibited. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Wrestling: Kowalski Secures National Bid

2022 NCAA Division III Southeast Regional Results WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore Luke Kowalski (Derwood, Md./Saint John’s College) clinched a spot in the NCAA Division III Championship by earning a third-place finish at 133 pounds at the NCAA Division III Southeast Regional Championship hosted by Lycoming College.   Kowalski earned his spot at the national championship with two hard-fought wins in the consolation bracket on Saturday. After going 2-0 Friday, the sophomore matched up with third-ranked Dalton Rohrbaugh in the semifinals Saturday. Rohrbaugh scored a pair of reversals in the opening period and tacked on a reversal and riding time point in the third to get by Kowalski 7-4. The York grappler would go on to win the title at 133.   Relegated to the consolation bracket, Kowalski jumped all over Gustav Petruske from King’s College in the first period, rolling out to a 12-1 lead with a pair of takedowns and two near-falls. Petruske climbed back into the match with four takedowns in the second and third periods, but Kowalski escaped his clutches four times in the final period to pull out a 16-10 decision.   A win in the third place match would ensure Kowalski a trip to nationals and standing in his way was Luke Hoerle from Stevens Institute of Technology. Hoerle had no answer for Kowalski’s top game as the Gettysburg grappler pulled out a reversal to start the second period and rode out the final period to secure the riding time point and a 3-0 win.   Kowalski improved to 30-7 overall this season. His is Gettysburg’s first national qualifier since his brother Colin ’19 made back-to-back trips in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships are slated for March 11-12 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   Senior Ray Martin (Downingtown, Pa./West Chester Henderson) and junior Eric Mougalian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) each placed at the regional event with Martin grabbing fourth at 165 pounds and Mougalian taking sixth at 149.   Martin joined Kowalski with a loss to the eventual champion at his weight class, falling 2-0 to sixth-ranked Matt Lackman of Alvernia University in the semifinals. The senior bounced back with a strong final period against Harrison Hinojosa of Stevens in his first consolation bout, scoring an escape and takedown and tacking on the riding time point for a 4-0 win. In the third-place match, Jaden Datz from Washington and Jefferson College scored an early takedown, but Martin escaped just seconds later. The Gettysburg grappler scored another escape to start period two and even the score 2-2. Datz managed an escape in the first 20 seconds of the final period and held off Martin’s takedown attempts over the final 1:41 to pull off a 3-2 win.   Martin closed the season with a 31-8 record with 13 pins. He finished 80-38 in his career and finished tied for third all-time at Gettysburg with 37 career pins.   Mougalian dropped his three matches on Saturday after going 2-0 on Friday. He fell by decision 13-9 to Hunter Campbell of Averett University in the semifinals at 149. In the consolation semis, the Gettysburg junior scored a reversal at the start of the third period to pull even with Roanoke College’s Jarrod Pominville 6-6. Pominville managed a quick escape just seconds later and held on for a 7-6 decision. Mougalian was pinned by Alvernia’s Jason Rezac in the fifth-place match.   The Centennial Conference champion and Most Outstanding Performer, Mougalian closed the season with a 19-17 overall record.   As a team, Gettysburg finished 13th out of 20. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Track: Track and Field Races to CC Indoor Championship

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College men’s and women’s track and field teams hit the road for the 2022 Centennial Conference Indoor Championship hosted at Ursinus College on Feb. 26-27.  2022 CC Indoor Track and Field Championship Schedule Saturday, Feb. 26 – 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 – 11:30 a.m. Full Event Schedule Location: The Floy Lewis Bakes Center | Ursinus College | Collegeville, Pa. Live Video: Centennial Conference Digital Network Performance List CC Championship Record Book Indoor Spectator Masking Policy  Heading to Collegeville Ursinus College will host the 2022 CC Indoor Track and Field Championship inside The Floy Lewis Bakes Center. The Bears are hosting the event for the 11th time and first time since 2018. All fans must be masked at all times inside the athletics center.  Championship History Johns Hopkins has dominated the meet over the last decade and has won eight-straight titles on the men’s side and 10-straight on the women’s side. Haverford leads all men’s programs with 17 conference titles with the last coming in 2012. After the Blue Jays, Dickinson College and Haverford College rank second and third with seven and six team championships, respectively. Gettysburg won the first two women’s indoor team championships in 1994 and 1995.  Bullets Breakdown Gettysburg heads to the indoor championship for the first time since 2020. The 2020 CC Championship was the last track meet of the season for the Bullets with the remainder of the outdoor season cancelled due to the pandemic. Track and field returned in 2021 with a limited outdoor schedule beginning in April.   The Gettysburg men are led by a handful of medal contenders. Senior Will Hopkins (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) generated some early-season buzz by breaking the school record in the 500 meters with 1:10.96 at the Little Dip Invitational on Jan. 29. He enters the weekend with the fifth-fastest time in the conference in the 800 meters at 2:00.08.   In the sprint events, freshman Aidan Kiernan (Pelham Manor, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) and junior Eric Liedtka (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) will vie for top showings. Kiernan rates sixth in the conference in the 60-meter dash at 7.24 seconds, which also sits tied for sixth in program history. The first-year also ranks 15th in the conference in the 200 meters at 24.06. Liedtka ranks among the program’s top five in the 60-meter hurdles and has his eye on breaking that elusive nine-second barrier. The junior ranks sixth in the conference at 9.01.   Junior Caden Giordano (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem) leads the field squad with top-10 distances in the long jump and triple jump this season. Giordano ranks 10th in the conference in both events, clearing 20 feet, 0.25 inches in the long jump and 40 feet, 10.25 inches in the triple jump. His PR in the triple came in the team’s last meet at Susquehanna University on Feb. 12 and it ranks ninth in program history. Sophomore Teo Zemser (Hewitt, N.J./West Milford) set an early season standard in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 5.75 inches at the season-opening F&M Invitational back in December. He is eighth in program history and enters this weekend’s championship event second in the conference.   For the Gettysburg women, freshman Lauren DiOttavio (Romansville, Pa./Downingtown West Campus) has posted top-10 performances in program history in both the 60-meter dash (2nd, 8.18) and the 200-meter dash (T-8th, 27.48). She enters the weekend seventh and ninth, respectively, in the conference. Senior Kathrin O’Brien (Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal School) is the team’s top distance runner and ranks eighth in the conference in the 5K with a time of 19:14.06. O’Brien was the bronze medalist in the 10K at last year’s CC Outdoor Championship.   The Bullets are particularly deep in the field events led by seniors Anna Pienkos (North Haven, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy), Jess Alessi (Schoharie, N.Y./Ichabod Crane), and Caitlin Yap (Wayne, N.J./Morris Catholic). Pienkos is a former bronze medalist in the outdoor high jump and heads into the indoor event ranked among the top 10 in the conference alongside sophomore Alexa Schauder (Cedar Knolls, N.J./Whippany Park). The pair have each cleared 4 feet, 7 inches and are tied for eighth in the conference. Alessi ranks third in program history in the weight throw with a toss of 44 feet at the Frank Colden Invitational on Feb. 5. She heads into the championship fourth in the conference.   Yap and Schauder lead a strong contingent of pole vaulters for the Bullets. Schauder is tied for fourth in program history with a vault of 9 feet, 6.25 inches, while Yap, junior Cassidy Callahan (Fitchburg, Mass./Oakmont Regional), freshman Olivia Taylor (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) sit seventh in program history with vaults of 9 feet, 0.25 inches. Those four marks rank among the top 12 in the conference.   Sophomore Giovanna Komst (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) sits just outside the top 10 in the conference in shot put. The sophomore ended her season with a career-long toss of 35 feet, 6.75 inches at the Susquehanna Invite, which sits 11th in the CC.   “We have the potential to run, jump, and throw some of our best marks yet this season,” said Head Coach Bryson Hartzler. “Hopefully that puts us in the mix for some great top-10 performances and a couple of medals. Each meet we’ve had this season has given us the opportunity to iron out any issues there might be and forge the confidence to line up at the start line with an ‘I’ve got this’ mentality.”   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Swimming: Seven Bullets Secure All-CC Status in Women’s Swimming

2022 CC All-Centennial Conference Women’s Swimming Team  LANCASTER, Pa. – Three-time Centennial Conference champion Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) was one of seven Gettysburg College women’s swimmers selected to the all-conference team it was announced on Thursday, Feb. 24.   Wojnar was the lone first-team selection, earning the honor by winning the 200 backstroke for the second time in her career. The 2020 champion in the event, the Gettysburg senior out-ran the competition in the final race at the CC Championship meet by over a second with a time of 2:06.85. Wojnar, who also won the 400 IM in 2020, finished her career as a six-time all-conference selection and set school records in the 200 back (2:05.38) and 400 IM (4:32.68).   Wojnar also earned all-conference honorable mention as part of the 800 free relay. She was joined by freshman Ava Collin (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), junior Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard), and freshman Mia Yancey (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven). The quartet took runner-up with a time of 7:43.68, just 0.08 seconds behind Swarthmore College. The time was the third-fastest in program history. Manning, who was also named to the All-Sportsmanship Team this season, earned her second career all-conference honor, while Yancey picked up their first all-league accolade in the 800 free relay.   Collin was named All-CC Honorable Mention in the 100 free. The first-year swimmer put down the second-fastest time in program history (52.14) on the way to a runner-up showing behind a championship meet record by Sophie Lear from Ursinus College.   Gettysburg’s final all-conference performance was turned in by the 400 medley relay. Collin served as the anchor with freshmen Lindsay Blake (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) and Olivia Pyott (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and junior Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) accounting for the first three legs. The foursome produced the second-fastest time in school history at 3:53.86 and finished second behind Swarthmore in the race. Blake, Pyott, and Gorman achieved all-conference status for the first time.   First-place finishers at the CC Championship were designated first-team all-conference selections, while swimmers that finished runner-up earned honorable mention.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Field Hockey: Field Hockey Lands Academic Awards

