April 20, 2011

No. 7 F&M Clips No. 6 Gettysburg

from press release

– In another classic battle between the Centennial Conference's top women's lacrosse teams, No. 7 Franklin & Marshall College tallied the game's final two goals to get by No. 6 Gettysburg College 9-7 at Tylus Field on Wednesday night.

With the victory, Franklin & Marshall (14-2, 8-0 CC) clinches the top seed for the Centennial Conference Tournament set for April 30-May 1. Gettysburg (12-3, 7-1 CC) will enter as the second seed with one final game left on its regular season schedule against Bryn Mawr College (5-8, 0-8 CC) this Saturday, April 23, at 1 p.m.

Junior Hannah Church (Ellicott City, Md./Mount de Sales) led Gettysburg with four goals, three of which came in the second half. F&M countered with four goals and an assist from Erin Dunne, while Lauren Selawski tossed in each of the game's final two scores.

After exchanging a pair of one-goal decisions last spring, Wednesday's affair had all the makings of another nail-biter. The Diplomats struck first just 69 seconds into the contest, but the visitors answered quickly with an unassisted tally by sophomore Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) at 27:58. Church was the next to score before freshman Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) capped the three-goal run at 14:24.

A low-scoring first-half was topped off by Franklin & Marshall's Erin Dunne at 12:47 which set the score at 3-2 heading into the break.

The second half opened with a flurry as the team's exchanged the first six goals. Gettysburg was first in the column with goals by freshman Kelsey Markiewicz (Salisbury, Conn./Berkshire (Mass.)) and Church, but those were answered in kind by Dunne and Cat Serpe to keep the one-goal difference at 5-4.

Church's third goal of the game gave the visitor's a 6-4 edge with 22:12 left to play. The lead would evaporate thanks to Dunne, who accounted for two goals in a 3-0 run by the hosts, the last off a free-position attempt giving the Diplomats a 7-6 lead at 13:29.

Church turned in her fourth tally of the night to lock the game at 7-7 with less than 10 minutes remaining. The Bullets had a chance to jump into the lead after winning the ensuing draw control, but freshman Loren Pruitt's (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) shot was saved by Diplomat keeper Kelsey Hoffman.

Franklin & Marshall turned the defensive stop into the go-ahead score as Lauren Ehrhardt found Selawski for the game's first assisted score at 7:34. After winning the next draw, the Diplomats struck again with Dunne tossing it to Selawski for an insurance goal at 6:49.

Junior Maddie Coleman (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge County) kept Gettysburg's hopes alive with a pair of point-blank saves, but the Bullets were unable to answer on the other end and committed a pair of turnovers. F&M successfully avoided the Bullets' pressure in the final minutes to secure the win.

Gettysburg finished with an edge in shots (26-21), but the Bullets finished just 3-of-11 on free-position attempts. The hosts also led in ground balls 17-11, while the visitors held a 10-8 in draw controls.

Coleman finished with eight saves, three ground balls, and a pair of caused turnovers in Gettysburg's cage. Hoffman countered in F&M's goal with a dozen saves, including seven in the second half.

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