Cantele Wins 300th as No. 4 Gettysburg Routs McDaniel

GETTYSBURG, Pa. Carol Cantele '83 became just the seventh women's lacrosse coach in NCAA history to win 300 games as No. 4 Gettysburg remained perfect in Centennial Conference play with a 17-3 victory over McDaniel Wednesday night at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (9-1, 5-0 CC) was fired up over the prospect of claiming win No. 300 on the home turf as the team exploded for the first 11 goals of the game, all in the first half. The defensive effort was equally strong, holding McDaniel (4-7, 1-4 CC) to just 13 shots in the game and forcing 22 turnovers.

Cantele, a two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Coach of the Year, joins an elite group of lacrosse coaches that includes Navy's Cindy Timchal (406 wins), The College of New Jersey's Sharon Pfluger (396), William Smith College's Pate Genovese (379), Middlebury College's Missy Foote (368), Princeton University's Chris Sailer (318), and Tufts University's Carol Rappoli (308).

"The credit goes to all the teams and players over the past twenty years," said Cantele, who is now 300-112 in her career as a lacrosse coach. "In addition, Gettysburg College is a fantastic institution that attracts quality student-athletes. They are athletes that are willing to train hard, prepare to compete and compete to win."

Cantele has posted a record of 276-89 in 20 seasons at the helm of Gettysburg's program. Prior to joining the Bullets in 1993, she went 24-23 in her first coaching stint at Plymouth State University.

Eleven different Bullets found the back of the net on Wednesday. Senior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) and freshman Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) led the way with three scores apiece, while sophomores Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) each posted two goals. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) stopped nine shots over the first 52 minutes of action.

Despite the milestone lurking in the back of everyone's mind, the Bullets turned in their best opening half of the season. The team out-shot McDaniel 23-5 and caused the Green Terror transition to go just 6 of 15 on clear attempts in the first period.

The Gettysburg attack was flowing as well with Kenny starting the action 42 seconds in. Church gave the team a 7-0 lead on a free-position shot at 19:54 and Kenny closed the scoring with her third goal at 10:03 to spot the hosts to an 11-0 lead heading into halftime.

After McDaniel scored the opening goal of the second period, the Bullets tacked on five more goals, including the first collegiate scores by freshmen Katie Cheyne (Manchester, Md./North Carroll) and Taylor Lawlor (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga).

Markiewicz and junior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) each collected five draw controls for Gettysburg. Senior Lexi Kelly (Ridley Park, Pa./Agnes Irwin) paced the defensive effort with three caused turnovers, while junior Kat Nestor (Darien, Conn./Darien) logged three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Gettysburg caps a three-game home-stand against Ursinus College this Saturday, April 7, at 1:00 p.m.

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. No. 4 Gettysburg raced out to an 11-0 halftime lead en route to a 17-3 Centennial Conference (CC) women's lacrosse victory over McDaniel on Wednesday.

Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) scored two times for the Green Terror (4-7, 1-4 CC) in a 1-minute, 18-second span.

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