February 23, 2012

Top-Ranked Gettysburg Routs No. 17 Mary Washington

from press release

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The top-ranked Gettysburg College women’s lacrosse team didn’t miss a beat in its season opener, scoring the final 13 goals in a 17-4 rout of No. 17 University of Mary Washington Thursday evening.

Gettysburg (1-0), the defending champions in NCAA Division III, was led by senior Hannah Church who posted career bests with seven goals and nine points. Sophomore Loren Pruitt tied a personal mark with four goals, while junior Lindsey Robinson added two goals and three assists.

Mary Washington (1-1) jumped out to an early lead with Keller Torrey tossing in two goals and Jenna Petrucelli adding another for a 3-0 advantage. The lead was short-lived as the Bullets stormed back with the next four goals, three by Church, to regain the upper hand.

The Eagles forced a temporary tie with 21:45 left in the opening period before Gettysburg opened the floodgates. Pruitt started the run and Robinson added a pair of goals. Church capped the first-half scoring with her fourth goal of the period to lift the visitors to an 8-4 lead at the half.

The defense completely locked down Mary Washington in the second half with the offense throwing in nine more tallies.

Sophomores Kelsey Markiewicz and Katie Blumenthal each added a pair of goals, with the former corralling a career-high eight draw controls.

Junior Alex Casey led the defensive effort with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Senior goalkeeper Maddie Coleman posted five saves in the victory.

The 13-goal victory was Gettysburg’s best in a season opener since beating Kenyon College 14-1 to kick off the 1997 campaign.

The Bullets return to action on Saturday, March 3, with a road trip to Elizabethtown College. The contest is set to begin at noon.

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