Six members of the Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team earned spots on the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III All-Metro Region Team.
Gettysburg placed five players on the first team – senior goalie Bailey Pilder, junior attacker Liza Barr, junior midfielder Courtney Patterson, junior defender Claire Macatee and sophomore attacker Kerry McKeever. Senior midfielder Steph Colson was named second-team all-region.
Pilder earned her second-straight first-team nod. The senior net-minder started 20 games and finished with a goals against average of 7.78 and save percentage of .533, both of which ranked among the top 20 in the country. Pilder recorded double-figure saves in eight contests, including 14 in a win over No. 14 TCNJ and 11 against No. 4 Franklin & Marshall College in the Centennial Conference Championship. A two-year starter in the cage, she finished her career second in program history in GAA (6.61), fourth in wins (42), fifth in save percentage (.558), and eighth in saves (349).
Barr picked up her first regional award after a monster offensive season for the Bullets. The junior finished the campaign with 127 points, marking the second-most in school history. She scored 52 goals and dished out a conference record 75 assists. Barr also set new school and conference standards with 13 assists and 15 points in a victory over Westminster (Pa.) College in the NCAA playoffs. She scored 11 points in a win over No. 19 Ithaca College and tallied 13 in a victory over Haverford College. Barr, who was also named the CC Attacker of the Year and All-CC First Team, has climbed to fifth in program history with 102 career assists and she ranks 13th with 215 points.
The CC Midfielder of the Year and a two-time all-conference selection, Patterson did it all for Gettysburg this spring, leading the squad with 100 draw controls and tying for the team lead with 34 ground balls. She also poured in a career-best 50 points on 39 goals and 11 assists. The junior’s draw total was the third-best mark in a season in school history and she already ranks fourth on the career list with 246. Patterson tallied at least two draw controls in every game this season, including 11 against Ithaca. She also tallied a person-best seven points in a victory over No. 7 York (Pa.) College. The junior has posted 105 points on 90 goals and 15 assists over 68 career games.
Macatee seized her first regional award after emerging as a leader for Gettysburg’s defensive unit. With early injuries impacting the team, the junior was a consistent presence in the backfield and set new personal highs for ground balls (34), draw controls (43), and caused turnovers (21). She tied for the team lead in ground balls and finished second in caused turnovers. A first-team all-league selection as well, Macatee tallied three ground balls and three caused turnovers in an 11-9 win over No. 3 Washington and Lee University. In 55 career games, she has totaled 62 ground balls, 62 draw controls, and 21 caused turnovers.
McKeever followed up a strong debut season with an even better sophomore campaign. She finished as the team leader and second in the conference with 64 goals to go along with 26 assists, 90 points, 20 ground balls, 91 draw controls, and 10 caused turnovers. McKeever, who was named All-CC Second Team, scored a goal in every game this season, including a season-high five on four occasions. The sophomore attacker was tagged Most Valuable Player of the CC Championship after lighting up F&M for four goals and an assist. In just two seasons, McKeever has already put up 148 points on 107 goals and 41 assists in 44 games. She also has 150 career draw controls.
Colson landed her second all-region award after earning first-team recognition in 2018. The senior midfielder was hampered by injury throughout much of April, but she still managed to finish among the team leaders in goals (23), assists (18), points (41), and draw controls (51). She led the way with 22 caused turnovers and tied for the lead with 34 ground balls. Colson posted a season-high five goals against Ithaca and tallied seven points on two goals and five assists in the win over TCNJ. The 2018 Division III Player of the Year, Colson capped an outstanding and decorated career with 96 goals, 51 assists, 147 points, 115 ground balls, 234 draw controls, and 55 caused turnovers in 62 games. She finished fourth on the program’s all-time list for draw controls.
Gettysburg wrapped up another successful season with a 19-2 overall record. The Bullets captured their 12th Centennial title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th consecutive season. The team fell to Wesleyan (Conn.) University 10-7 in the national quarterfinals.