April 16, 2011

Hail of Bullets Rain on Washington College

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Poor weather conditions had little effect on the Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team as the sixth-ranked Bullets turned in their best offensive display of the season with a 20-4 victory over Washington College in Centennial Conference action at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (12-2, 7-0 CC) remained unbeaten in conference play despite a steady downpour for the majority of Saturday’s contest. The Bullets tossed in a season-high 20 goals on just 33 shots (.606 percent) with junior Hannah Church setting a personal mark with six scores. Senior Marnie Commins added four goals and two assists for the offense, while junior goalkeeper Maddie Coleman made it difficult for Washington (10-4, 4-4 CC) to get on the board with 11 saves in the Bullets’ cage.

Church set the tone for Gettysburg with the game’s opening goal on a free-position shot 27 seconds into the contest. Commins was next on the scoring list with another free-position goal as the hosts jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start.

After Washington netted its first goal, the Bullets turned in an 8-0 run extending into the second half. Church ended the period with a goal eight seconds before the horn and she began the second period with her sixth and final tally at 29:04.

Gettysburg’s reserves saw plenty of action in the game’s final 20 minutes with freshmen Bailey Beardsley and sophomore Haley Stauch each netting a pair of goals, the latter accounting for the host’s 20th goal with 2:32 to play.

Gettysburg finished with a 33-22 edge in shots and a 16-15 lead in ground balls. The Bullets were the more dominant team on the draw as well, winning 16-of-26.

Freshmen Kelsey Markiewicz and Loren Pruitt each tossed in a pair of goals for the hosts. Senior Becky Lutz was a major force all over the field, corralling a career-high tying seven draw controls to go with three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls.

Gettysburg will lay its perfect conference record on the line with its annual showdown at rival Franklin & Marshall College (12-2, 6-0 CC) on Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. The Diplomats were scheduled to play Haverford College later Saturday afternoon.

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