April 24, 2009

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Stahl Named Centennial Player of Year

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LANCASTER, Pa. - Gettysburg College junior Hollis Stahl (Highstown, N.J./Peddie School) was named the 2009 Centennial Conference Player of the Year in voting by the league's women's lacrosse head coaches and released by the conference office on Thursday, April 23. Six Gettysburg players were lauded with all-conference accolades overall, including three first-teamers.

Stahl is the fourth consecutive and seven Bullet overall to cop Player of the Year accolades from the CC. She was tabbed with first-team All-CC accolades as a midfielder and was joined on the top squad by first-time selections junior attacker Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and junior defender Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston). Junior goalkeeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) and sophomore defender Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) each landed spots on the second team, while junior midfielder Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Sudbury-Lincoln) rounded out Gettysburg's all-conference selections as an honorable mention pick.

Stahl, a second-team selection as a sophomore, is in the midst of another banner year for the Orange & Blue, notching career highs for goals (49) and points (55) and leading the team in the former category. As well-rounded a player that can be found in the CC, she has ranked among the leaders in all major stat categories, including pacing the team in draw controls (39), ranking second in caused turnovers (30), and ranking third in ground balls (32).

Stahl has scored a goal in all 15 games this season and has tallied a score in each of her last 17 contests overall. She has tossed in 25 goals in nine conference contests with a high of six coming against Ursinus College on April 18. Stahl has been named CC Offensive Player of the Week twice this year.

In her second season on the team, Emala has made her presence felt on the offensive end with team highs for points (71) and assists (32), both career highs. She also ranks second on the team with a personal-best 39 goals and has scored a point in every game this spring.

Emala has racked up six or more points eight times on the year, including seven-point efforts against both Muhlenberg College and Haverford College. She was tabbed CC and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Metro/South Region Offensive Player of the Week in mid-March.

Ditillo has taken a lead role in the Bullets' nationally-ranked defense, which entered the week sixth in all of Division III. She has started all 14 games she has played and ranks third on the team with 30 draw controls. Ditillo also sits among the team leaders in ground balls (25) and caused turnovers (11). In a three-goal victory over McDaniel College, she tallied a career-high seven ground balls.

Krammer made the move up from honorable mention last season for her second all-conference accolade. She ranks second in the conference and top-10 in the nation in goals against average at 8.03 and she has saved 46.5 percent of the shots she has seen. Krammer leads Gettysburg and ranks third in the CC with 41 ground balls and has posted 13 caused turnovers.

She has held seven opponents to six goals or less and has recorded 10 or more saves three times, including 13 against No. 20 Elizabethtown College on March 17. In back-to-back weeks earlier in the season, Krammer was tabbed CC Defensive Player of the Week, the first back-to-back winner in school history.

Lutz picked up her first conference honor with a breakout season. She leads the team with 29 caused turnovers and ranks second in draw controls (38) and fourth in ground balls (31). Lutz has seven games with at least two caused turnovers this spring, including a career-high six against McDaniel. She has also chipped in on the offensive end with four goals.

Coming out of the midfield, Crane has been a steady contributor, particularly in conference play. In nine league contests, she has posted 16 goals and 11 assists, tying Stahl for the second-most points on the team. Overall, Crane has totaled 21 goals, 12 assists, and 25 draw controls. She has eight games with multiple goals, including a three-goal, three assist effort against Dickinson College on April 8.

Gettysburg (13-2) will begin its postseason run on Saturday, April 25, by meeting Muhlenberg in the second semifinal of the CC Tournament at host Franklin & Marshall. Opening draw is slated for about 3:30 p.m.


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