March 11, 2009

No. 4 Gettysburg Nearly Upended by St. John Fisher

from press release

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - St. John Fisher aimed to open its season with a bang by taking down fourth-ranked Gettysburg College, but the Bullets held off the Cardinals down the stretch to claim a 17-15 victory on Wednesday, March 11. Junior Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) continued her hot start with a career-high five goals and added two assists for Gettysburg, which improved to 3-0 this spring.

With the score locked at 2-2, the Bullets, tied with The College of New Jersey for fourth in the latest Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) rankings, gained the upper-hand by rattling off five consecutive scores, including back-to-back-to-back free position goals by junior Hollis Stahl (Highstown, N.J./Peddie School), Emala, and junior Erin Cushing (Alexandria, Va./Bishop Ireton).

St. John Fisher climbed back into the contest with four of the next five goals before Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) scored at 1:21, giving the Bullets a 10-7 lead at the break.

The Cardinals opened with the first goal of the final period, but Gettysburg looked to set the game into cruise control by lighting the lamp five times over a 13-minute span, including two scores by junior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Old Greenwich), the last staking the Bullets to a 15-8 lead with 9:22 remaining.

St. John Fisher once again mounted a comeback by scoring seven of the final nine goals of the contest. Those two Bullets' scores by freshman Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) and Hearn proved to be the difference in the contest.

Emala, who had scored at least six points in her first two games of the year, tied her career high with seven points on Wednesday. Stahl and Hearn each notched three goals and two assists, the former adding four draw controls and three caused turnovers and the latter posting four ground balls. Commins recorded her first hat trick as a Bullet and added one assist.

Gettysburg returns from its southern trip to open its Centennial Conference schedule this weekend against Muhlenberg College on Saturday, March 14, at 1 p.m.

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