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College notebook: Gettysburg women's lax going strong with four locals

The Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team is again one of the best in the nation, and a quartet of former county players is helping the Bullets go after another national title.

The Bullets are sixth in the nation thanks to a 10-1 start (5-0 in the Centennial Conference). Gettysburg beat McDaniel 19-10 on Wednesday.

Senior midfielder Kelly Spieker (Winters Mill) leads the Bullets with 21 ground balls while ranking second with eight caused turnovers. Her strong defensive play helped the team lead the Centennial with an 8.1 goals-against average. The former Times all-countian helped the Falcons win two state titles and won a national championship as a Gettysburg freshman in 2011.

Junior attack Mandy Buell (Winters Mill) is third on Gettysburg with 34 points and tied for third with 22 goals. She's also tied for first in assists with 12.

Sophomore midfielder Amanda Borucki (North Carroll) has 11 goals and 16 points, seventh best on the Bullets. She was named Centennial Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Senior attack Bailey Beardsley (Francis Scott Key) has three goals and six points in eight games.

UNDER THE HOOD: Junior goalie Joe McCullogh (Winters Mill) put together a record-setting performance for Hood College when the Blazers faced Stevenson in men's lacrosse action Wednesday.

Hood couldn't keep up with the third-ranked Mustangs, who won 15-1, but McCullogh set a program record with 34 saves. That's the most by a Division III goalie this season.

McCullogh added 14 ground balls for Hood, which fell to 3-9. He has five starts and a 59.2 save percentage.

Meanwhile, freshman attackman Alex Villegas (Francis Scott Key) leads the Blazers in scoring with 26 points. He scored Hood's lone goal against Stevenson, which features Sykesville native Ryan Rubenstein, a senior long-stick midfielder.

On the women's side, Hood is 5-5 with junior midfielder Ashley Kitzmiller (Manchester Valley) topping the team in scoring. Kitzmiller has 27 goals and eight assists for the Blazers.

LEAD RETRIEVER: Junior midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster) is having a well-rounded season with the UMBC women's lacrosse team.

Semones entered Wednesday leading the Retrievers with 24 ground balls, 18 draw controls and 10 caused turnovers. She was also tied for second on the team with 18 points and third with 14 goals in 11 games.

UMBC is 5-6 in Semones' second season in the program since transferring from Penn State. She was named Times Player of the Year in 2011.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior Emily Sneeringer of the McDaniel softball team has been named the Centennial Conference co-Player of the Week for March 31-April 6.

Sneeringer led the Green Terror to a 4-2 week, hitting .556 with 10 hits, including two doubles and two home runs. Her first home run was a walk-off two-run shot in the eighth inning to salvage a split with Muhlenberg. On Sunday, she hit a grand slam as part of an eight-run third inning in an 8-0 win over Swarthmore. She also had a team-best nine RBIs.

She entered Wednesday's game against Coppin State hitting .373 with 15 RBIs, helping McDaniel start 13-9, 5-3 in the conference.

SURGING TERROR: Sophomore Alex Kane shot a one-under-par 70 to notch an individual victory and lead the McDaniel men's golf team to first place at the Hershey Cup on Sunday and Monday.

The Green Terror posted a tournament-low round of 300 in Monday's second round to win the 36-hole tournament by 10 strokes. McDaniel outdistanced second place St. John Fisher, ranked fifth in the latest Division III coaches poll, by six strokes on Monday after holding a four-shot advantage on Sunday, winning with a total score of 606.

Kane tied for the lead after firing a 73 in the first round. He then finished with the only round of the tournament under par to finish with a 36-hole score of 143 and win the individual title by six strokes.

The Green Terror have now won three of their five tournaments this spring.

COACH FISHER: Megan Fisher, a 2009 Westminster graduate, is in her first season as an assistant coach, helping to shepherd in the Lourdes University women's lacrosse program, which is in its inaugural season. Fisher serves as the Gray Wolves' offensive coordinator.

She is a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College, where she played for the Bearcats, ranking among the team's top three goal scorers in each of her last two seasons. Fisher ended her career ranked sixth on the program's all-time points list with 113.

Lourdes is playing in the NCAA-alternative NAIA, where it entered Wednesday 1-14 in its first season.

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