February 19, 2014

No. 6 Gettysburg Tames No. 19 Stevenson

from press release

Bridget Kenny scored five times for the Bullets in the 14th consecutive season-opening win for Gettysburg. (John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com)

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Junior Bridget Kenny (Gladstone, N.J./Bernards) tied a career high with five goals and senior Loren Pruitt (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) scored four times to lead sixth-ranked Gettysburg College past No. 19 Stevenson University 15-6 in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Wednesday.

Gettysburg (1-0) won its season opener for the 14th consecutive season. The Bullets trailed for just over a minute as Stevenson (0-1) tallied the opening goal 1:44 into the contest. Sophomore Abby Baigelman (Larchmont, N.Y./Mamaroneck) scored the visitor's first goal of the season at 27:06, igniting an 8-1 run.

Marissa Meiklejohn scored her second goal of the game with 1:51 left before the break to cut the Mustangs' deficit to 8-3.

Kenny and senior Kelsey Markiewicz (Taconic, Conn./Berkshire School (Mass.)) scored back-to-back tallies at the beginning of the final period to put Gettysburg on top 10-3. Stevenson made a small run with three of the next four goals to pull to 11-6, but the Bullets' poured in the final four goals with Kenny tallying her fifth score with 43 seconds left.

Gettysburg overcame 23 turnovers by dominating draw controls 19-4. The Bullets out-shot Stevenson 31-22, while the Mustangs held the edge in ground balls 21-15.

Kenny added two ground balls and four draw controls. Pruitt's four scores pushed her into ninth on the program's all-time list at 146. Junior Mandy Buell (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) scored a career-high five points on one goal and four assists. Baigelman dished out a pair of helpers to go with her goal, while Markiewicz accounted for two scores and three draw controls.

Freshman Shannon Keeler (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) picked up 10 saves in her collegiate debut between the pipes. Junior Gretchen Boehmcke (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) tallied two ground balls and one caused turnover for the defensive unit.

Meiklejohn finished with two goals and an assist for Stevenson. Tori Wagner added two goals and one assist, while Kathryn Merrick picked up one goal and three assists.

Gettysburg returns to action at Messiah College on Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m.

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