National Academic Squad | Scholars of Distinction | National Academic Teams BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The Gettysburg College field hockey team was recognized for academic success by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) with 25 student-athletes named to the National Academic Squad and eight tagged Scholars of Distinction.   Gettysburg landed the bulk of its roster on the National Academic Squad, which honors individuals who maintained a GPA of 3.3 or above during first semester of the 2021-22 academic year. The Bullets beat the previous year’s total by six student-athletes.   The student-athletes on the National Academic Squad include:  Andie Aloi ’25 (Towson, Md./Towson)Lauren Beccaria ’22 (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe)Emma Bertrando ’21 (West Chester, Pa./Henderson)Bella Bonazinga ’25 (Spring Lake, N.J./Wall)Makiah Brewer ’25 (Bloomsburg, Pa./ Central Columbia)Morgan Cherry ’25 (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg)Maura Farinelli ’23 (Canonsburg, Pa./Peters Township)Isabella Fragomeni ’23 (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Madison)Henna Fraiman ’22 (Lutherville, Md./Roland Park Country)Greta Lacey ’25 (Marriottsville, Md./ Mount De Sales Academy)Charlotte Lacey ’25 (Marriottsville, Md./ Mount De Sales Academy)Sarah Lamberty ’25 (Avon, Conn./Northwest Catholic)Gaby Markunas ’24 (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg)Christina Orio ’22 (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee)Noa Potoczak ’22 (Medford, N.J./Shawnee)Katie Regan ’25 (Millburn, N.J./Millburn)Olivia Regan ’25 (Millburn, N.J./Millburn)Hailey Rhine ’24 (Denver, Colo./St. Mary’s Academy)Alyssa Ritchie ’23 (Baldwin, Md./Notre Dame Prep)Audrey Ross ’24 (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township)Carmen Roy ’25 (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney)Sarah Scott ’24 (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North)Katie Shaffer ’23 (Dalmatia, Pa./Line Mountain)Tori Trivett ’25 (Baltimore, Md./Dulaney)Jenna Vadinsky ’23 (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan)   Eight Bullets were also named Scholars of Distinction, which recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 or higher through the first semester of the academic year. Farinelli, Ritchie, and Vadinsky all earned the honor for the third consecutive season, while Brewer, Lacey, Katie Regan, Scott, and Shaffer were first-time honorees.   Finally, Gettysburg extended its streak of National Academic Team Awards to 16. The Bullets easily met the 3.0 minimum this past fall, posting a team GPA of 3.5. Gettysburg has been named to the National Academic Team list every year since 2007. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Wrestling: Three Gettysburg College Wrestlers Advance to Regional Semis

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sophomore Luke Kowalski (Derwood, Md./Saint John’s College), junior Eric Mougalian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon), and senior Ray Martin (Downingtown, Pa./West Chester Henderson) remain in contention for national bids after advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Southeast Regional Championship hosted by Lycoming College. Kowalski scored a pair of wins in the bracket at 133 in his regional debut. He pinned Kyle Seibert from Alvernia University in 2:20 and tacked on an 11-4 decision over Hunter Thompson from Thiel College. He’ll square off with third-ranked Dalton Rohrbaugh from York (Pa.) College in Saturday’s semifinals. The two met earlier this season with the York grappler scoring a 14-2 major decision. Kowalski is 28-6 overall with 11 pins. Mougalian continued his postseason surge with two wins at 149 pounds. After winning the Centennial Conference championship two weeks ago, the junior improved to 19-14 this season with a decision over Robert Zelinski of King’s College before scoring a late pin-fall in a close match with Jake Coniglio of Messiah University. Mougalian will meet Hunter Campbell of Averett University in the semis. Martin draws a bout with sixth-ranked Matt Lackman from Alvernia University in the semifinals at 165 pounds. Martin rolled out to an 8-3 lead in the first period on the way to a 10-3 decision over Cooper Kidd from Delaware University in his opening match. In the quarterfinals, the Gettysburg senior dispatched Washington and Lee University’s Joe Salerno for the third time this season by an 8-2 count. Martin is 30-6 overall with 13 pins. The top three finishers in each weight class will earn automatic bids to the 2022 NCAA Division III Championships on March 11-12 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The action resumes Saturday at 9 a.m. with semifinals and consolation matches. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Track: Track and Field Races to CC Indoor Championship

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College men’s and women’s track and field teams hit the road for the 2022 Centennial Conference Indoor Championship hosted at Ursinus College on Feb. 26-27.  2022 CC Indoor Track and Field Championship Schedule Saturday, Feb. 26 – 11:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 – 11:30 a.m. Full Event Schedule Location: The Floy Lewis Bakes Center | Ursinus College | Collegeville, Pa. Live Video: Centennial Conference Digital Network Performance List CC Championship Record Book Indoor Spectator Masking Policy  Heading to Collegeville Ursinus College will host the 2022 CC Indoor Track and Field Championship inside The Floy Lewis Bakes Center. The Bears are hosting the event for the 11th time and first time since 2018. All fans must be masked at all times inside the athletics center.  Championship History Johns Hopkins has dominated the meet over the last decade and has won eight-straight titles on the men’s side and 10-straight on the women’s side. Haverford leads all men’s programs with 17 conference titles with the last coming in 2012. After the Blue Jays, Dickinson College and Haverford College rank second and third with seven and six team championships, respectively. Gettysburg won the first two women’s indoor team championships in 1994 and 1995.  Bullets Breakdown Gettysburg heads to the indoor championship for the first time since 2020. The 2020 CC Championship was the last track meet of the season for the Bullets with the remainder of the outdoor season cancelled due to the pandemic. Track and field returned in 2021 with a limited outdoor schedule beginning in April.   The Gettysburg men are led by a handful of medal contenders. Senior Will Hopkins (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) generated some early-season buzz by breaking the school record in the 500 meters with 1:10.96 at the Little Dip Invitational on Jan. 29. He enters the weekend with the fifth-fastest time in the conference in the 800 meters at 2:00.08.   In the sprint events, freshman Aidan Kiernan (Pelham Manor, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) and junior Eric Liedtka (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame) will vie for top showings. Kiernan rates sixth in the conference in the 60-meter dash at 7.24 seconds, which also sits tied for sixth in program history. The first-year also ranks 15th in the conference in the 200 meters at 24.06. Liedtka ranks among the program’s top five in the 60-meter hurdles and has his eye on breaking that elusive nine-second barrier. The junior ranks sixth in the conference at 9.01.   Junior Caden Giordano (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem) leads the field squad with top-10 distances in the long jump and triple jump this season. Giordano ranks 10th in the conference in both events, clearing 20 feet, 0.25 inches in the long jump and 40 feet, 10.25 inches in the triple jump. His PR in the triple came in the team’s last meet at Susquehanna University on Feb. 12 and it ranks ninth in program history. Sophomore Teo Zemser (Hewitt, N.J./West Milford) set an early season standard in the pole vault by clearing 13 feet, 5.75 inches at the season-opening F&M Invitational back in December. He is eighth in program history and enters this weekend’s championship event second in the conference.   For the Gettysburg women, freshman Lauren DiOttavio (Romansville, Pa./Downingtown West Campus) has posted top-10 performances in program history in both the 60-meter dash (2nd, 8.18) and the 200-meter dash (T-8th, 27.48). She enters the weekend seventh and ninth, respectively, in the conference. Senior Kathrin O’Brien (Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal School) is the team’s top distance runner and ranks eighth in the conference in the 5K with a time of 19:14.06. O’Brien was the bronze medalist in the 10K at last year’s CC Outdoor Championship.   The Bullets are particularly deep in the field events led by seniors Anna Pienkos (North Haven, Conn./Sacred Heart Academy), Jess Alessi (Schoharie, N.Y./Ichabod Crane), and Caitlin Yap (Wayne, N.J./Morris Catholic). Pienkos is a former bronze medalist in the outdoor high jump and heads into the indoor event ranked among the top 10 in the conference alongside sophomore Alexa Schauder (Cedar Knolls, N.J./Whippany Park). The pair have each cleared 4 feet, 7 inches and are tied for eighth in the conference. Alessi ranks third in program history in the weight throw with a toss of 44 feet at the Frank Colden Invitational on Feb. 5. She heads into the championship fourth in the conference.   Yap and Schauder lead a strong contingent of pole vaulters for the Bullets. Schauder is tied for fourth in program history with a vault of 9 feet, 6.25 inches, while Yap, junior Cassidy Callahan (Fitchburg, Mass./Oakmont Regional), freshman Olivia Taylor (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) sit seventh in program history with vaults of 9 feet, 0.25 inches. Those four marks rank among the top 12 in the conference.   Sophomore Giovanna Komst (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) sits just outside the top 10 in the conference in shot put. The sophomore ended her season with a career-long toss of 35 feet, 6.75 inches at the Susquehanna Invite, which sits 11th in the CC.   “We have the potential to run, jump, and throw some of our best marks yet this season,” said Head Coach Bryson Hartzler. “Hopefully that puts us in the mix for some great top-10 performances and a couple of medals. Each meet we’ve had this season has given us the opportunity to iron out any issues there might be and forge the confidence to line up at the start line with an ‘I’ve got this’ mentality.”   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Track: Hopkins Collects Runner-Up Finish at Susquehanna

