February 25, 2010

No. 2 Gettysburg Women Beat Mary Washington

from press release

- Second-ranked Gettysburg College and visiting University of Mary Washington filled the stat sheet on a cold and windy Thursday afternoon at Clark Field with the host Bullets earning a 19-9 victory to open the 2010 women's lacrosse season.

Gettysburg (1-0) and Mary Washington (0-1) combined for 60 shots, 62 ground balls, 55 clear attempts, 50 fouls, and 65 turnovers in just 60 minutes of action. Eight different Bullets found the back of the net with seniors Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) and Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) tying personal marks with five and four goals, respectively.

The two teams wasted no time in getting on the board in 2010 as Hearn tallied the game's first goal 48 seconds in and Catherine Kennedy answered for the visitors 36 seconds later. Gettysburg led 4-3 at the 17-minute mark before the hosts erupted for a six-goal scoring run to end the first half, including two goals each from Hearn and senior Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School).

Kennedy closed the gap to 10-5 with the first two scores of the second half, but the hosts put in five of the next six tallies, including a nice spin move and shot by freshman Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) at 14:50.

Jenny Atmar and Kennedy went back-to-back just 23 seconds apart just before the 10-minute mark to cut the deficit to seven (15-8) at 10:28. Emala quieted any hopes of a comeback with her final tallies at 7:32 and 7:07 and junior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) followed up with a flick off the ground to set the advantage at 18-8 with six minutes left to play.

Gettysburg controlled 17 of 30 draw controls and was efficient on clears, converting 19-of-25. Mary Washington struggled to clear the ball up the field because of the Bullets' constant pressure in the midfield and finished with just 11 successful clears in 30 attempts. The host's pressing defense also forced the Eagles into 34 turnovers.

Emala posted five scores on just six shots, adding three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers. Hearn added an assist for a five-point day and recorded three draw controls and three caused turnovers. Stahl turned in a hat trick and came up with a career-high eight ground balls.

Senior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) and Commins each put in a pair of goals and added one and two assists, respectively, for Gettysburg. Crane keyed the transition defense with a career-high four caused turnovers and senior Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) and junior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) each corralled three draw controls.

Senior Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with 11 saves for the Bullets. Her counterpart in Mary Washington's goal, Leigh Ann Redefer, put up nine saves and eight ground balls.

Kennedy, who posted 77 scores in 2009, picked up where she left off her freshman campaign with five goals and an assist to lead Mary Washington. Allie Kimmelman added a goal and a pair of helpers and Katie Wallis tallied one goal, six ground balls, and five caused turnovers.

Gettysburg returns to action next Friday, March 5, with its first Centennial Conference affair at Washington (Md.) College at 4 p.m.

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