March 2, 2013

No. 4 Bullets Drop No. 11 Messiah

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) scored the go-ahead goal with 10:48 left and Gettysburg College maintained possession of the ball for the final eight minutes to secure a hard-fought 10-8 win over 11th-ranked Messiah College Saturday at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (2-0), rated fourth in the latest national poll, received two goals apiece from senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms), junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), and Kenny. Robinson added three assists, while junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Salisbury, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) posted a goal and two assists. Freshman goalie Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) posted six saves in the victory.

It was a back-and-forth battle as Messiah (1-1) opened with the game's first goal only to see Pruitt, sophomore Bailey Beardsley (Union Bridge, Md./Francis Scott Key), and Robinson go on a three-goal run for the Bullets to set the score at 3-1 at 16:09.

Lizzy Keeney held the hot hand early for the Falcons, turning in two more goals to tie the game at 3-3. Sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) helped the hosts take the lead heading into the break, connecting off a feed from Robinson at 5:51.

Markiewicz gave Gettysburg a two-goal lead one minute into the final period, but Messiah charged back to take the lead. Keeney started a three-goal run at 28:11 off an assist by Cecilia Kjellman, and then it was Kjellman's turn to hit the net to tie the game. Claire Stikeleather put the Falcons in front 6-5 with an unassisted tally at 23:22.

Gettysburg answered in kind as Kenny scored 53 seconds after Stikeleather to tie the game. Goals by Robinson and freshman Amanda Borucki (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) just 10 seconds apart put the hosts in front 8-6 with 17:34 to play.

Messiah forced the fifth and final tie of the contest with Kiersten McGreer and Keeney posting two quick scores 37 seconds apart. The Falcons won the ensuing draw, but the Gettysburg defense forced a turnover. After a shot by Markiewicz was turned away by goalie Taylor Phillips, Robinson found Kenny in front of the cage for the eventual game-winner.

Messiah turned the ball over twice before Gettysburg went into its stall. The Bullets kept the ball away from the Falcons for the final 8:49 with Pruitt scoring with less than a second left.

Gettysburg out-shot Messiah 28-20 and held a 21-14 lead in ground balls. The Falcons won the battle off the draw 12-7.

Junior Kelly Spieker (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) posted three caused turnovers and four ground balls for Gettysburg. Senior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) posted three ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnvoers.

Keeney finished with five goals and five draw controls for Messiah. Maddie Comfort recorded four ground balls and five draw controls, while Kjellman and McGreer each finished with a goal and an assist. Phillips notched a game-high 10 saves in the cage.

Gettysburg resumes action with a pair of games at the National Training Center in Orlando, Fla., on March 11. The Bullets play Stevens Institute of Technology at 10 a.m. and Lynchburg College at 5 p.m.

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