Gettysburg Blasts Bowdoin to Claim Div. III Title

Pruitt finished with three goals and one assist and senior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) and sophomore Lindsay Menton (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg Country School) each tallied one goal, the latter adding one helper as well. Junior defender Lexi Kelly (Ridley Park, Pa./Agnes Irwin) posted two caused turnovers and two ground balls and senior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) logged three ground balls.

Coleman finished with 20 saves combined in the semifinal and championship games for Gettysburg. Senior Laura McIntyre (Glenmoore, Pa./Coatesville) closed out the final minutes of the championship win.

“I've never cried happy tears before and that was the first time I cried happy tears,” said Lutz. “Everything that I've done in my life in sports has led up to this moment. It's up there with one of the most momentous moments in my life that I will always look back on and remember. I couldn't be prouder of my team. I couldn't be happier with the teammates I got to play with and the coaches I got to have. It just really ended my college career really nicely.”

“I think it means an incredible amount to the three seniors,” said Cantele. “I think that Becky Lutz put it together well. It's wonderful to end the season with a win, because then you can still be celebrating. It's almost like something that will never end because it's going to be hers and theirs forever. We're nothing but smiles because they finished their work and in a fun, fine fashion. I think they're going to just keep smiling, and it doesn't end for them.”

Gettysburg dominated the game statistically with more shots (27-19), ground balls (17-13), and draw controls (13-10). The 11-goal differential was the biggest in the national title game since TCNJ defeated William Smith 29-11 in 1994.

Carolyn Gorejek and Katy Dissinger, the latter earning All-Tournament recognition, each tossed in a pair of goals for the Polar Bears. Tara Connolly was tabbed All-Tournament after posting five saves in goal.

“I just would say the whole season's been an absolute joy,” said Cantele. “From the hard work and crazy weather, we made light of so many things while we were doing serious work. That's a tough combination to have the camaraderie and joy amongst a very driven task at hand. I think that this group more than any group I've seen knew how to strike that balance of having fun and working, and having a goal. That's what I will remember most – their ability to enjoy what they're doing, and at the same time getting it done.”

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GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – Bowdoin's thrilling run in the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament came to a disappointing end on Sunday in the Division III Championship game as the Polar Bears fell 16-5 to Gettysburg. Bowdoin finishes its best season in program history with a record of 18-4. The Bullets win their first NCAA title and finish the year with a record of 19-4.

Dissinger and Carolyn Gorajek had two goals apiece in the loss for the Polar Bears while Connolly made five saves. Liz Clegg had the other Bowdoin score. Hannah Church, the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored a game-high five goals and three assists. Kelsey Markiewicz added four goals and two assist for the Bullets, who also got three goals from Loren Pruitt. Bowdoin had a trio of players named to the All-Tournament team, led by the lone seniors on the team- co-captains Ingrid Oelschlager and Katy Dissinger- as well as goaltender Tara Connolly.

The Bullets raced to an early 5-0 advantage in the first 8:13 as Church sparked the run with two goals and an assist. Bowdoin was able to break into the column with a score from Gorajek at 20:16, spinning around a defender to make it 5-1. Gettysburg answered with a 6-0 run, keyed by two goals from #22, to push the clock into running time with an 11-1 advantage. Gorajek's second goal, a free-position shot with 49 ticks left before halftime cut the margin to 11-2 at the break. Gettysburg's 11 goals were the most scored by a Polar Bear opponent all season.

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