Results SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Senior Will Hopkins (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) captured runner-up in the mile to guide the Gettysburg College men’s indoor track and field team at the Susquehanna Invitational on Saturday. No team scoring was kept at the meet, which featured Division I, II, and III. Gettysburg’s Top Performers Will Hopkins ’22 Mile: 2nd (4:31.72) Aidan Kiernan ’25 (Pelham Manor, N.Y./Pelham Memorial) 60-Meter Dash: 5th (7.24 – Tied for sixth in program history) Caden Giordano ’23 (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) Triple Jump: 10th (40-10.25 – 9th in program history) Meet Highlights Hopkins blazed through the mile with a personal-record time of 4:31.72 to finish runner-up out of 49 runners. Junior Connor Elliott (Media, Pa./Salesianum) also competed in the event and posted a PR time of 4:36.16 to finish ninth overall. The 4×400-meter relay team of junior Eric Liedtka (Hamilton, N.J./Notre Dame), sophomore Casey Deck (York, Pa./Hempfield), sophomore Arthur Keegan (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield Memorial), and Hopkins cruised to a runner-up spot with a time of 3:38.90. After clocking 7.24 in the preliminaries of the 60-meter dash, Kiernan finished fifth in the finals with the same time. He is now tied for sixth all-time in program history. Keegan also competed in the event and claimed 13th with a PR time of 7.38. For the second consecutive week, Giordano set a PR in the triple jump as he leaped 40-10.25 to place 10th. He ranks ninth on the program’s all-time top-10 list.   Liedtka placed 12th in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking 9.36. Keegan took 15th in the 200-meter dash, clocking 24.37 among 55 competitors.   Coming Up Gettysburg picks up its schedule Feb. 26-27 at the Centennial Conference Indoor Championship, hosted by Ursinus College.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Mens’ Swimming: Proxmire, Cox Golden on Final Day of CC Championship

Complete Results LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior Duncan Proxmire (McLean, Va./Langley) and junior Nick Cox (Purcellville, Va./Ponte Vedra) each claimed gold in their individual events to close out the final day of the Centennial Conference Championship at Franklin & Marshall College.    2022 Centennial Conference Championship Team Standings Team Score Swarthmore 889 Franklin & Marshall 816 Gettysburg 636 Ursinus 366 Washington 353 Dickinson 235 McDaniel 124   Event Winner GC Top Finisher 1650 Freestyle Duncan Proxmire, GC (15:54.86)   200 Back Nick Cox, GC (1:48.62)   100 Free Chris Schiavone, F&M (46.32) 14. Cort Hobelmann (47.31) 200 Breast Andrew Karpenko, SC (2:00.61) 6. Charlie Cross (2:05.86) 200 Butterfly Jeremy Rockaway, SC (1:49.25) 2. Oliver Pickering (1:52.53) 400 Free Relay F&M (3:01.72) 5. Gettysburg (3:06.75)  Meet Highlights Gettysburg featured a 1-2 finish in the 1650 as Proxmire secured his first career gold medal and sophomore Luke McKenna (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Area) won the silver. A two-time runner-up in the event, Proxmire dominated the race from start-to-finish, showing no mercy to his opponents as he cleared his splits in the low to mid 29-second range before leaving everyone behind with sub-29 splits over the final 200 yards. His time of 15:54.86 bested his previous career best by exactly three seconds and hit an NCAA B cut. Situated in the lane next to Proxmire, McKenna displayed similar consistency to his teammate and finished seven seconds behind with a time of 16:01.89, marking another B cut and the fourth-fastest time in program history. After claiming the 100 back title with the first sub-50 time in school history on Saturday, Cox displayed more magic with a record-breaking performance in the 200 back. The junior went out in 24.79 in his first 50 and led by almost two seconds through 150 yards. He kept up the furious pace over the final 25 yards and touched the wall in a closing time of 1:48.62 to break the championship meet and program records. Cox also hit an NCAA B cut time for the second consecutive day and became the first Gettysburg swimmer to win both conference backstroke races since Matt McKenna ’95 in 1995. Senior Oliver Pickering (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) earned his second career silver medal in the 200 fly. Pickering dueled with Swarthmore’s Jeremy Rockaway with the duo matching their finish from the 2019 CC Championship. Rockaway set a new championship standard at 1:49.25, while Pickering finished in 1:52.53. Sophomore Charlie Cross (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) shaved nearly five seconds off his personal best with a sixth-place finish in an extremely fast heat in the 200 breaststroke. Each of the top five swimmers achieved NCAA qualifying times with Cross finishing right behind at 2:05.86. The time pushed the sophomore into second on Gettysburg’s all-time top 10. Freshman Mason Dillon (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and sophomore Ben Fox (Howard Beach, N.Y./Scholars Academy) joined Pickering in the 200 fly finals. Dillon finished fifth in the race and moved into seventh in program history with a time of 1:56.66. Fox finished seventh overall with a time of 1:58.25 after logging the fifth-fastest time at Gettysburg in the prelims at 1:56.66.   Freshman Trey Mitchell (Rehoboth Beach, Del./Sussex Academy) and sophomore Jack Murphy (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill) each won consolation heats on Sunday. Mitchell posted the top time in the B final of the 200 breast at 2:08.92, which marked the third-fastest time in program history. Murphy improved his PR time in the 200 back by going 1:55.54 to win the heat. As a team, Gettysburg finished third overall with 636 points. The Bullets totaled nine medals during the event, including three by Proxmire in the 200 free, 500 free, and 1650. Swarthmore won its third title since 2017 with 889 points, while defending champion Franklin & Marshall finished second with 816 points.  Next Up The NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships are slated March 16-19 at IUPUI’s IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. Proxmire, McKenna, and Cox have achieved NCAA provisional qualifying times and will await the announcement of the field in the near future. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Basketball: Bullets Return to the CC Men’s Basketball Championship

