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Sewickley Academy grad McClain helps Gettysburg to NCAA title

| Monday, June 5, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
Sewickley Academy grad Maggie McClain helped Gettysburg win an NCAA title in 2017.
Andy Grosh | Gettysburg athletics
Sewickley Academy grad Maggie McClain helped Gettysburg win an NCAA title in 2017.
Sewickley Academy grad Maggie McClain helped Gettysburg win an NCAA title in 2017.
Sewickley Academy grad Maggie McClain helped Gettysburg win an NCAA title in 2017.

Sewickley Academy graduate Maggie McClain played a key role on the Gettysburg women's lacrosse team that won the NCAA Division III title this season.

Running the box, McClain, a 5-foot-6 junior attacker, subbed into the offensive side of the field for a defender.

“What she did was occupy defenders off the ball,” Bullets coach Carol Cantale said, adding it set up scoring opportunities for other players.

McClain, 21 of McCandless, said it worked because she is sneaky and quick.

McClain, a returning letterwinner, went scoreless in the title game, a 6-5 victory against The College of New Jersey. She had two goals in a 8-4 triumph over Trinity (Conn.) in the semifinals.

For the season, she finished with career highs in games played (21), goals (19), assists (6), points (25), shots (41), ground balls (7) and caused turnovers (2).

The Bullets (21-3) earned their second national title in their first appearance in the final since 2011. They tied a program record for most victories in a season.

McClain said being a part of a national championship team is most humbling.

“I have no words (for it),” she said.

McClain looks forward to repeating. In the offseason, she will work with an athletic trainer on speed, agility and strength.

“She's just a workhorse,” Cantale said.

A health sciences major, McClain plans a career in nursing and is working in a hospital this summer.

Karen Kadilak is a freelance writer.

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