March 23, 2013

Fifth-ranked Bullets Cruise in Centennial Opener

from press release

HAVERFORD, Pa. – Junior Katie Blumenthal (Malvern, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) scored three goals and freshman Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) recorded nine saves as the fifth-ranked Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team began the defense of its Centennial Conference championship with an 11-5 win over Haverford College on Saturday afternoon.

Gettysburg (7-0, 1-0 CC) remained perfect on the year and ran its winning streak against opponents ranked outside the national top 10 to 125 games. The Bullets pushed past Haverford (5-2, 0-1 CC) with a six-goal run spanning the end of the first half and beginning of the second.

Tied 2-2 midway through the opening period, Blumenthal ignited a 6-0 run with her first goal at 14:17. Her final two tallies of the half would give Gettysburg a 7-2 lead at the break.

In the meantime, Haverford found no way around Gettysburg's first-year goalie. Clinton posted eight saves over the final 15:16 of the first stanza, including three consecutive stops in a 30-second span. She halted free-position shots by Perrin Downing and Christina Gould before turning away Megan Gallagher at 8:52. Half of Clinton's save total came on free-position shots as the Fords finished 0-for-5 in the opening period from the eight-meter arc.

Junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) capped Gettysburg's scoring streak with a goal at the start of the final stanza to set the score at 8-2. The Bullets would lead by as many as seven in the final period with sophomore Liz Cocchiola's (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) third tally of the contest making it 11-4 with 16:56 to play.

Gettysburg held the edge in shots (33-19), ground balls (19-15), and draw controls (13-5). The Bullets were a perfect 15-of-15 on clear attempts.

Pruitt and sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) each tallied one goal and one assist, while junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Salisbury, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) dished out four assists. Six Bullets picked up a pair of draw controls with freshman Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) adding two caused turnovers and one goal.

Megan Gallagher and Diana Perry led Haverford with two goals apiece. Grace Stockbower posted four caused turnovers and two ground balls, while Shannon Horn made a dozen saves in goal.

Gettysburg will face fourth-ranked Middlebury College (4-0) at Clark Field on Monday, March 25, at 4 p.m.

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