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Women's Lacrosse: Carroll players leaving a mark at Gettysburg

Gettysburg senior Mandy Buell is no stranger to playing lacrosse at a high level.

While playing at Winters Mill, she helped the Falcons capture state championships in 2008, 2010 and 2011, so naturally she sought a college program that had a similar winning pedigree.

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She found that when she joined the Bullets and the victories have continued. Gettysburg is the three-time defending Centennial Conference champions and the school has won nine such titles since 2000.

Although the program has accomplished so much — including a national title in 2011 — Buell remains focused on the immediate future, not the past.

"We just focus on the game that we are in and just getting ready for the next game. We try to get better as the season progresses and just try to get better one game at a time," Buell said after Wednesday's 20-8 victory over McDaniel. "We take each game as it comes, and today we really executed our game plan. We always talk about quick starts, and it starts with the first draw."

With the win over McDaniel, the Bullets move to 10-2, and in the most recent Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III poll, they are ranked eighth. Buell leads the team with 58 points on 43 goals and 15 assists, and she tallied four goals against the Terror, including the first of the game.

But Buell isn't the only former Carroll County lacrosse player on the Bullets' roster. North Carroll graduate Amanda Borucki, a junior attacker, plays a key role on the offensive attack and has registered 17 goals and six assists. Freshman attacker Emily Wilcox, another Winters Mill grad, saw action in Wednesday's game and has one goal in four contests.

Borucki scored shortly after Buell for the second goal of Wednesday's game, and added another later in the second half.

Although Carroll is such a competitive high school lacrosse county, Borucki said it took a little time to get used to college play when she joined the Gettysburg squad.

"Carroll County has become a top lacrosse county, so it has helped prepare me a lot," Borucki said. "The speed of the game is definitely an adjustment, but coming from Carroll gave me a better feel for the college game."

The Bullets came to Gill Stadium to face an 8-3 McDaniel team, and it took just minutes for the visiting squad to establish dominance. Seven minutes in, Gettysburg led 10-1, and it was clear that McDaniel was outmatched.

Buell said getting a fast start was part of the game plan coming in, and she felt they executed well in the early stages of the contest. And now with several years of experience at the collegiate level, the former Falcon said the game has slowed down considerably.

"Experience has played a big part. As the years go along you gain more experience," Buell said. "It becomes more natural by the time senior year comes."

The defending Centennial champs play a challenging schedule and have already faced five ranked teams this spring. They faced then-No. 18-ranked Stevenson to open the season and came away with a 14-6 win. They bested then-No. 18 Ithaca 12-6 in their third game of the season.

In those five games against ranked opponents, the Bullets are 4-1 with the only blemish being a 14-10 loss to then-No. 3 SUNY-Cortland on March 14. On April 22, they will face No. 3 Franklin & Marshall, which is also a Centennial rival.

"We definitely play a lot of good teams. Our conference is pretty tough, and we played some really great teams in the beginning of the season," Borucki said. "I think it really prepares us for the playoffs and I'm used to facing good teams. "

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