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The wait is finally over for the Gettysburg College men’s basketball team as the Bullets make their return to the postseason for the first time in six years and will face No. 18 Swarthmore College in the semifinals of the Centennial Conference Championship this Friday at 6 p.m.  2022 CC Men’s Basketball Championship Schedule First Round: Feb. 22, 6 p.m. – Ursinus 73, Dickinson 67 Semifinal: Feb. 25, 6 p.m. – No. 18 Swarthmore vs. Gettysburg (at Johns Hopkins) Semifinal: Feb. 25, 8 p.m. – No. 13 Johns Hopkins vs. Ursinus Championship: Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m. – Semifinal Winners (at Johns Hopkins) Location: Goldfarb Gymnasium | Johns Hopkins University | Baltimore, Md. Tickets: $5 for adults $3 youth (13-18) No charge for children 12 and under FREE – students from participating schools with ID Live Video: Centennial Conference Digital Network Live Stats Indoor Spectator Masking Policy  Back to the Postseason Gettysburg is making its first postseason appearance since 2016 when it beat McDaniel in the first round before losing to eventual champion Franklin & Marshall in the semifinals. Picked to finish seventh in the preseason coaches’ poll, the Bullets developed and progressed throughout the season with a roster devoid of much experience. Only four players returned that played major minutes in prior seasons. This weekend’s playoff run will also be the first postseason trip for fourth-year Head Coach B.J. Dunne and his coaching staff.   “There was incredible buy-in from our returning group and our newcomers and that was immediately on display this fall in the weight room, conditioning and open gyms,” said Dunne, who has improved the team’s win total in each of his three competitive seasons. “The vision for our program was to position Gettysburg men’s basketball back in the conversation of strong teams in the Centennial Conference. This group has done that and knows the job is not finished.”  How We Got Here Gettysburg secured the No. 3 seed after posting a 15-9 overall record and 11-7 mark in conference play this season. The 15 wins are the most since 2015-16. Five of Gettysburg’s losses have come against nationally-ranked programs, including current No. 1 Randolph-Macon. The Bullets had won five of their previous six contests before falling in the season finale to Swarthmore.   Johns Hopkins secured the top seed and hosting rights after finishing out the regular season 16-2 in conference play and 20-3 overall. The Blue Jays have not lost to an opponent other than Swarthmore since a 64-62 setback to current No. 4 Christopher Newport in their season opener. Johns Hopkins has won its last six games by an average of 26.2 points per game. The Blue Jays are the defending conference champs.   Swarthmore heads into the weekend as the second seed with a record of 21-4 overall and 15-3 in conference play. The Garnet dropped games to Dickinson, Muhlenberg, and Ursinus in a 17-day span, but swept the season series from Johns Hopkins and ended the year with three convincing wins. Swarthmore, which won the conference title in 2019, has played Johns Hopkins in the finals in each of the last three championship events. The Garnet are also just three years removed from a run to the national title game in 2019.   Ursinus owned the tiebreaker over Haverford for the fifth seed and took down Dickinson 73-67 in Tuesday’s first-round game. The Bears lost six of eight games in February, including each of their final three contests. However, one of those victories was a 95-86 win at Swarthmore on Feb. 8. Ursinus is 1-5 against the remaining conference playoff participants.  Championship History Johns Hopkins enters the weekend as the defending champion and has won five titles overall. Ursinus has claimed four championships with the last coming in 2008. Gettysburg’s final of three conference titles came the following year in 2009. Swarthmore has claimed both of its titles in the past five seasons.   Johns Hopkins is making its 20th appearance in the event and has advanced to the title game 12 times, including each of the previous three seasons. Swarthmore has reached the finals every year since 2016 and is making its eighth appearance overall. Gettysburg is in the event for the 16th time and has made six trips to the finals. Finally, Ursinus has made the CC playoffs 15 times and is a perfect 4-0 in the championship game.  Bullets Breakdown Gettysburg has scraped and clawed its way to the top tier of the conference through injuries, illness, and inexperience this season. The team has matured on a daily basis and hits the postseason confident and prepared for a run at the program’s first title in 13 years. A handful of early season setbacks could have derailed the up-and-coming Bullets, but the coaching staff and student-athletes kept pushing forward and find themselves on the precipice of a championship.   “Our culture is built on pounding the rock,” said Dunne. “Our only goal is to beat yesterday and to keep improving and that is what ‘Team 121’ did all season. We felt like as a group if we were able to put the team first, beat yesterday, bring the juice, compete, make every play count and appreciate the journey that we would have an opportunity to make the Centennial Conference Tournament.”   Gettysburg has not lost back-to-back games since the start of the calendar year and the Bullets won five of six games before a loss to Swarthmore last Saturday. The roster is completely devoid of postseason experience and more than half of the players are listed as freshmen.     “We have a special group,” Dunne stated. “There is a lot of love in our locker room. Our players are totally committed to each other and the scoreboard reflected that love 15 times this season. Talent matters, but culture wins and we believe our culture can beat anyone’s culture.”   Gettysburg ranks in the middle of the conference in most offensive categories, including points per game (5th, 67.6) and field-goal percentage (5th, 44.3%). The team also gets to the line often and has averaged a conference-best 22.1 free throw attempts over 18 league outings. The squad has shined on the defensive end of the floor, using its length and athleticism to lead the conference in blocked shots per game (5.7) and rank third in opponents’ field-goal percentage (40.7%). Gettysburg has also set a new program standard with 23 dunks this winter.   Point production has been spread across the team with seven players averaging more than five points per game. Leading the list is senior Avery Close (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville), who opted to take a gap year in 2020-21 to return for his final campaign. Close is the team leader with 12.5 points per game and is shooting 47.5 percent from the floor. The senior forward enters the postseason needing just 36 points to hit 1,000 for his career.   Junior Elijah Williams (Washington, D.C./Sidwell Friends) and sophomore Ryan McKeon (Landenburg, Pa./Sanford) have helped Close and senior Jack Rooney (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) give the team a strong foundation of experience. Williams has averaged 7.3 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game, while McKeon has arguably turned in the best defensive performance in the conference this winter. The 6-7 forward leads the CC in blocked shots per game at 2.2 to go with 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. The sharp-shooting Rooney has knocked down 18 three-pointers off the bench this season.   While the core of the team is built around a small group of upperclassmen, newcomers have seized leading roles within the game plan. Behind Close, each of Gettysburg’s next two leading scorers are freshmen in Carl Schaller (Garnet Valley, Pa./Garnet Valley) and Colin Farrell (Matawan, N.J./Christian Brothers Academy). Schaller has put up 12.2 points per game to go with 2.6 assists per game, while Farrell has averaged just under 10 points per game. Additionally, Rassoul Abakar (Cameroon/Notre Dame Fairfield (Conn.)), Jordan Stafford (Galloway, N.J./Saint Joseph Hammonton), and Akim Joseph (Port-au-Prince, Haiti/Notre Dame Fairfield (Conn.)) have all put up big games off the bench this season.   When Gettysburg won the CC title for the last time in 2009, they did it at Franklin & Marshall College with a lineup laden with experience. This time around, the Bullets have worked on team culture through adversity and unprecedented times, often learning important lessons on the fly during difficult and new situations on the court. The team heads into the postseason confident in its ability to compete and challenge for the conference trophy.   “We are grateful to be in the situation we are in,” said Dunne. “Basketball is a long season with lots of adversity, but our guys have fully embraced all the adversity that has come their way and found ways to win anyways. Our group has embraced the chase and loved the work and we have a lot of belief that we can dance.”   “In Baltimore this weekend we have to do what we have done all season – make every play count, come to compete, do your job, empty the tank and finish strong.” This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Track: Women’s Track & Field Competes at Susquehanna

Results SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s indoor track and field team competed at the Susquehanna Invitational on Saturday, racking up four top-10 finishes.     No team scoring was kept at the meet, which featured Division I, II, and III. Gettysburg’s Top Performers Giovanna Komst ’24 (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) Shot Put: 2nd (35-06.75 – ninth in program history) May Berger ’25 (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School) 5,000-Meter Run: 8th (20:08.49) Meet Highlights The 4×200-meter team of freshmen Lauren DiOttavio (Romansville, Pa./Downingtown West Campus), junior Anna Lopez (Lutherville Timonium, Md./Dulaney), sophomore Emily O’Hara (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown), and junior Lily Morrell (Frederick, Md./Urbana) finished fifth with a time of 1:55.21. Komst, who also competes on the Gettysburg softball team, set a personal-record in the shot put, tossing 35-06.75 to finish sixth among 50 competitors. Her mark now ranks ninth in program history. Sophomore Emma Bernstein (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley), freshmen Emily Trout (Ocean View, Del./Sussex Academy), O’Hara, and senior Georgia Larzelere (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) collected sixth-place in the 4×400-meter relay by clocking 4:26.42 among 16 competitors. In her first career 5,000-meter run, Berger claimed eighth-place by crossing the finish line in 20:08.49. Senior Ashlyn Booher (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) and sophomore Claira Royce (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) also competed in the event and placed 12th (20:23.28) and 14th (20:47.62), respectively. DiOttavio placed 12th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.25 out of 65 competitors. In the 3,000-meter run, Kathrin O’Brien (Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal) set a PR by 20 seconds to finish 14th among 33 runners with an 11:13.63 time. Sophomore Alexa Schauder (Cedar Knolls, N.J./Whippany Park) and junior Cassidy Callahan (Fitchburg, Mass./Oakmont Regional) both competed in the pole vault and cleared 9-00.25 to finish 13th and 15th, respectively. Coming Up Gettysburg picks up its schedule Feb. 26-27 at the Centennial Conference Indoor Championship, hosted by Ursinus College.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Swimming: Wojnar Brings Home Gold at CC Championship

Complete Results LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s swimming team picked up five medals on the final day of the Centennial Conference Swimming Championship, including a gold medal by senior Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) in the 200 backstroke.  2022 Centennial Conference Championship Team Standings Team Score Swarthmore 950.5 Gettysburg 597 Franklin & Marshall 509.5 Ursinus 493 Washington 339 Dickinson 282 Bryn Mawr 189 McDaniel 97   Event Winner GC Top Finisher 1650 Freestyle Missy Leonard, UC (17:37.33) 3. Lauren Manning (17:57.57) 200 Back Megan Wojnar, GC (1:06.85)   100 Free Sophie Lear, UC (51.10) 2. Ava Collin (52.14) 200 Breast Sophie Rotival, SC (2:21.83) 4. Olivia Pyott (2:23.86) 200 Butterfly Annaliese Chen, SC (2:05.54) 3. Annabel Gorman (2:09.91) 400 Free Relay Ursinus (3:29.48) 10. Gettysburg (3:38.75)  Meet Highlights Wojnar became Gettysburg’s first-ever back-to-back champion in the 200 backstroke and first repeat winner in the conference since Malena Lair Ferrari from Ursinus won four-straight titles from 2011-14. She accomplished the feat with a consistent race, building her way from the bottom third of the field up through the competition. She sat fourth at the halfway point and was third after 150 yards. Over the final 50 yards, Wojnar split 32.36 to pass by 100 back champ Erin Szuromi and Lexi Duffy from Swarthmore for the title. She finished one second ahead of the field at 2:06.85. Freshmen Ava Collin (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) and Mia Yancey (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) each secured their second individual medals of the meet in the 100 free. Collin, the bronze medalist in the 50 free, grabbed silver with the second-fastest time in program history at 52.14. Yancey, who finished third in the 200 free, finished right behind for the bronze with the third-fastest time at Gettysburg at 52.38. Juniors Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) and Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) secured their second career medals in the 1650 and 200 fly, respectively. The silver medalist in 2020, Manning grabbed the bronze this time around with a steady split pace in the high 32s that led to a finishing time of 17:57.57 in the 1650. Gorman earned her second-straight bronze in the 200 fly with a time of 2:09.91. Freshman Lindsay Blake (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) pulled off an impressive feat by swimming the 1650 and 200 back in back-to-back races. Swimming the 1650 for the first time in her collegiate career, Blake picked up the pace during the back half of the race and swept into the No. 4 position with a time of 18:06.16. Less than 30 minutes later, Blake was back in the pool for the finals of the 200 back. After posting a PR of 2:09.37 in the prelims, the first-year swimmer finished seventh at 2:12.85 in the finals. Senior Cate Kosko (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury East) and freshman Olivia Pyott (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) each made championship finals. Kosko closed out her individual career with a seventh-place finish (53.52) in the 100 free. Pyott narrowly missed a spot on the podium by 0.11 in the 200 breaststroke, finishing fourth overall with the fourth-fastest time in program history at 2:23.86. Sophomore Morgan Krepp (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) won the consolation heat of the 200 breast in 2:26.98. Gettysburg finished second overall in the team standings with 597 points. The Bullets posted a total of 11 medal-winning performances. Swarthmore won the team championship for the first time 2002. The Garnet set conference records for most points scored (950.5) and largest margin of victory (353.5). This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Basketball: Gettysburg Hosts 2022 CC Women’s Basketball Championship

