May 16, 2010

Heading Home: Gettysburg Routs Trinity

from press release

–The Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team continued to ride on the wings of destiny this spring by blowing out Trinity (Conn.) College 17-3 in the NCAA Division III Tournament Regional Championship Saturday afternoon and clinching a spot in next weekend's national championships hosted at the Bullets' very own Clark Field.

Seniors Hollis Stahl (Hightstown, N.J./Peddie School) and Lauren Woodman (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver) led Gettysburg's scoring barrage with four goals and sophomore Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) chalked up a career-high seven points on three goals and four assists. Senior goalie Kristen Krammer (Woodbine, Md./Glenelg) polished off an outstanding weekend in the cage with eight saves.

Gettysburg (18-3) advances to its fourth semifinal in five seasons and joins a familiar crew as Hamilton College (20-0), Franklin & Marshall College (16-3), and Salisbury University (19-1) also breezed by their opponents on Sunday. Those four teams made up the semifinals of the 2009 women's lacrosse championships, with Franklin & Marshall taking the title. It will be rematches on both sides of the bracket, as the Diplomats meet the Continentals at 11 a.m. and the Bullets face the Sea Gulls at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. The two winners will square off for the Division III title on Sunday at noon in a game televised by CBSSports.

Sunday's opening goal was not turned in by a player wearing orange and blue décor as Trinity (15-4) struck on Jennifer Calver's free-position goal at 27:02. That would be the last goal by the Bantams until the one-minute mark of the final period, a scoreless stretch of 56:02.

In the meantime, Gettysburg was clicking on all cylinders on the offensive end and poured in six goals on its first eight shots. Senior Jessica Crane (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) initiated the run by handing out assists to Stahl and freshman Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) before the Bullets put up four goals in less than two minutes. Church scored her first tally at 17:01 and then handed off the ball to senior Lexie Hearn (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) for another goal just 22 seconds later to spot the hosts a 6-1 lead.

Trinity took seven free-position shots in the first period, but the visitors couldn't find the net thanks in large part to the efforts of Krammer. After posting nine saves against Babson College the day before, Gettysburg's senior keeper posted six of her eight stops in the first half against Trinity, helping the hosts head into the break with a 9-1 advantage.

The defense was just as stingy in the final stanza, holding Trinity without a shot until 19:07 when Krammer stonewalled Sarah Remes' free-position attempt. The Bantams only managed four shots in the second half and didn't reach the scoring column again until Liz Bruno scored with exactly one minute left.

Gettysburg pumped in eight goals on 13 shots in the second half with Woodman lighting the lamp twice and Church factoring into four consecutive goals.

Gettysburg out-shot Trinity 30-14 and corralled one more draw control (11-10) for the game.

Woodman tied a personal mark with four goals on four shots. Stahl polished off a nine-goal weekend with her effort and rocketed into second place on Gettysburg's all-time list for goals. She passed Megan Murphy '03 (187) and closed out the day with 190 for her career. Stahl also led the Bullets with three caused turnovers and tied for team honors with three ground balls. Church topped her career high for points by one and doubled her previous high for assists.

Hearn posted one goal and handed out a season-high four assists. Robinson and freshman Katie Levy (Baltimore, Md./Friends School) each scored twice and Crane posted a pair of assists. Senior defender Nicole Ditillo (Baldwin, Md./Fallston) led the way with four draw controls and corralled three ground balls.

In addition to a goal, Bruno added two ground balls, three draw controls, and one caused turnover for Trinity. Joy Finnen posted four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Stephanie Fisher and Gina Dinallo combined for four saves.

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