March 11, 2010

No. 2 Bullets Rally, Subdue No. 10 Catholic

from press release

– Sophomore Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) and senior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) had a hand in Gettysburg College’s last six goals as the third-ranked Bullets erased a three-goal second-half deficit to prevail 14-12 in overtime against No. 10 Catholic University on Thursday, March 11.

Gettysburg (5-0) faced its toughest test to date against Catholic (1-2) and was trailing late in the game as the Cardinals ran off the first five goals of the final period to take a 10-7 lead at 22:52.

The Bullets stepped up the defensive pressure and held Catholic off the scoreboard for the next 16 minutes. The offense was able to cut the margin to one beginning with senior Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School) connecting off a feed from junior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) at 14:37. Crane came up with an unassisted goal three minutes later, marking the senior’s 100th career point, but the Cardinals regained a two-goal lead (11-9) with a goal by Katie Buonpastore at 6:28.

Following a free position goal by Church at 4:36, both offenses went quiet until Mary Swarthout appeared to add an insurance goal for Catholic which made it 12-10 with only 38 seconds on the clock. The Orange and Blue, which trailed in draw controls 15-13 in the contest, saved the most important wins off the draw in the waning seconds, the first resulting in an eight-meter goal by Crane with 25 ticks left and the second leading to an unassisted tally by Church going to her left with only eight seconds in regulation.

In the overtime period, the Bullets struck early as Church dished it off to senior Nina Emala (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr School) 16 seconds into the six-minute session. Crane picked up the next assist as Stahl tossed in an insurance goal with 3:12 to play and Gettysburg was able to control possession for the remaining time.

Catholic’s five-goal run came on the heels of a first half where Gettysburg held the upper-hand. Gettysburg tallied each of the game’s first two scores and led 4-1 following a goal by freshman Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) at 11:45. The Cardinals scored four of the next five goals to pull to 6-5 on the board, but Church gave the Bullets a two-goal lead with an unassisted tally 19 seconds before the half.

Church finished with four goals and one assist to lead the Bullets, while Crane tallied two goals and two helpers. Stahl added three goals and three ground balls and senior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) tallied two goals, two caused turnovers, and a team-high four draw controls.

Gettysburg senior goalie Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) registered six of her nine saves in the second half and became the sixth player in school history to reach 400 career saves.

The Bullets return to action on Tuesday, March 16, with a non-conference road trip to Elizabethtown College. Game time is 4 p.m.

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