April 24, 2013

No. 5 Gettysburg Tops No. 6 Franklin & Marshall

from press release

LANCASTER, Pa. – Senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) tossed in the game-winning goal with 1:40 to play and freshman Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) stopped the potential game-tying shot with 25 seconds left as fifth-ranked Gettysburg College defeated sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall College 12-11 in Centennial Conference women's lacrosse action at Tylus Field on Wednesday night.

With the win, Gettysburg (15-1, 8-0 CC) clinched the top seed and hosting rights for the final two rounds of the conference tournament set for May 4-5. Gettysburg also hosted last season's league championship when it won its conference-best seventh title.

Junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) tied a season high with five goals, while freshman Amanda Borucki (Westminster, Md./North Carroll) accounted for a season-best four goals. Clinton finished the game with four saves.

Caroline Krohn turned in eight points on three goals and five assists for Franklin & Marshall (12-3, 7-1 CC). Brittney Jorgenson added three goals, while goalie Kelsey Hoffman posted 14 saves.

It was another epic battle between the two national powers. After six ties in the opening period, Gettysburg appeared to grab some momentum with the final two goals by Borucki and Pruitt heading into halftime. Borucki tacked on another score to start the second stanza and make it a three-goal (9-6) advantage with 28:11 to play.

Franklin & Marshall turned in three of the next four goals with Krohn having a hand in each. She dished out assists on goals by Lauren Sewalski and Brittney Jorgenson to pull the hosts within a one (10-9) at 12:46.

Pruitt converted a pass to the front of the cage by freshman Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) to set the lead back at two (11-9) with just under 10 minutes to play.

The Diplomats answered just 53 seconds. Franklin & Marshall came up with the ensuing draw control, but junior Kelly Spieker (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) knocked the ball away from Maggie Mae Shields for the turnover.

Hoffman came up with her biggest save of the game, stonewalling a point-blank shot by sophomore Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) with 4:09 to play. The hosts used the stop to their advantage as Krohn found Grace Saliba for the game-tying goal with 3:35 left.

Despite winning the next draw control, the Diplomats turned the ball back over to Gettysburg. After an initial shot was off target, the Bullets tallied the game-winner as junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) tossed the ball high in front of the cage for a one-timer by Robinson with 1:40 on the board.

Markiewicz scooped up the next draw control, but Shields knocked the ball away and led the charge back to Franklin & Marshall's offensive zone. After running through the offense, Shields took the ball to the cage only to have Clinton step in front of her shot. The carom was scooped up by senior Lindsay Menton (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg Country Day) who raced down the field. The Bullets successfully cleared the ball before turning the ball over with less than two seconds remaining.

Gettysburg finished with a 31-18 lead in shots and a 16-9 advantage in draw controls. The Bullets also tied a season low with only eight turnovers in the game.

Senior Mairead McGuirk (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll School) grabbed five draw controls and two ground balls for the visitors. Kenny added four draws controls, while senior Hayward Sawers (Timonium, Md./St. Paul's School for Girls) corralled three draw controls. Markiewicz finished the game with two assists, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls. Connolly dished out three assists and scored one goal, while Robinson finished with two goals.

Gettysburg closes the regular season against Bryn Mawr College on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m.

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