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Gettysburg College will host the semifinals and finals of the 2022 Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Championship in Bream Gym on Feb. 25-26.  2022 CC Women’s Basketball Championship Schedule First Round: Feb. 22, 8 p.m. – Washington at Dickinson Semifinal: Feb. 25, 6 p.m. – First Round Winner at Gettysburg Semifinal: Feb. 25, 8 p.m. – Johns Hopkins vs. Haverford (at Gettysburg) Championship: Feb. 26, 6 p.m. – Semifinal Winners (at Gettysburg) Location: Bream Gym | Campus Map Tickets: $5 for adults $3 youth (13-18) No charge for children 12 and under FREE – students from participating schools with ID Game Program Live Video: Centennial Conference Digital Network Live Stats Indoor Spectator Masking Policy  Welcome to Gettysburg Gettysburg is serving as host of the CC Championship for the third time in the last four seasons and for the fourth time overall. That ties Muhlenberg College for the most hosted tournaments since the final four format was created in 2004.   “It’s always such an honor to be able to host the Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Championship,” said Head Coach Nate Davis, who led the Bullets to the title in 2018. “Not only is it amazing to try and win a conference championship in Bream Gymnasium in front of our home fans, it also is great recognition of a job well done by our players who put in the work during the regular season to earn this opportunity.”  How We Got Here Gettysburg clinched the top seed by posting a 19-1 record in conference play this season. Gettysburg has been in and out of the national rankings all season long and was perched in the No. 2 position in the latest regional rankings released by the NCAA. The Bullets have won at least 20 games in each of the last five seasons and are 22-3 overall this year.   Johns Hopkins University clinched the No. 2 seed with an 18-2 mark in conference play. The Blue Jays have won 17 of their last 18 games with only an overtime setback to Dickinson College keeping them from tying Gettysburg for the top spot. Johns Hopkins is 21-3 overall with eight of those wins coming by 10 points or less. Johns Hopkins is ranked fourth in the region.   Haverford College claimed the third seed with an 18-7 overall mark and a 14-6 record in conference play. The Fords have not lost to a conference foe other than Gettysburg and Johns Hopkins since late November. Among Haverford’s 14 wins in Centennial play, all but one came by double-figures.   Dickinson College secured the fourth seed and will host Washington College in the opening round game on Tuesday. The Red Devils enter the tournament with the longest winning streak in the conference at six games and are 14-10 overall, including 13-7 in the conference. Dickinson was 7-7 in conference play before running off wins over its last six foes, including a 62-54 overtime win against Johns Hopkins on Feb. 12.   Washington slid into the fifth and final playoff spot with a 16-9 overall record and a 12-8 mark in conference play. The Shorewomen posted four wins in a row late in the season before dropping their finale to Muhlenberg. Washington is making its first appearance in the postseason since 1999 and it will be its third showing overall.  Championship History Haverford enters the week as the two-time defending champ with titles coming at Gettysburg in 2019 and on its home court in 2020. The Fords have won three titles overall, one more than the host Bullets. Gettysburg won the Centennial crown when it hosted in 2013 and 2018 before falling in the finale to Haverford in both 2019 and 2020. The Bullets are making their 18th showing in the playoffs and have reached the final six times overall. Johns Hopkins owns four conference championships with the last coming in 2003. The Blue Jays are making their 24th appearance overall in the event. Dickinson is making its 12th appearance and is in search of its first title since winning the inaugural CC Championship event in 1994. Washington has never won the conference crown and has advanced to the semifinals twice.  Breaking Down the Bullets Gettysburg opened the year with a loss to Christopher Newport, but that has been the unbeaten and top-ranked Captains’ closest decision of the season to date. The Bullets were off and running after that, knocking off then No. 5 Messiah University 65-55 before putting down Johns Hopkins in the Centennial opener 67-58. After a semester-opening loss to Mary Washington, Gettysburg won its next 12 outings, including putting up 100 points against Bryn Mawr College. The Blue Jays ended the streak with a close decision inside Bream Gym on Feb. 10, but Gettysburg bounced back with three wins to end the regular season, including a 51-44 decision over Haverford.   The Bullets pace the conference in points per game (63.0), field goal percentage (.409), three-point percentage (.315), defensive rebounds per game (31.8), assists per game (14.2), and opponents’ field goal percentage (28.4). Gettysburg has held 14 opponents below 30 percent shooting from the field, including four that managed less than 20 percent.   Those team stats are indicative of the mentality instilled in Davis and his coaching staff and carried out by the student-athletes. Each game sees a different player seems to step into the spotlight in big moments and it’s propelled Gettysburg to the top of the conference.   “I think the thing that has separated us at times this year offensively has been our balance,” noted Davis, who is 131-32 in seven years at the helm. “We have been able to have different people step up each game for us both inside and out. Defensively, we have been able to hold our opponents to a low shooting percentage.  If we can continue to do that and we are able to win the rebounding battle, I like our chances. Overall, I expect there to be some great games and exciting finishes.”   Seniors Carly Rice (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School), Christina Richson (Summit, N.J./Summit), Mackenzie Tinner (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), and Avery Bennett (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) look for their first Centennial title after finishing runner-up in each of their first two seasons at Gettysburg. Rice and Richson have combined for 84 of the team’s 109 three-pointers this season. Rice is averaging a team-best 13.1 points per game and is on a hot streak heading into the postseason. Over her last six games, she is averaging 19.7 points per game and has knocked down 15 three-pointers. Richson has hit 36.4 percent of her shots from beyond the arc and is averaging 7.7 points per game.   Freshman guard Mackenzie Szlosek (Holtsville, N.Y./Sachem East) has filled the stat sheet this season and leads the team in assists (76) and steals (45), while ranking second in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and third in scoring (9.6 ppg).   Tinner has climbed to a double-figure scoring average with a late season surge which included a career-high 21 points against McDaniel in the final week of the season. She leads the conference in field goal percentage at 53.9 and she leads the team with 6.2 rebounds per game.   Sophomore Hannah Sauve (Enola, Pa./Cumberland Valley) has put up 5.5 points and 38 rebounds per game in her first year as a starter, while juniors Meghan Barbera (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) and Olivia Matto (Lancaster, Pa./Hill School), freshmen Delaney Donohoe (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge), and sophomore Caitlyn Priore (Holland, Pa./Germantown Academy) have contributed valuable minutes off the bench.   “We are looking forward to an exciting conference championship,” said Davis. “There was so much parity this season and some really strong teams earned the opportunity to compete this week. For our team, we will need to continue to be consistent and play good team basketball as we have done all season.” This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Track: Women’s Track & Field Competes at Susquehanna

