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David Sinclair
Senior Steph Colson was named Brine/US Lacrosse Division III Women's Preseason Player of the Year (Photo by David Sinclair).

Women's Lacrosse

Colson, Gettysburg Recognized by Lax Magazine

Senior midfielder named D3 Preseason Player of the Year

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The opening draw has yet to be taken in the 2019 season and already senior midfielder Steph Colson (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley) is racking up awards as she was named the Brine/US Lacrosse Division III Women's Preseason Player of the Year. Not only will Gettysburg feature the top player heading into the spring, but the Bullets were also tagged No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Poll.
 
It's hard to argue against Colson's selection as the top player in the land coming off an incredible 2018 campaign. Last spring, she took home nearly every conceivable piece of hardware in women's lacrosse, including Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Player of the Year, Midfielder of the Year, All-America First Team, and All-Metro Region First Team. Colson was named Most Valuable Player of the 2018 national title game and earned the status as the Honda D3 Athlete of the Year in women's lacrosse. She was also a first-team All-Centennial Conference selection.
 
Colson's junior campaign included a school and conference record 140 draw controls, 50 goals, 26 assists, 53 ground balls, and 25 caused turnovers. In the national title game against fourth-ranked Middlebury College, she tallied a goal, three assists, and nine draw controls on the way to being named championship MVP for the second year in a row.
 
Gettysburg was tabbed No. 1 in a preseason poll for the second time this winter. The Bullets were tagged to the top spot in the preseason ballot published in Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook in December.
 
The College of New Jersey, Middlebury College, Wesleyan (Conn.) University, and Amherst College completed the top five in the US Lacrosse poll.
 
Gettysburg ran its way all the way to the national title for the second year in a row. The Bullets took down 10 teams that finished among the top 20 in the final national poll and clipped Middlebury 11-9 in the title game. Gettysburg also captured its conference record 11th Centennial Conference title in 2018.
 
Colson is joined by a strong returning group of players that includes classmates and IWLCA All-Metro Region honorees Bailey Pilder (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and Brooke Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep) and All-CC performer Courtney Patterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional). In all, the team returns 24 players from 2018, including eight with starting experience.
 
Head Coach Carol Cantele enters her 27th season at Gettysburg's helm. Cantele, who was named Division III Coach of the Year for the fourth time in 2018, is 399-107 (.789) with the Bullets and has led the team to three national championships, 11 conference titles, and 17 consecutive NCAA appearances. She is also one of just four NCAA coaches to eclipse 400 career wins and owns a mark of 423-130 (.765) over 30 seasons.
 
Gettysburg opens the regular season at home against Messiah College on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m.
 
2019 Nike/US Lacrosse Division III Women's Preseason Top 20
No. School Rec. Next
1 Gettysburg 0-0 2/20 No. 19 Messiah
2 TCNJ 0-0 2/23 Neumann
3 Middlebury 0-0 3/2 Bates
4 Wesleyan 0-0 3/2 at Williams
5 Amherst 0-0 3/2 Colby
6 Mary Washington 0-0 2/16 No. 14 Washington & Lee
7 Tufts 0-0 3/2 at Hamilton
8 York 0-0 2/20 Washington College
9 Franklin & Marshall 0-0 2/23 at No. 14 Washington & Lee
10 Salisbury 0-0 2/16 Stevenson
11 Cortland 0-0 3/2 at No. 15 Ithaca
12 Bowdoin 0-0 3/2 at Connecticut College
13 Trinity 0-0 3/7 at Skidmore
14 Washington & Lee 0-0 2/16 at No. 6 Mary Washington
15 Ithaca 0-0 2/23 at Nazareth
16 William Smith 0-0 2/27 Geneseo
17 St. John Fisher 0-0 2/23 Rochester
18 Catholic 0-0 2/24 No. 10 Salisbury
19 Messiah 0-0 2/16 at Scranton
20 Colorado College 0-0 3/8 at Chapman
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