Women’s Lax Places Seven on All-CC Squad

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Centennial Conference champion Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team landed seven players on the all-league squad it was announced on Wednesday, May 9.
Four Bullets picked up first-team honors in senior attacker Katie Landry (Hingham, Mass./Hingham), junior midfielder Steph Colson (Westminster, Md./Manchester Valley), junior defender Brooke Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Notre Dame Prep), and junior goalie Bailey Pilder (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan). Landry earned her third first-team selection, while the remaining first-teamers were all first-time honorees.
Landing second-team accolades were senior attacker Katie Willis (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep), senior defender Ali Gorab (Southport, Conn./Ludlowe), and sophomore midfielder Courtney Patterson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central Regional). Patterson was a repeat second-team selection.
Landry leads Gettysburg's attack, posting 62 points on 17 goals and a conference-high 45 assists. She heads into the national playoffs ranked fourth overall in the conference in total points and her assist total is sixth-best for a season in program history. The senior has dished out multiple assists 11 times this spring, including six against both Denison University and Ursinus College. Landry has climbed into third in program history with 129 assists and she sits eighth with 252 career points.
Colson has emerged as the a stat-sheet filler in her third season with the Bullets. The junior paces the team in goals (tied, 43), ground balls (40), and draw controls (95), while ranking second in caused turnovers (20), third in points (57), and fourth in assists (14). Her draw control total ranks second in the CC and is the second-best total ever by a Gettysburg player. Colson was named CC Offensive Player of the Week twice and she was named Most Valuable Performer of the conference tournament. She tallied a career-high 12 draw controls against Haverford College and she recorded a career-high eight points against McDaniel College. Colson has produced 87 points, 68 ground balls, 28 caused turnovers, and 138 draw controls in 41 career games.
Holechek has taken a lead role for the Gettysburg defense, which ranks fourth in the country in goals allowed per game. She has shut down some of the top players in the country and leads the team with 24 caused turnovers, a mark that puts her in a tie for fourth in the league. Holechek has also scooped up 28 ground balls. She posted three caused turnovers and three ground balls in a 9-5 victory over current-No. 1 The College of New Jersey and she racked up four caused turnovers against No. 25 Washington College in the semifinals of the CC playoffs. In her career, Holechek has accumulated 70 ground balls and 54 caused turnovers in 63 games.
Pilder rounds out Gettysburg's top-tier selections. In her first season as the team's starting keeper, the junior has emerged as the national leader with a save percentage of 62.6. She also ranks fifth in the country in goals against average at 5.55. Pilder has turned in some of her best performances in Gettysburg's biggest games, logging a career-high 13 stops in a win over TCNJ and posting 11 saves in wins over then-No. 6 University of Mary Washington and No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College. In her three seasons at Gettysburg, Pilder has logged a 5.53 GAA and save percentage of 58.3.
Willis copped her first postseason award with a strong offensive showing. The senior attacker has already topped her personal highs for goals (43), assists (16), and points (59), while connecting on 50 percent of her attempts. She is tied for the team lead in goals and second in both assists and points. Willis has produced points in every game this season, including a career-high seven against Washington in the CC semis and six against F&M in the conference championship. She recently tossed in her 100th career goal and heads into her final NCAA Tournament with 144 career points.
Gorab has started all 18 contests for Gettysburg's defensive unit, which has allowed only one opponent to reach double-digit goals this season. She ranks third on the team in both ground balls (tied, 28) and caused turnovers (17). The senior defender tallied four caused turnovers and four ground balls against Dickinson College and corralled four ground balls against  No. 13 Messiah College in the season opener. Gorab has totaled 74 ground balls and 36 caused turnovers in 63 career games.
The 2017 CC Rookie of the Year, Patterson maintained a spot on the second team. The sophomore midfielder has teamed up with Colson to form one of the best draw combinations in the nation. Patterson has tallied 78 draw controls, which ranks fifth in program history. She has also produced a career-high 23 goals and 14 ground balls. The sophomore racked up 10 draw controls in an 18-5 win over No. 10 Washington and Lee University and she scored four goals in the victory over TCNJ. Patterson has totaled 48 points and 131 draw controls in 42 career games.
Additionally, senior captain Elsie Wagner (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) was named to the CC All-Sportsmanship Team. Wagner is one of the team's most steadfast and consistent performers and has appeared in all 18 games with 13 starts. She has totaled 13 ground balls and nine caused turnovers.
Gettysburg (16-2) captured its 11th Centennial crown this past Sunday with a 15-7 win over Franklin & Marshall. The Bullets will make their 17th consecutive showing on the national stage this Sunday at 1 p.m. The team will face the winner of the first-round contest between Westfield State University (17-2) and Morrisville State College (12-7) set to take place Saturday at 1 p.m. on Clark Field.