GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team ended the 2018 campaign exactly how it started it as the Bullets were selected No. 1 in the final Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III Coaches Poll.
Gettysburg (21-2) was selected as the preseason favorite to win the national title and spent six weeks of the regular season in the top spot. The Bullets ascended back to the pole position after claiming their second consecutive national championship and the third in program history. It was a unanimous selection as Gettysburg swept the 25 first-place votes and claimed the maximum 625 points. The Bullets also closed the 2011 and 2017 seasons as the No. 1 team.
National runner-up Middlebury College (20-3) finished second and The College of New Jersey (20-3) was third. Salisbury University (21-2) finished fourth, Amherst College (17-3) was fifth, and Franklin and Marshall (18-5) and York (Pa.) College (15-5) ended in a tie for sixth. Trinity (Conn.) College (13-7), Bowdoin College (14-6), and University of Mary Washington (17-5) rounded out the top 10.
Gettysburg's run to the national title included 10 victories over teams that finished ranked among the top 25. Seven of those decisions came against top-10 squads, including an 11-9 win over Middlebury in the NCAA title game.
The Bullets also claimed the Centennial Conference title after coming up short in its two previous national title pursuits. Gettysburg won its league-best 11th crown with a 15-7 win over Franklin & Marshall in the league tournament.
|T-6||Franklin & Marshall||487||0||18-5||7|
|13||Washington and Lee||308||0||16-5||10|
|18||St. John Fisher||174||0||17-3||18|