Seven Bullets Named All-CC; Patterson Tagged Top Newcomer

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team landed seven players on the All-Centennial Conference Team released on Tuesday, including three on the first team. The Bullets also featured the CC Rookie of the Year in freshman Courtney Patterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional).
Junior attacker Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham) was named All-CC First Team for the second consecutive season, while senior midfielder Caroline Jaeger (Hampton, N.J./North Hunterdon) and junior defender Cassie Smith (Phoenix, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) picked up their first postseason awards by joining Landry on the first team. Second-team selections included Patterson, senior defender Macauley Mikes (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington), and senior goalie Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown). Senior attacker Emma Christie (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich) rounded out the all-conference performances as an honorable mention pick.
Landry earned her second-straight first-team nod as Gettysburg's top offensive playmaker. She led the team with 34 assists and 58 points, finishing fourth and eighth in the conference, respectively. Landry also tossed in 24 goals, picked up 16 ground balls, and caused six turnovers. The junior tallied multiple points in all but two outings this spring, including six against both Ursinus College and McDaniel College. For her career, Landry has put up 172 points on 97 goals and 75 assists.
Jaeger took over as the team's go-to goal scorer and racked up a team and career-high 38 scores this spring. She paced the team with 21 goals in nine regular-season conference games, and she put up another eight goals in Gettysburg's two playoff contests. Jaeger, who connected on 60.3 percent of her shot attempts, also picked up 14 ground balls, nine caused turnovers, and 33 draw controls. She scored a career-high four goals in four contests this spring, including twice against Franklin & Marshall College. In 78 career games, Jaeger has totaled 54 goals, 14 assists, and 98 draw controls.
Smith emerged as the team's top defender in her second year as a starter. She started all 19 games and finished as the team leader in ground balls (27) and caused turnovers (19), while ranking second on the team in draw controls (37). Gettysburg is on pace to break is single-season record for scoring defense with a goals against average of 5.15 this season. Smith racked up four ground balls in a win over then top-ranked Franklin & Marshall and she posted two ground balls, four caused turnovers, and three draw controls against St. Mary's (Md.) College. The junior has totaled 51 ground balls, 31 caused turnovers, and 51 draw controls in 47 career games.
Patterson was Gettysburg's second CC Rookie of the Year, following in the footsteps of Amanda Borucki '16 in 2013. The first-year midfielder competed on both ends of the field for the Bullets and appeared in all 19 games with 15 starts. She racked up 19 goals and three assists, while scooping up 17 ground balls. Patterson was a key contributor off the draw and finished ninth in the conference in draw controls with 49. She posted eight draw controls and two goals in a victory at Franklin & Marshall.
Mikes copped her first postseason award after another solid campaign for the defensive unit. A four-year starter, the senior tied her career high with 18 ground balls and posted a personal best with 13 caused turnovers. Mikes has been the staple of a defensive unit that has dropped its GAA in each of the last four seasons and has ranked among the top-10 teams in the country in each of the last two. For her career, she has appeared in 81 games and totaled 61 ground balls and 34 caused turnovers.
Keeler earned her third-straight all-league nod after earning honorable mention in 2015 and second team in 2016. The senior has turned in her best campaign to date, tallying a career-low GAA of 5.56 and a career-best save percentage of .542. Keeler leads the Centennial in both of those categories and ranks among the national leaders as well. She posted a dozen saves in the team's season opener against Messiah College and added 10 in a win at Haverford. Keeler is Gettysburg's all-time leader in wins with a career record of 62-12. She also ranks sixth in program history with 419 saves.
Christie picked up her first postseason award as one of Gettysburg's primary offensive weapons. She posted a career-high 34 goals on the year, while shooting a blistering 60.7 percent. Christie started 18 games and tied for the team lead in free-position goals with 10. She also contributed 10 ground balls and 13 draw controls. Christie tallied multiple goals in a dozen games, including four against The College of New Jersey. She has totaled 71 goals and 12 assists in 57 career games.
Junior Elsie Wagner (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. Wagner has appeared in 18 games with eight starts and tallied 12 ground balls.
Also of note, Muhlenberg College Head Coach Kristen Stuckel was named the CC Coach of the Year. Stuckel is a 1995 graduate of Gettysburg and played three years under current Gettysburg head coach Carol Cantele '83.
Gettysburg (16-3) finished runner-up in the Centennial Conference after an epic double-overtime showdown with Franklin & Marshall. The Bullets received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Championship and will be making their 16th consecutive appearance. The team received a bye in the first round and will host the winner of FDU-Florham and Hamline University this Sunday at 1 p.m.