Gettysburg College women's lacrosse player Steph Colson, a Manchester Valley graduate, earned NCAA Division III national player of the year honors in mid-June.
Gettysburg College women's lacrosse player Steph Colson, a Manchester Valley graduate, earned NCAA Division III national player of the year honors in mid-June. (Courtesy of Gettysburg Athletics)

Steph Colson’s remarkable junior season with Gettysburg College’s women’s lacrosse team recently received quite the stamp.

Colson, a Manchester Valley graduate, was named the top NCAA Division III women's lacrosse player in the country by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.

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Colson is the inaugural recipient of the IWLCA Division III Player of the Year award.

She is also the first Gettysburg athlete to be named the top player in his or her respective sport since men's lacrosse player Tommy Kehoe won the Iroquois National Award in 2009.

The junior was also tagged IWLCA Midfielder of the Year and landed on the All-America First Team. She becomes the third Bullet to be named top midfielder by the organization and first since Hollis Stahl in 2010.

Colson is the 20th IWLCA All-America First Team selection at Gettysburg.

Colson produced a record-breaking season in leading Gettysburg to its second consecutive national title. She piled up a program and Centennial Conference record 140 draw controls, while also leading the team in points (76, tied) and ground balls (53).

Colson was also second on the team in goals (50), assists (26), and caused turnovers (25). The midfielder was at her best in the postseason. She was named Most Valuable Player of the Centennial championship after posting three goals, one assist, and nine draw controls in a 15-7 victory over No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College in the title game.

Colson opened the NCAA playoffs with a program-record breaking 14 draw controls against Westfield State University, one of three double-figure draw control outings for the junior. She posted at least six draw controls and two points in every national tournament game.

In the finale against fourth-ranked Middlebury College, Colson logged a goal, three assists, three ground balls, and nine draw controls on the way to being named Most Outstanding Performer of the event for the second year in a row. Colson has accrued ample recognition this spring.

She was twice named CC Offensive Player of the Week and was recognized as All-CC First Team and All-Metro Region First Team.

Recently, she was selected as the women's lacrosse nominee for the coveted Honda DIII Athlete of the Year award.

For her career, Colson has accumulated 73 goals, 33 assist, 106 points, 81 ground balls, 33 caused turnovers, and 183 draw controls in 46 games. With Colson on the field, Gettysburg has posted a record of 43-3.

Gettysburg tied the program record with 21 wins with 10 of those decisions coming against teams that finished among the top 25.

The Bullets won their third national title overall and competed in the NCAA playoffs for the 18th time in the last 19 seasons.

Griffin makes UMBC men’s lax history

University of Maryland Baltimore County men’s lacrosse defenseman Nick Griffin (Liberty) received Academic All-America Division I Men's and At-Large Third Team honors, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

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Griffin ended his sophomore season by becoming UMBC’s first-ever men's lacrosse player to earn the nation's most-recognized academic honor

Griffin started all 13 games in 2018 at close defense and finished second on team with 14 caused turnovers and tied for fifth with 19 ground balls. Often assigned to the opponent's top attackman, the chemical engineering major was a key cog of the defense, which finished the season ranked No. 1 in the country in goals allowed (7.77).

Griffin, who is maintaining a 4.0 grade-point average, has started all 26 games in two seasons at UMBC. He earned America East First Team and All-Academic Team honors in May.

Griffin becomes the 20th UMBC NCAA Division I athlete to be honored by CoSIDA and the 24th overall since 1977. He joins basketball's Joe Sherburne as the second Retriever to be feted in 2017-18, the first time the Retrievers have placed two or more student-athletes on the list since 2011.

Neary ‘can’t wait to get started’ at McDaniel

Grant Neary’s tenure as McDaniel’s new baseball coach officially began Sunday.

Neary was hired in early June to replace Dave Seibert, who retired at the end of this past spring after 38 seasons.

Neary takes over as just the 15th coach in Green Terror baseball history, and just the fourth since 1963. He has spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).

"Being named the head baseball coach at McDaniel College is a tremendous honor and I can't wait to get started," Neary said in a news release. "We are going to recruit tremendous student-athletes, teach and develop their skills and create an environment where success in all facets of their lives is the standard.”

This past season Neary helped guide NJIT to the sixth seed in the ASUN tournament, where the Highlanders fell to top-seed, No. 11 national seed and regional champion Stetson.

Prior to his time at NJIT, he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II Bloomfield College in 2012. In addition to a focus on recruiting, he also developed the defensive skills and offensive plan for all position players.

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