February 25, 2012

Gutenberger Scores Six as Manhattan Edges Bison

from press release

RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Chrissy Gutenberger scored six goals and Christina Fiorinelli made 13 of her 19 saves in the second half to help Manhattan edge Bucknell 13-12 on Saturday afternoon in a non-league women's lacrosse game at Gaelic Field. Katelyn Miller (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) scored four goals for the Bison, while Madison Hurwitz (Holland, Pa./Council Rock) and Arriana Sajjad (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) added two apiece.

Bucknell nearly pulled off a nifty comeback late in the game. Trailing 12-8 inside 11 minutes to play, the Bison (0-4) struck for three straight goals to get within one. Ryan Wenk (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) started the rally with a goal on an 8-meter shot with 10:34 to play. Hurwitz followed with a score off a feed from Emily Kookogey (Lutherville, Md./Towson) with 9:10 to play, and then just 16 seconds later it was Miller finding the net to make it a 12-11 game.

Manhattan (1-1) stemmed the tide with a man-up goal from Donna Jo DiNorcia with 5:43 to play, but Bucknell again pulled within one on Kookogey's unassisted strike with 2:52 left. Adrienne Wendling (Bethesda, Md./Bullis School) won the draw, and the Bison got a good look for Kookogey, but Fiorinelli made the save with 1:06 remaining.

After an exchange of turnovers, Manhattan cleared the ball, but Miller forced a turnover with 22 seconds left. Bucknell got a last-second shot from Wendling, but again it was saved by Fiorinelli as the clock expired.

Bucknell led 2-1 just four minutes into the game, but Manhattan tallied six straight goals over a 16-minute span to go up 7-2. The Bison then closed the half on a 4-0 run, capped by a Hurwitz goal with 22 seconds left, to pull back within 7-6.

The Bison, who defeated the Jaspers 17-11 at Graham Field last season, finished with a 34-23 shot advantage and a 14-12 edge in draw controls, but while Manhattan received 19 saves from its freshman goalie, a pair of Bucknell keepers finished with four saves.

The Bison cut down on its turnovers in this one, finishing with a season-low 10 compared to 17 by Manhattan. Bucknell had only two second-half turnovers and went 6-for-7 on clears in the game.

In addition to her four goals, Miller logged a game-high six draw controls along with two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Sajjad and Wendling collected four draws apiece, and Wenk also had two ground balls.

Molly Ford (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's) rounded out the list of Bison goal-scorers, while Lindsay Ferro (Catonsville, Md./Notre Dame Prep) dished out an assist.

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