Results SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s indoor track and field team competed at the Susquehanna Invitational on Saturday, racking up four top-10 finishes.     No team scoring was kept at the meet, which featured Division I, II, and III. Gettysburg’s Top Performers Giovanna Komst ’24 (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) Shot Put: 2nd (35-06.75 – ninth in program history) May Berger ’25 (Bel Air, Md./The John Carroll School) 5,000-Meter Run: 8th (20:08.49) Meet Highlights The 4×200-meter team of freshmen Lauren DiOttavio (Romansville, Pa./Downingtown West Campus), junior Anna Lopez (Lutherville Timonium, Md./Dulaney), sophomore Emily O’Hara (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown), and junior Lily Morrell (Frederick, Md./Urbana) finished fifth with a time of 1:55.21. Komst, who also competes on the Gettysburg softball team, set a personal-record in the shot put, tossing 35-06.75 to finish sixth among 50 competitors. Her mark now ranks ninth in program history. Sophomore Emma Bernstein (Bethlehem, Pa./Saucon Valley), freshmen Emily Trout (Ocean View, Del./Sussex Academy), O’Hara, and senior Georgia Larzelere (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) collected sixth-place in the 4×400-meter relay by clocking 4:26.42 among 16 competitors. In her first career 5,000-meter run, Berger claimed eighth-place by crossing the finish line in 20:08.49. Senior Ashlyn Booher (Boiling Springs, Pa./Boiling Springs) and sophomore Claira Royce (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) also competed in the event and placed 12th (20:23.28) and 14th (20:47.62), respectively. DiOttavio placed 12th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.25 out of 65 competitors. In the 3,000-meter run, Kathrin O’Brien (Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal) set a PR by 20 seconds to finish 14th among 33 runners with an 11:13.63 time. Sophomore Alexa Schauder (Cedar Knolls, N.J./Whippany Park) and junior Cassidy Callahan (Fitchburg, Mass./Oakmont Regional) both competed in the pole vault and cleared 9-00.25 to finish 13th and 15th, respectively. Coming Up Gettysburg picks up its schedule Feb. 26-27 at the Centennial Conference Indoor Championship, hosted by Ursinus College.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Swimming: 400 Medley Relay Seizes Silver, Bullets Climb Standings

Results LANCASTER, Pa. – Gettysburg College closed out the second day of the Centennial Conference Championship with a runner-up finish in the 400 medley relay. Freshman Ava Collin (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) added a bronze medal in the 50 free as the Bullets continued to climb up the team rankings at the conference meet.   Team Score Swarthmore 323.5 Ursinus 217 Gettysburg 210 Franklin & Marshall 207.5 Washington 145 Dickinson 124 Bryn Mawr 91 McDaniel 51   Event Winner GC Top Finisher 500 Free Missy Leonard, UC (5:03.36) 5. Lauren Manning (5:11.69) 200 IM Sophie Lear, UC (2:06.64) 4. Mia Yancey (2:09.40) 50 Free Sophie Lear, UC (23.65*) 3. Ava Collin (24.23) 400 Medley Relay Swarthmore (3:51.61) 2. Gettysburg (3:53.63) *Centennial Conference Record, Championship Meet Record, NCAA B Cut  Meet Highlights Gettysburg qualified two swimmers in the final two races of the 500 freestyle. Senior Megan Wojnar (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) finished third in the B final and 11th overall with a time of 5:16.28, shaving more than four seconds off of her prelim time. Junior Lauren Manning (West Hartford, Conn./Conard) qualified for the A final for the second time in her career and finished fifth at 5:11.69. Three Bullets set new personal standards in the finals of the 200 IM. Freshman Mia Yancey (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) raced home in 29.79 over her final 50 to finish fourth with a time of 2:09.40, which lifted her into No. 2 on Gettysburg’s all-time list. Junior Annabel Gorman (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) also qualified for the championship final and finished eighth with a personal record 2:11.38. In the consolation race, sophomore Morgan Krepp (Dallas, Texas/Ursuline Academy) shaved three seconds off of her prelim time to finish 11th overall at 2:11.11. That time lifted Krepp into sixth on the program’s list. Collin produced Gettysburg’s first individual medal of the meet with a third-place finish in the 50 free. After improving her season best in the prelims, Collin went even lower at 24.23 in the championship heat, which boosted her into fifth on Gettysburg’s list. Sophomore Natalie Wisniewski (Summit, N.J./Summit) finished second in the B final and 10th overall with a personal best 24.64, while senior Cate Kosko (Yardley, Pa./Pennsbury East) was one spot behind at 24.75. The Bullets finished second in both final heats of the 400 medley relay. In the A final, freshman Lindsay Blake (Chester Springs, Pa./Downingtown East) put Gettysburg in strong position with an opening 58.73 in the backstroke. That time marked the fourth-fastest 100 yard back in program history. Freshman Olivia Pyott (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township) and Gorman kept the Bullets within striking distance before Collin did her best to try to catch Swarthmore. The Gettysburg first-year clocked a 51.45 split over the final 100 yards as the team finished two seconds behind Swarthmore at 3:53.64. That time marked the second-fastest in school history.  Next Up The action picks up Saturday morning with preliminary heats of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back at 10 a.m. The top 16 in each event will advance to the finals set for 6 p.m. Saturday night. Saturday’s evening session will kick off with the 200 free relay. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Soccer: Women’s Soccer Partners with Universal Promise

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s soccer team is partnering with a non-profit called Universal Promise to build a playground for 500 children in rural South Africa. For over six years, the Bullets have been involved with the Universal Promise, a non-profit organization started in 2011 by Martha Cummings, an alumna of Bryn Mawr College. During those years, the Bullets have donated uniforms, soccer balls, warmups, shoes, and other equipment to the girls, boys, women, and men to wear for netball and soccer tournaments in South Africa.   “I passionately believe in giving back,” said head coach Matt Garrett. “Specifically to a game that has given me, and the team, so much in our lives. In 2021, the Bullets joined forces with Cummings to help raise money to build a brand new playground for the children at St. Ignatius Primary School in South Africa. The hope is to include a major playground apparatus, a climbing bridge and wall of tires, a balance area, two slides, a seesaw, a miniature field and goals, a miniature netball court, a pergola to protect the children from the sun, and picnic tables. Gettysburg’s goal is to raise $20,000. To help with the fundraising efforts, the Bullets are selling t-shirts and bracelets at all the home sporting events and in the College Union Building on campus. The price for a t-shirt is $20, $10 for a bracelet, or you can combine one of each item for $25. If you would like to purchase one or both items but are unable to do it in person, please email Coach Garrett at mgarrett@gettysburg.edu. In addition, the team is also doing a 5K on April 24 on campus, with a time to be determined. All the proceeds will go directly to Universal Promise.  Senior Paige Merz (Kensington, Md./St. John’s College), junior Grace Slevin (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox), and sophomore Jayne McGrath (Lawrenceville, N.J./The Pennington School) are spearheading this program project for the Bullets with their eyes set on being able to take a team trip down to South Africa in the future.  Universal Promise’s stated mission is to “provide individuals and institutions in underserved regions with the academic resources needed to ensure educational and career opportunities that will promote just, civil, and hopeful societies.” “Being a head coach of the Gettysburg women’s soccer program and father to two daughters, it is an important message to me to promote female equality, strength, and independence through soccer,” said Garrett. “Everyone in the world should be given an equal opportunity in life.” If you would like to donate, please click here.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Lacrosse: 2022 Women’s Lacrosse Season Preview

