May 8, 2013

Gettysburg Overcomes Rain Delay and Rowan

from press release

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Not even a near-two hour weather delay could stop the Gettysburg College women's lacrosse team in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament as the fifth-ranked Bullets stormed past Rowan University 17-5 on Wednesday at Clark Field.

Gettysburg (19-1) and Rowan (11-6) suffered through a long delay following halftime as thunderstorms swept through the area east of town. The outcome was already heavily in favor of the hosts with a 14-0 lead and the margin never dipped below 11 after play resumed.

Junior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) led the attack with four goals and one assist, while freshman Maggie Connolly (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) added two goals and two assists. Senior Lindsay Menton (Ellicott City, Md./Glenelg Country Day School) led the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Gettysburg wasted little time getting into the scoring column as sophomore Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) scored 26 seconds into the game. Buell's second goal of the half was followed up just nine seconds later by junior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) to spot the hosts an 8-0 lead at 21:09.

Rowan found little give in Gettysburg's defense as the Profs managed just three shots, while committing nine turnovers in the opening period. The Bullets also dominated the draw circle in the first half, winning 10-of-15 draw controls.

After the long delay, most of Gettysburg's starting lineup sat out the final period or played limited roles. Rowan tallied four of the first five goals of the second half, including three goals by sophomore Becca Wood, to pull to 15-4. Freshman Abby Baigelman (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) and sophomore Liz Cocchiola (Lebanon, N.J./North Hunterdon) scored Gettysburg's final two goals to close out the victory.

Freshman Lindsay Clinton (Barto, Pa./Boyertown) stopped each of the first four shots she saw to earn the victory. Senior Alex Casey (Jenkintown, Pa./Abington) tallied three ground balls and two caused turnovers for the Bullets.

Eleven Bullets found the scoring column with Pruitt and Buell each tossing in two goals. Senior Lindsey Robinson (Potomac, Md./Holton-Arms) picked up one goal and two assists.

Wood finished with three goals and one assist for Rowan.

The Bullets advance to the next round where they will face Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which defeated St. John Fisher College 13-8. The game will take place on Saturday, May 11, at 2:30 p.m. on the campus of Middlebury College. 

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