March 19, 2011

No. 5 Gettysburg Rebounds Against Haverford

from press release

– Haverford College opened with the first two goals, but that would be the extent of the Fords' celebration as fifth-ranked Gettysburg turned in the next nine goals en route to a 15-5 victory in Centennial Conference women's lacrosse action at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (4-1, 1-0 CC) rebounded from its loss of the season to No. 2 Hamilton College with a dominating effort in every area except off the draw against Haverford (4-2, 0-1 CC). The Bullets held significant advantages in shots (36-14) and ground balls (25-15), while forcing the visitors in twice as many turnovers (22-11). Haverford did win the battle off the draw 12-10.

Senior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) led eight Bullets in the scoring column with three goals. Sophomore Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) and freshman Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) each posted two goals and one assist, while junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) and freshmen Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Grace Ciolfi (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) each tossed in two goals.

The Fords were flying high in the game's opening minutes as Josie Ferri and Kayleigh Herrick –Reynolds posted back-to-back goals to open the game. Gettysburg deflated Haverford's sails quickly, rapping off the next nine goals leading into the start of the second half. Robinson had a hand in three of those scores, assisting on Blumenthal's first collegiate goal at 11:40 before taking a pair of passes from sophomore Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) to the cage for goals at 9:36 and 6:45.

Haverford pulled to 10-4 on a goal by Perrin Downing at 23:21 in the final period before the hosts tallied five of the final six goals to put the game out of reach. Commins and Ciolfi accounted for the final Gettysburg goals.

Defensively, Gettysburg held Haverford to its lowest goal total since the two teams met during the regular season last spring - a 12-3 victory for the Bullets. Gettysburg's defense also shut down Ferri, the conference's leading goal scorer, holding her to just three shots after the opening goal.

Sophomore Alex Casey (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington) led the hosts with three caused turnovers and scooped up three ground balls. Senior Becky Lutz (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), who spent the majority of the game marking Ferri, posted three ground balls, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls.

Senior Laura McIntyre (Glenmoore, Pa./Coatesville) and junior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) each played a half in goal for Gettysburg and combined for five saves.

Gettysburg returns to action on Wednesday, March 23, with a home date against No. 14 Catholic University at 5:30 p.m.

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