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Missing out on the postseason amidst the tumult of a shortened season last spring has only increased the drive and desire for the Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team as it gets ready to open the 2022 campaign this weekend.   For the first time since 2001, the NCAA Division III Championship went without the good name of Gettysburg. The Bullets finished second to Franklin & Marshall College in the shortened Centennial Conference regular season and the lack of competitions on its schedule left the Orange and Blue on the outside of the national playoff field.   With a full schedule of games against top-notch competition ahead, the Bullets are ready to charge into the season head on and remain intent on reclaiming their spot among the nation’s elite according to Head Coach Carol Cantele ’83.     “The 2022 squad has a Centennial Conference title, NCAA bid, and final four participation on their list of goals and expectations,” noted Cantele, who sports a record of 427-111 in 29 years at Gettysburg. “However, they will remain focused on the HERE and NOW and plan to bring it each day! They have been doing a great job so far of living in the moment and being where their feet are.”    Cantele, who was inducted into the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Hall of Fame in the fall, has led Gettysburg to three national championships (2011, 2017, 2018) and a league-record 12 conference titles. Gettysburg has appeared in the NCAA playoffs 19 times since 2000, including seven trips to the final four. Associate Coach Barb Jordan has been along for the majority of the run, working alongside Cantele since 2003, while Assistant Coach Charlotte Cunningham heads into her fourth season with the Bullets.   The coaching staff will focus on preparing a robust roster of 38 student-athletes for the trials and tribulations of a collegiate lacrosse season. Only the six members of the senior class – Cecily Stabler (Summit, N.J./Summit), Julia Horner (Leesburg, Va./Rock Ridge), Nora Janzer (Havertown, Pa./Haverford), Maddi Seibel (Newtown, Pa./Pennington School), Caroline Keenaghan (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), and Caroline Regan (New Rochelle, N.Y./Ursuline School) – have played a complete full season with both 2020 and 2021 shortened due to the pandemic. Last spring, Gettysburg sported a record of 5-1 overall.   “Our intasquad scrimmage this past Saturday looked very promising,” Cantele stated. “We will work on developing a solid chemistry this upcoming week with our starters and reserves so they feel confident and ready for our opener this Saturday. It was a very fast preseason.”  Attack The offense took a heavy hit with the loss of Kerry McKeever ’21 and Bri Stokes ’21, who combined for 60 points in six games last season. As a team, the Bullets averaged over 17 goals per game and connected on 54.2 percent of their shot attempts. Junior Katie Fullowan (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) had a breakout season with 16 goals and was named All-CC First Team in 2021. Sophomore Jordan Basso (Rye, N.Y./Rye) was a second-team all-league selection after totaling 13 goals and 13 assists and tying Fullowan for second on the team with 17 draw controls. Seibel and Keenaghan give the coaching staff added experience and reliability on the attack, while several newcomers have shown promise in filling the gaps left by the graduating class.  Midfield Sophomore Caroline Sullivan (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) heads an extremely deep midfield unit for the Bullets. Sullivan was tagged CC Rookie of the Year, All-CC First Team, and All-Metro Region First Team last season after filling the stat sheet with nine goals, six assists, nine ground balls, six draw controls, and four caused turnovers in six games. The midfield features the most experience on the field with Regan, juniors Kelly O’Connor (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) and Gabi Connor (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield), and sophomore Regan Rightmire (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown STEM Academy) all appearing in at least five games last season and each contributing multiple goals.    Defense Janzer, junior goalie Shannon Twill (Warren, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional), and junior defender Kaitlyn Bergen (Millstone, N.J./Allentown) anchor the backfield. Twill garnered first-team all-conference and second-team all-region honors in her first year as the starting goalie after finishing with a goals against average of 7.27 and save percentage of .568. Janzer has emerged as one of the top defenders in the league and put up five ground balls and a team-best six caused turnovers in 2021. Bergen took over a starting role as a sophomore and produced two caused turnovers and two ground balls. Sophomore Annie Nikolic (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) has emerged as a potential contributor on the defensive side and freshman Lily Macatee (Street, Md./Harford), whose older sister Claire was an All-American in 2020, should see time on the turf as well.  Schedule After being limited to conference games only in 2021, Gettysburg has resumed its challenging gauntlet against non-conference and conference foes alike in 2022. Gettysburg, which is ranked ninth in the IWLCA Preseason Poll, will battle seven national playoff participants and eight teams that finished among the top 20 in 2021. Three of those foes – Denison University, Salisbury University, and Tufts University – advanced to the NCAA semifinals.   The nationally-ranked teams the Bullets will battle include No. 1 Salisbury, No. 2 Tufts, No. 5 Washington and Lee University, No. 7 Franklin & Marshall, No. 8 Messiah College, No. 10 TCNJ, No. 12 Denison University, and No. 18 York (Pa.) College. Following the season opener against Stevenson University, Gettysburg will play six consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents.   The challenging non-conference schedule is preparation for the team’s run at a 13th Centennial Conference championship, which begins on March 26 against Haverford College. The Bullets face rival F&M on April 20 at Clark Field. The two teams have won every Centennial title since 2002.   “They are looking forward to a full season of games and know that our early slate of competitors will have an impact on the conference schedule,” said Cantele. “We have one of, if not the, toughest schedules in D3 and the team will be ready to compete and win each moment.”  CC Preseason Poll Gettysburg finished just two points shy of Franklin & Marshall for the top spot in the CC Preseason Poll. The Diplomats grabbed six first-place votes and 78 total points, while the Bullets nabbed the remaining four first-place votes and 76 total points. Washington College, coached by former Gettysburg assistant Kate Fowler, was third in the poll with 64 points. Dickinson College (51) and Haverford College (50) rounded out the top five.   1 Franklin & Marshall 78 (6) 2 Gettysburg 76 (4) 3 Washington 64 4 Dickinson 51 5 Haverford 50 6 McDaniel 38 7 Muhlenberg 32 8 Swarthmore 27 9 Ursinus 25 10 Bryn Mawr 9  Season Opener Gettysburg begins its season at home against Stevenson University on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. The Bullets have not dropped the season opener since a 16-10 loss to Mary Washington in 2000. Spectators are welcome to Clark Field and masks are not required outdoors. The game will also feature live video and live stats. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Women’s Golf: Women’s Golf Announces Spring Schedule

GETTYSBURG, Pa.  – After capturing the final fall tournament with a win, the Gettysburg College women’s golf team will look to build on that success as the Bullets announce their 2022 spring slate.   In the fall, the Orange and Blue competed in six individual events. The squad claimed its first tournament win of the season in the final fall event out of five teams at its home invite. Junior Caroline Kurtt (Denver, Colo./Clovis [Calif.]) paced the Bullets with a scoring average of 87.8 through five rounds and finished as the team’s top golfer at three events.   Gettysburg opens its spring season at the McDaniel College Spring Invite hosted at The Bridges Golf Club in nearby Abbottstown, Pa., on March 26-27. During the fall, Gettysburg placed second at the Green Terror invite.   The following weekend (April 2-3), the Bullets host their lone event at the Hanover Country Club. At the Bullets fall home event, the team captured the title with three players placing in the top 10.   On April 10-11, the Orange and Blue will make the short drive to compete at the York Invite at the Regents Glen Country Club. The Spartans captured their first Middle Atlantic Conference Tournament championship in 2021, edging Stevenson University by eight shots.   The Bullets wrap up the regular season by competing in the one-day event at the Dickinson Spring Invitational hosted at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course. In September, Gettysburg finished third among eight teams at the Red Devils event.   The Centennial Conference Championship is set to take place at the HoneyBrook Golf Course from April 30–May 1. The Bullets have won a conference-best 10 titles and have placed as runner-ups five times since the CC championship started in 2001. Gettysburg claimed nine-straight conference crowns from 2011-19 but was one of four squads in 2021 without the minimum number of golfers to qualify for a team score. The CC champion will receive the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III Championship on May 10-13 at the Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Wrestling: Kowalski Named CC Rookie of the Year

2022 All-CC Wrestling Team LANCASTER, Pa. – Sophomore Luke Kowalski ’24 (Derwood, Md./Saint John’s College) was named the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year in wrestling and junior Eric Mougalian (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) and senior Ray Martin (Downingtown, Pa./West Chester Henderson) each earned spots on the all-conference team it was announced on Friday, Feb. 18.   Kowalski was named the conference’s top newcomer after posting a 26-6 overall record and a third-place finish at 133 at the CC Championship. Half of the sophomore’s losses came against nationally-ranked opposition and he went 7-0 against Centennial grapplers during the regular season. Kowalski has posted 10 pins and eight major decisions and joins Paul Triandafilou ’19 as the only Gettysburg wrestlers to earn the top rookie award in the conference.   Mougalian grabbed his first all-conference award after winning the conference title at 149 pounds. The junior upended two opponents he had lost to during the regular season and beat Justin Valdoria from Johns Hopkins University 10-6 in the finals. His performance landed him recognition as CC Most Outstanding Wrestler. On the season, Mougalian has compiled a 17-14 record with four pins.   Martin was tagged honorable mention all-conference following a runner-up finish at 165 pounds. The Gettysburg senior blew through his first two foes by fall (0:58) and decision (6-0) before falling to third-ranked Dominick Reyes, who was also named the CC Wrestler of the Year on Friday. Martin is 28-6 overall with 13 pins on the year.   Additionally, junior Brendan Loder (Westfield, N.J./Westfield) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. A team captain this season, Loder is 13-16 overall at 197 pounds.   Gettysburg will send a contingent of competitors to the Futures Tournament at Muhlenberg College on Sunday, Feb. 20 before competing at the NCAA Division III Southeast Regional Championship at Lycoming College on Feb. 25-26. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Mens’ Swimming: Men’s Swimming Lowers Marks on Day Two of CC Championship

Results LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior Duncan Proxmire (McLean, Va./Langley) secured the silver medal in the 500 free and was one of a slew of Bullets to lower personal standards on day two of the Centennial Conference Championship at Franklin & Marshall College.   Team Score Franklin & Marshall 309.5 Swarthmore 299 Gettysburg 224.5 Ursinus 151 Washington 133 Dickinson 116 McDaniel 72   Event Winner GC Top Finisher 500 Free Ben Freeman, SC (4:31.62) 2. Duncan Proxmire (4:32.64) 200 IM Andrew Karpenko, SC (1:49.18) 4. Sam Nonemaker (1:51.89) 50 Free Chris Schiavone, F&M (20.21) T10. Cort Hobelmann (21.45) 400 Medley Relay Franklin & Marshall (3:17.34*) 4. Gettysburg (3:24.47) *Centennial Conference Record, Championship Meet Record, NCAA Qualifying Time  Meet Highlights Half of the championship final in the 500 free featured returning finalists from the 2020 meet and those veterans dueled with several newcomers in McGinness Pool. Eventually Proxmire and Swarthmore College’s Ben Freeman went head-to-head over the final 100 yards with the Garnet sophomore pulling in front of the Gettysburg senior for the win at 4:31.62. Proxmire’s time of 4:32.64 marked a personal best by 0.04 seconds. Also in the final heat, sophomore Luke McKenna (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford Area) sliced another two seconds off his PR from the prelims and vaulted into fourth on Gettysburg’s all-time list with a time of 4:38.28. The 200 IM witnessed five Gettysburg swimmers lower their personal standards and rise up the program list. Senior Sam Nonemaker (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg) missed a medal by just 0.01 with a fourth-place effort of 1:51.89. Nonemaker posted 25.01 over his final 50 yards and reaffirmed his No. 2 spot on Gettysburg’s list. Senior Oliver Pickering (Millburn, N.J./Millburn) also competed in the A final and lowered his personal standard by over a second at 1:53.61 on the way to a seventh-place showing. His time is tied for third in program history. Sophomore Charlie Cross (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) and freshmen Mason Dillon (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) and Luca Tolino (New Market, Md./Oakdale) all climbed up Gettysburg’s list. Cross moved into fifth in the top 10 at 1:53.81, while Dillon grabbed seventh and Tolino took ninth with times of 1:54.91 and 1:56.48, respectively. The trio finished 10th, 11th, and 12th overall in the 200 IM. Freshman Cort Hobelmann (Nashville, Tenn./Owensboro Catholic) and sophomore Hunter Sundlun (Richmond, Va./Saint Christopher’s School) just missed making the A final in the 50 free after finishing ninth and 11th, respectively, during the preliminary heats. Hobelmann tied for 10th overall at 21.45, while Sundlun placed 13th at 21.68. The Bullets closed the meet with the fifth-fastest time in program history on the way to a fourth-place showing in the 400 medley relay. Junior Nick Cox (Purcellville, Va./Ponte Vedra) lowered his personal standard in the 100 back with a lead-off split of 50.11, which ranks second in program history. Sophomore Declan Sheeran (McLean, Va./McLean) and Nonemaker followed before Sundlun touched the wall with a final time of 3:24.47. Franklin & Marshall won the race and set a new conference standard with a time of 3:17.34.  Next Up The action picks up Saturday morning with preliminary heats of the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, and 100 back at 10 a.m. The top 16 in each event will advance to the finals set for 6 p.m. Saturday night. Saturday’s evening session will kick off with the 200 free relay. This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

