March 9, 2009

No. 6 Gettysburg Rallies Past Wesleyan

from staff reports

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - Coming off a victory over its first ranked opponent of the season, Wesleyan University jumped out to a lead on sixth-ranked Gettysburg College on Monday, March 9, and kept the score even until late in the second half when Bullets junior Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) keyed a four-goal run with two scores and an assist to help her team hold off the Cardinals 12-8.

Wesleyan (1-1) opened 2009 with a 9-8 victory over No. 19 Bowdoin College on Saturday and had another upset in its sights against Gettysburg (2-0), jumping out to a quick 4-1 lead with more than 10 minutes left in the opening period. The Bullets recovered in the final minutes of the stanza with a three-goal run, including a pair of scores by sophomore Allegra Formento (Princeton, N.J./Princeton), to send the teams into the break knotted 4-4.

Junior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Old Greenwich) put Gettysburg back in front to start the final period, starting a see-saw battle between the two sides. Each time the Bullets found the net, the Cardinals retaliated in kind, the last score by Erin McCarthy tying the game at eight with just over eight minutes to play.

After posting a goal and two assists in the first 32 minutes, Emala took over the final eight minutes, starting with an unassisted goal at 7:21. She then assisted on a score to junior Hollis Stahl (Highstown, N.J./Peddie School) and tossed in another unassisted tally before the five-minute mark. Stahl capped the scoring off a pass from Formento with just over a minute left.

Emala, who scored seven points in Gettysburg's first victory of the year, tossed in six points on three goals and three assists on Monday. Stahl finished with three goals and led the Bullets with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Formento and junior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) each scored a pair of goals for Gettysburg, while Hearn tacked on one goal and one assist. Junior Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) paced the Bullets' 14-8 edge off the draw with a team-high five draw controls.

Junior goalkeeper Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) made five saves, including four in the second half. She also scooped up two ground balls and caused two turnovers.

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