June 11, 2010

Bullets' Ditillo Named Academic All-American

from press release

– Recent Gettysburg College graduate Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) of the women's lacrosse team was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's At-Large Second Team for the second year in a row as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and released on Thursday, June 10.

Ditillo, tabbed the first Academic All-America in program history last spring, joins classmate and men's lacrosse senior Timothy Kurpis (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown), who was a first-team at-large selection in 2010, as the first back-to-back winner since men's lacrosse's Chase Stewart '06 was tabbed second-team and first-team in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

If any Bullets student-athlete lived up to that moniker over the last four years, it was Ditillo, who was a two-time first-team Academic All-District selection, two-time All-Centennial Conference pick, and helped the women's lacrosse team reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament three times. In 2010, she was one of two Bullets to appear in all 22 games and capped the year with career highs in ground balls (37), draw controls (40), and caused turnovers (18), while helping the defensive unit rank third in the nation in goals against average.

Gettysburg finished 2010 with an 18-4 overall record, including 9-0 in conference play, and advanced to the national semifinals. Ditillo copped honorable mention status from the conference one year removed from being selected first-team All-CC and first-team All-Metro Region. Over the last four seasons, Ditillo appeared in 75 games with 60 starts and finished top 20 in school history in both draw controls (12th, 95) and caused turnovers (T-19th, 54). She helped Gettysburg to a gaudy record of 68-16, including 33-3 in conference play.

Off the field, Ditillo was an exemplary student, posting a 3.97 GPA and graduating with honors in English and psychology. Her list of academic awards includes being the first recipient of the Janet M. Riggs '77 Endowed Scholarship, given to a worthy and promising student majoring in psychology, in addition to being recognized by the NCAA as the Division III women's lacrosse winner of the Elite 88 award for having the highest GPA at the national championships.

With her collegiate career in the rear-view mirror, Ditillo will take her lacrosse stick and knowledge overseas. In August, she will travel to England where she will teach lacrosse to grade school children through the English Lacrosse Association. After completing her time in England, she intends to head back to school to pursue a master's degree earn her certification to teach English.

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