Men’s Lacrosse: 2022 Men’s Lacrosse Season Preview

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – It is the dawn of a new era in men’s lacrosse at Gettysburg College with a new coaching staff looking to lead the Bullets to the top of the Centennial Conference and into the national playoffs this spring.  Peter Toner was named the program’s new mentor following the retirement of long-time head coach Hank Janczyk following the 2021 campaign. Toner is just the fourth head coach since 1969 and inherits one of the most successful lacrosse programs in Division III history, which includes 26 NCAA Division III Championship appearances, 11 trips to the national semifinals, and 21 total conference titles. Toner and assistant coaches Erik Holt and Nick Cardile plan to keep the Bullets in contention for both conference and national recognition.     “I think this team has some lofty goals in both the conference and nationally and has been putting in a lot of hard work to maximize every opportunity we have to compete this spring,” said Toner, who spent the previous 11 years on the coaching staff at Penn State University. “We’ve had great leadership by our captains and upperclassmen and everyone is fully buying into our team culture. I believe it will allow us to achieve many of the goals we have set forth as a team.”   In the shortened 2021 season, Gettysburg posted a record of 4-2 and tied for second in the Centennial Conference behind Franklin & Marshall College. The lack of games on the schedule kept the Bullets out of the national playoffs for just the sixth time since 1989.   The coaching staff has worked hard through the fall and into preseason shaping a robust roster that includes a mix of experience, talent, and relative youth. Some student-athletes have competed in each of the last three years, while others are stepping onto the turf in a competitive environment for the first time in almost two years. With 60-plus players, Toner and his coaching staff have sought to bring the team together through a range of activities, both on and off the field.   “We had a great fall in the classroom and in the community and are excited to build on that momentum during the season as we take the field,” said the head coach. “The team and staff spent a ton of time this fall focusing on relationship building with so many new faces. We really tried to emphasize the importance of being a great teammate in all situations and tried to provide as many visuals as we could to these guys about what that looks like.   “We talk to these guys on a daily basis about our ability to maximize our potential as a team and to control what we can control and that will continue to guide us through the spring as coaches and players.”  Offense The offense will welcome back a number of proven goal scorers. Topping the list is junior midfielder Kyle Howard (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery), who was first-team All-CC and honorable mention All-America in 2021. Howard posted 11 goals and eight assists in six contests last season, including a nine-point outburst against Washington. Senior Kieran Ward (Malvern, Pa./Malvern Prep) was tagged second-team all-conference after notching a team-high 25 points and 15 assists to go with 10 goals. Junior McCain Wnek (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) tallied eight goals in his first season after transferring from Furman University, while junior Aidan Wykoff (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) and senior Connor Hume (Elkridge, Md./Loyola Blakefield) each lit the lamp seven times in 2021. Senior Griffin Gallagher (Ardmore, Pa./Shipley School) and sophomore Quinton Mather (Avon, Conn./Avon Old Farms) were also multiple-goal scorers a year ago.   Senior Spencer Knife (Venice, Calif./Winston Churchill) will look to be a major contributor after playing in just one game in his first two seasons at Gettysburg. The transfer from Towson University scored a goal and assist in his first game of 2020 before suffering a season-ending injury. Also returning to the fold are juniors George Raymond (Darien, Conn./Suffield Academy) and Connor Koch (Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy). Both Raymond and Koch scored three goals in the shortened 2020 season with the latter netting the overtime game-winner against No. 9 York (Pa.) College. Another newcomer taking the field for the first time will be sophomore Ryan Cernuto (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan).  Defense The Bullets took a hit defensively with the graduation of All-American Andrew Horn, all-conference defenseman Pat Cosgrove, and three-year starter PJ Dettor. It will be a new-look defensive backfield in front of senior goalie Scott MacMillan (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga). MacMillan was first-team All-CC in 2019 and was tagged Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by Inside Lacrosse this spring. For his career, he has logged a record of 18-6 with a goals against average of 9.23 and a save percentage of .549.   Among the returners, junior Zack Kinsella (Annapolis, Md./Severn School) saw time in all six games and tallied two goals while leading the squad with 28 ground balls. Senior Nate Capriglione (New Milford, Conn./New Milford) and juniors Zack Puckhaber (Mahopac, N.Y./Mahopac) and Michael Zima (Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge) appeared in nearly every game a year ago, while Tate Kienzle (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) played in all 19 games in 2019, totaling 14 ground balls and four caused turnovers.    Juniors Dominic Yorio (Summit, N.J./Summit) and Declan Harrigan (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) will be looking for increased playing time after playing in a few outings two years ago and the coaching staff expects immediate contributions from several newcomers, including freshmen Andy Marquet (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), Thomas Ciccarone (Wayne, Pa./Conestoga), and Frank Barbera (Chatham, N.J./Chatham).  Face-Offs Gettysburg won 56.8 percent of its face-offs last season with All-American Alex Ulrich ’21 winning over 60 percent of his attempts. With Ulrich gone, the duties will go to senior Joe Persche (Summit, N.J./Summit) and junior Jonathan Moshe (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Earl L. Vandermuelen). Moshe was Ulrich’s back-up a year ago and won 15-of-32 attempts over five games. Persche had some big games as a first-year, including winning 17 face-offs and grabbing 10 ground balls against McDaniel in 2019. Over his career, he has won 57.4 percent of his face-offs.  Schedule The pandemic limited Gettysburg to just a total of 13 games over the last two seasons. This spring, the team will hit the turf for a total of 17 regular-season outings, including match ups with six teams ranked among the top 20 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Preseason Coaches’ Poll.   Gettysburg, which enters the regular season ranked 16th in the national poll, will take on No. 2 Salisbury University, No. 4 York (Pa.) College, No. 5 Christopher Newport University, No. 8 Franklin & Marshall College, No. 13 Stevenson University, and No. 20 Amherst College this season. The games with Stevenson, F&M, and York will all take place on the friendly turf of Shirk Field.   The run through top-tier non-conference opposition will help strengthen Gettysburg’s approach to the competitive Centennial slate. The Bullets have gone without a conference title since winning back-to-back crowns in 2015 and 2016. The Orange and Blue have finished runner-up in each of the four seasons since its last crown.   “We have one of the toughest schedules in the country which we are all really excited about,” Toner stated. “We’ve got some great opportunities both here and on the road to compete and measure ourselves against several of the top-ranked teams in the country and it will no doubt help to shape us as we move through the season. The Centennial Conference looks to be as competitive as ever and we will need these hard fought games and lessons to prepare us for the Centennial gauntlet.”  CC Preseason Poll Gettysburg finished in the runner-up spot in the coaches’ preseason ballot. The Bullets totaled 52 first-place votes and finished behind defending champ Franklin & Marshall, which accumulated 63 points and seven first place votes. Muhlenberg and Dickinson scooped up the remaining first-place votes to finish third and fifth, respectively, while Ursinus slide between the Mules and Red Devils at No. 4.   1 Franklin & Marshall 63 (7) 2 Gettysburg 52 3 Muhlenberg 47 (1) 4 Ursinus 46 5 Dickinson 42 (1) 6 Swarthmore 23 7 Washington 22 8 Haverford 20 9 McDaniel 9  Season Opener Gettysburg begins its season at home against Eastern University on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. The Bullets have won 16 consecutive season openers dating back to 2006 and the team owns a perfect 8-0 record against the Eagles all-time. Spectators are welcome to Shirk Field at Musselman Stadium and masks are not required outdoors. The game will also feature live video and live stats.   This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.