March 14, 2012

Top-Ranked Gettysburg Blasts No. 13 Stevens

from press release

– Senior Hannah Church and sophomore Loren Pruitt combined for 11 goals as the top-ranked Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team doubled up No. 13 Stevens Institute of Technology 18-9 on Wednesday.

Gettysburg (4-0) posted its fourth-straight win over a nationally-ranked opponent to start the spring. Church finished one off her career high with six goals and added an assist, while Pruitt topped her personal mark by one with five goals. Junior Lindsey Robinson chipped in with one goal and three assists.

The Bullets never trailed as Pruitt and Church combined for the team's first six goals. Pruitt opened with the game's first score at 28:42 off a feed by Church, while the senior's score with 6:45 left in the first half gave the nation's top program a 6-1 lead.

The Ducks pulled to four early in the second half, but Gettysburg exploded for seven of the next eight tallies, including three by Church, to take a 15-5 lead with only 8:21 to play.

Gettysburg out-shot Stevens 36-20 and won the draw-control battle 19-10.

The victory also marked the 295th of head coach Carol Cantele's coaching career as she remains on pace to become just the seventh women's lacrosse coach across all divisions of the NCAA to reach 300 wins.

Sophomore Kelsey Markiewicz and freshman Bridget Kenny each added two goals for the Bullets, while junior Hayward Sawers dished out a pair of helpers.

Senior goalie Maddie Coleman made four saves in each half to pick up the decision.

Church's point total pushed her into ninth place on Gettysburg's all-time list with 194. She also climbed into sixth on the career goals list with 155.

Gettysburg begins its Centennial Conference schedule this weekend with a trip to Haverford College on Saturday, March 17. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

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