April 9, 2011

Gettysburg Remains Perfect in Centennial Play

from press release

– Junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) posted four goals and an assist to help the Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team remain unbeaten in the Centennial Conference this spring with a 14-7 win at Ursinus College on Saturday.

Gettysburg (9-2, 6-0 CC) notched its 15th consecutive win over a conference foe dating back to the 2009 regular-season finale against Franklin & Marshall College. Church broke a 3-3 tie in the first half with back-to-back scores as she led the squad in scoring, while sophomore Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) turned in three goals and one helper. Junior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) stopped 10 shots in the cage for the Bullets, marking her third-straight game with 10 or more saves.

Ursinus (6-6, 4-2 CC) entered the week as one of three teams still undefeated in league play, but perennial finalists Franklin & Marshall and Gettysburg put a damper on the Bears' start. The Diplomats and Bullets remain the league's only unbeatens with their annual showdown just 11 days away.

On each of Gettysburg's first three scores, Ursinus had an answer as Alyssa Thren knotted the game at 3-3 on a free-position shot at 13:11. Just 18 seconds later, Church went to work with her first goal before tossing in another about a minute later. It was the start of a five-goal run with senior Marnie Commins (Fairfax Station, Va./Robinson) putting the visitors up 8-3 with 31 seconds left in the half.

Thren tallied one of her game-high five goals right before the end of the first half to pull her team to 8-4. Thren proved to be the Bears' only scoring threat, notching two of the team's three goals in the final stanza, while Gettysburg received goals from four players in the second half, including two apiece from Church and Robinson.

Gettysburg finished with a slight edge in both shots (23-21) and draw controls (12-11), while Urisnus held the advantage in ground balls 17-14. The Bullets did well on shots from the eight-meter arc, knocking down five of six attempts.

Commins finished with two goals and one assist for Gettysburg, while freshmen Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) and Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) each tallied two goals. Sophomore Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) was a force on the draw with a career-high seven draw controls, while Coleman added five ground balls to her save total.

Next up for Gettysburg is a non-conference meeting with Catholic University at home on Tuesday, April 12, at 6 p.m.

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